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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:53 PM

False Idol -- Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump

On the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York talking to leaders of the religious right about sex-reassignment surgery. In a way, he was bringing about his own transformation. Having quashed the idea that his run for president was a lark or a publicity stunt, having come from behind to take the Republican nomination, and having fought his way up the polls to the extent that he was within striking distance of Hillary Clinton, Trump was now trying to seal the deal. And that involved something he would soon become much more known for: a discussion of other people’s genitalia.

“With the operation or without the operation?” Trump asked the conservative Christian leaders gathered specifically to ascertain whether to grant him their support. In other words, would HB2 — North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill — apply to transgender people who had not undergone surgery to alter their sex?

“Without the operation,” Christian radio talk-show host Frank Turek confirmed, according to a tape of the meeting exclusively obtained by Rolling Stone. “If you’re a man but you feel like a woman that day, if you’re Shania Twain, you can go into a woman’s bathroom, and no one can say a word about it.”

Trump seemed to ponder this deeply. For much of his political run, the thrice-married, swindling, profane, materialistic, self-styled playboy had appealed mainly to the more fringe elements of Christianity, a ragtag group of prosperity gospelers (like his “spiritual adviser” Paula White, a televangelist who promises her donors their own personal angel), Christian dominionists (who believe that America’s laws should be founded explicitly on biblical ones — including stoning homosexuals), and charismatic or Pentecostal outliers (like Frank Amedia, the Trump campaign’s “liaison for Christian policy,” who once claimed to have raised an ant from the dead). Considering their extreme views, these folks had an alarming number of followers, but certainly nothing of voting-bloc magnitude.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/christian-right-worships-donald-trump-915381/

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:11 PM

1. Trash talking creeps

What are they saying about Shania Twain?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:11 PM

2. Wow! The "Christian" leaders in that room were just like the junkies...

...who thought the dealer that gave them their first fix for free was their BFF.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:07 PM

3. Dominionists and Reconstructionists about two steps removed...

from blowing up people for Christ.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:43 PM

4. Goes back to underlying racism as always, and stacking federal courts

They are winning.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:27 PM

5. So the answer to "why" is:

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… Never, never have evangelicals had the access to the president that they have under President Trump.” ….

And as Jesus himself pointed out, money tends to shut down moral inquiry. “It’s all about money,” Thornbury argues. “All these people were told, ‘Don’t say anything about Trump or we’re going to stop giving to your thing.’ All of the money that is behind these evangelical institutions is being given by Trump supporters.” ….

“I don’t think he’s godly, Alex,” my aunt tells me. “I just think he stands up for Christians. Trump’s a fighter. He’s done more for the Christian right than Reagan or Bush. I’m just so thankful we’ve got somebody that’s saying Christians have rights too.” ….

“The day that Obama put the rainbow colors in the White House was a sad day for America,” my aunt replies. “That was a slap in God’s face. Abortion was a slap in his face, and here we’ve killed 60 million babies since 1973. I believe we’re going to be judged. I believe we are being judged.”

“Alex, the Earth is going to be all burned up anyway,” my aunt says quietly. “It’s in the Bible.” ….

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 10:54 PM

6. Obsequious fawning over a thin-skinned tyrant who demands grovelling, unwavering loyalty...

...and unflinching belief in "alternative facts" comes very naturally to the Christian Right.

They've got a lot of practice at that sort of thing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 12:28 AM

7. why?

It's a combination of willful ignorance and stupidity. Simplest explanation I can come up with.

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