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“I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore.”


Sorry, Evangelicals, You Can’t Play the Trump Card and the God Card at Same Time

By Jane Eisner

Excerpts:

“We found that evangelicals are drawn toward politics by messianic figures,” Mitchell wrote in RealClearPolitics. “Although certainly not Christ-like, Trump is perceived to be strong and bold; a leader that will help evangelicals navigate a world they believe is too often adrift and too different from what they want.”

 

 

I get it. In a way, it mirrors the extreme partisanship of most American Jews, whose affinity for the Democratic Party seems to extend far past a particular candidate.

Here’s my struggle: We liberal American Jews view that attachment as a reflection of our faith and values, not a repudiation of them. But white evangelicals seem to bypass faith values to support a thrice-married man who boasts about his sexual exploits, made a fortune from gambling, supported abortion rights and gay and lesbian rights not too long ago, struggles to quote a single verse from the Bible and clearly doesn’t believe in a judgmental God or the Golden Rule.

 

 

If they want to be unabashedly pragmatic voters who don’t walk the walk, fine. But they’ve lost the moral high ground. I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore.

Which is funny, because they have pilloried a leader who has conducted himself with great probity and grace, and who exudes family values without a touch of scandal. But the guy who’s been in the White House for the past seven years is also the wrong color, which may sadly hint at the real explanation for white evangelical support for Donald Trump.

[my emphasis – onesimus]

Full article here:  http://forward.com/opinion/345668/sorry-evangelicals-you-cant-play-the-trump-card-and-the-god-card-at-same-ti/?attribution=articles-article-related-1-headline

 

(Thanks to Marleen for bringing my attention to this article)

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1 Response to ““I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore.””


  1. 1 Marleen
    October 29, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I’m sharing this from another site.

    Reply
    Marleen says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 5:19 am} [Note: I don’t know what time zone that is. I will put the site times in {}.]
    http://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Report-Trump-draws-jeers-at-Republican-event-tells-crowd-he-doesnt-want-their-money-436308#article=6023MUMwMDQ5QzJFM0IyOEU2MDg3RDZCOTBEQjVGNTY3NEM=
    By DANIEL J. ROTH,REUTERS
    Fri, 04 Dec 2015, 01:42 AM

    The crowd was further dismayed after Trump questioned Israel’s commitment to peace, and refused to affirm Jerusalem as united capital.

    US Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump on Thursday questioned Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution, refused to declare his support for a united Jerusalem, joked about Jewish stereotypes ….

    Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) summit in Washington, Trump struggled to win over the the politically savvy crowd….
    Reply
    Marleen says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 5:20 am}
    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/trump-carson-flop-jewish-republicans-216411
    By Ben Schreckinger
    12/03/15 06:16 PM EST
    Updated 12/03/15 10:04 PM EST

    Trump began the day in a hole with this crowd after questioning Israel’s commitment to making peace with Palestine in an interview ahead of the summit. “A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal — whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump told The Associated Press of the prospects for peace in the region. “They may not be.”
    Reply
    Jeanne T. says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 9:00 am}
    “Israel reveals the hearts of men, and Jerusalem will sift the nations.” – Philip Haney
    Reply
    Marleen says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm}
    Too bad Milania never did the news conference the Donald promised, to prove she’s got all her papers in order. But nobody cares, right? She’s white and pretty (like Putin).

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/10/19/obamas-halfbrother-and-trumps-debate-guest-is-a-supporter-of-hamas-n2234690?utm_source=TopBreakingNewsCarousel&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingNewsCarousel

    Extreme Vetting: Obama’s Half-Brother and Trump’s Debate Guest is a Supporter of Islamic Terror Group Hamas
    Katie Pavlich |Posted: Oct 19, 2016 12:00 PM
    Malik has been an outspoken opponent of the President and a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. There’s just one big problem: He’s a supporter of the Iranian backed Islamic terror organization Hamas.
    Reply
    Marleen says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm}
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/14/middleeast/israel-unesco-jerusalem-holy-site/
    In a letter from Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett following the vote, Israel announced it will freeze all professional activities with UNESCO.

    US State Department spokesman Mark Toner also criticized the decision. “We are deeply concerned about these kinds of recurring, politicized resolutions that do nothing to advance constructive results on the ground. And we don’t believe they should be adopted,” Toner said.

    The United States stopped funding UNESCO in 2011 over the organization’s acceptance of a Palestinian bid for full membership.

    ……

    The draft decision will go before a full plenary of the UNESCO Executive Board on Tuesday. It will either be adopted unanimously, or be the subject of further debate and a possible vote.
    Reply
    Marleen says:
    {October 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm}
    “Evangelicals” ?
    Are you really ready to fall for KGB style double-speak?

    Wed. Oct. 19th 5:13:30 PM Eastern –>
    Jason Miller — Trump’s Senior Communications Advisor — quote:
    People want a change in direction, upwards of seventy-six percent of the people… When the President’s, when the President’s, uh, half-brother, uh, even he, thinks that we need to change in direction, uh, I mean, that tells you what the American public thinks.
    Reply

    [I’m not sure, but that might be 2:13:30 in Nevada — where the third debate happened.

    I have seen this same man, subsequently, saying similar things on various outlets.]


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