Gettin' Me Down: Donald Trump and the Religious Right
With the recent gathering of the Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. this week, I've been contemplating the marriage of Donald Trump, the right wing of American politics, and Evangelicals.
I'm still puzzled.
Christians love Donald Trump? The guy who says he never has sought forgiveness and loves the book "2 Corinthians" and loves to take communion, or as he puts it "drink my little wine and my little cracker".
How far should a religious community really go in order to have access to power? Does this Donald Trump worship constitute idolatry? I think the evangelical community has really done themselves some serious long-term damage that they won't be able to recover from. Donald Trump is undoubtedly morally bankrupt, egotistical, and shockingly unaware of even the most basic tenets of Christianity.The fact is, he has exploited religious relgious right, used them as pawns. They have made a deal with the devil.
Is he a Christian? Doesn't seem like it according to this New Yorker profile on Vice President Mike Pence.
"Trump also likes to “let Pence know who’s boss.” A staff member from Trump’s campaign recalls him mocking Pence’s religiosity. He said that, when people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?” Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality. During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own. “You see?” Trump asked Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.” When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”
A few other resources that I've found helpful:
George W. Bush's Speechwriter on Trump and Evangelicals
A former CBN employee speaks out on the dirty marriage of Evangelicals and Right-Wing Politics
The Religious Right Will Rise and Fall With Donald Trump