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When are religious voters going to get tired of being jerked around by Republicans?

Last week at a supposedly religious event in Washington titled the “Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority” conference, social conservatives were told that Donald Trump is the only choice for evangelicals. Conference leader Ralph Reed cited Trump’s positions on abortion, gay marriage, and the list of socially conservative judges that Trump says he will appoint to the Supreme Court.

Which is complete bullshit. Trump “has been pro-choice most of his life, was and is pro-gay, and has no problem with transgender people using whatever bathroom they like.” Not to mention that Trump frequently swears in public, has bragged about his adultery, says derogatory things about women, and is no model of Christian charity or forgiveness. In fact, it seems like the only time Trump turns the other cheek is so he can lie out of both sides of his mouth. And why would anyone believe Trump’s list of Supreme Court appointees, when it seems more likely that he would appoint one of his children.

The most ironic part is how Reed explained away Trump’s complete lack of religious (and moral) values. He told the audience that they shouldn’t be searching for perfection in their political leaders, saying that there’s only one example of perfection in human history, “and that’s Jesus Christ. Unlike a lot of our friends on the other side, we’re not looking for a political Messiah. Because we already have a Messiah.”

And Reed added that God “uses imperfect people to achieve his perfect will.” Or He will, but only if you vote for Trump (even though Hillary Clinton is far more religious than Trump).

The conference also endorsed Trump’s proposed wall, and invoked the wall around Jerusalem as the reason why Trump’s wall to keep Mexicans out would work. Completely ignoring the fact that the current wall around Jerusalem was built by Sultan Suleiman when Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, and the wall before that was built to keep out the Crusaders (and the wall before that was built by the Romans, etc.). The Christians never built any wall around Jerusalem; several of the walls were specifically built to keep the Christians out.

But why let facts get in the way?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Sounds like the preacher in California who feels Killing gays is the right thing to do; except it just happens to be against the ten commandments that the Christians adopted from the Hebrew. Gays do not reproduce and multiply. No hypocrisy there with that guy.

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 4:50 am | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    To be religious, I assume you must have faith, something I have little of, and if you truly believe then that’s all that’s needed. I probably shouldn’t write this because it’s such a red button issue with so many, but religion has always been a form of brain washing. Stronger in some religions but present in all. And now Republicans have learned how to harness the power of “FAITH”. Amen!

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  3. James wrote:

    Oh c’mon now. This is religion we’re talking about. Facts, logic, reality and consistency are only ever applied selectively and then to support the core objective – feelings.

    That’s where the Trump connection is: He trades in feelings too, using the exact same methods. It’s no wonder people like Reed see a kindred spirit.

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    OK, but my question is why evangelicals are so gullible. They were completely jerked around by Dubya, and now they are being told to support a completely non-religious person.

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  5. Wildwood wrote:

    Because they have faith. They give up rational thinking to follow the directives of those they have faith in. In some ways it makes their lives easier. Just do as we say and heaven is yours.

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  6. ThatGuy wrote:

    +1 to Wildwood. People who fall for magic are just as likely to fall for a tangerine-hued con man.

    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Permalink