According to a recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll, a whopping three-fourths of white evangelicals approve of Donald Trump’s performance. How is this possible, especially in the face of the almost daily outrages from this White House? Well, as someone who has observed the religious right for almost three decades, it appears that this otherworldly support for Trump is a natural outgrowth of the religious right making people think voting for or supporting Democrats could put you in spiritual jeopardy.
The starkest reminder of this mentality to date came in the waning months before the 2016 election. A number of religious right leaders began telling their followers that whatever misgivings they had about Trump, it was their spiritual duty to vote for him in order to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. After all, they said, only a President Trump could do what was necessary to roll back abortion, end marriage equality, and take other steps to make America Christian again.
Three years later, this contortion and distortion is no less frustrating. So it was our spiritual duty to support a man who plastered a private cell phone number on social media, mocked the disabled, condoned violence at his rallies, and reveled in degrading women? Oh, that’s right. None of that matters as much as making the right clucking noises on social issues.
We got a lovely reminder of this on Sunday from America’s favorite false prophet, Mark Taylor. He hit the ceiling when he saw Elizabeth Warren speaking to the Black Church PAC in Atlanta on Saturday. Watch Warren’s speech here.
When a Trumpvangelical Twitter user saw this, he claimed that it was rank hypocrisy for someone who supported abortion to even dare to talk about faith.
Taylor agreed, and took it one step further.
Okay, Mark. I’ll play. You say that any pastor or church leader who supports Democrats is committing “spiritual treason”? Well, you’re one to talk.
You’re asking us to continue supporting a man who has no qualms about calling women “dog” and “horseface.” You’re asking us to continue supporting a man who, at best, has few qualms about blowing racist dog whistles and allowing his supporters to chant racist slogans. You’re asking us to continue supporting a man who fostered an environment in his campaign in which it was remotely acceptable for senior aides to solicit help from a hostile foreign power. You’re asking us to continue supporting a man who believes critical coverage is “fake news.”
And on, and on, and on. By continuing to support this manifestly unfit president while branding his opponents as part and parcel of the “Kingdom of Darkness,” you have announced in capital letters that you are a screaming hypocrite.
Then again, Mark, that’s a natural progression for you. After all, as much as you don’t want the world to know it, you are a false prophet. You claim to have gotten a “word from the Lord” that Trump would become president–by defeating Obama in 2012. But you left that little detail out when you went public with this “word” in 2016.
You have used your newfound fame to not only preach the gospel of Trump, but wrap some of the most noxious conspiracy theories out there in Christian dress. And you accuse Christian leaders who support Democrats of “spiritual treason”? What nerve you have. It’s not likely you can buy cojones that big in Orlando.
So there you have it, folks. Taylor expects us to bow and pray to the orange god he helped make, and ignore the fact that his dear one is possibly the most unfit and unqualified man ever to occupy the White House. And yet, he calls Democrats and those who support them agents of the devil. This, ladies and gentlemen, is yet more proof that it takes some severe spiritual contortions and distortions in order to be a Christian conservative who is still all-in for Trump.
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