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Fri Jun 5, 2020, 10:24 PM

The religious right is still sticking by Trump. Sadly, there's a long, grim pattern


The religious right is still sticking by Trump. Sadly, there's a long, grim pattern
Is there a line Trump could cross that would cause white evangelicals to abandon him? Don’t bet on it

Sarah Posner
Fri 5 Jun 2020 06.30 EDTLast modified on Fri 5 Jun 2020 06.31 EDT

(Guardian UK) As Donald Trump, aided by the attorney general, Bill Barr, orchestrates a militarized, armed-to-the-teeth crackdown, terrorizing lawful protesters of racism and police brutality, much of Trump’s white evangelical base is cheering him as a courageous, godly leader facing down protesters falsely depicted as “professional anarchists”, “cultural Marxists” and “domestic terrorists”.

For Trump’s Christian partisans, his Monday night photo op in front of St John’s Episcopal church in Washington DC, after Barr ordered the park between the White House and the church cleared of protesters with teargas, is just another illustration that Trump is a mighty protector of freedom – the freedom of his white Christian supporters, anyway.

A common refrain in white evangelical circles is to condemn the police murder of George Floyd as, in the anodyne words of the evangelist and Trump ally Franklin Graham, a “terrible tragedy that should not have happened and should never happen again”. In this all-too prevalent way of thinking, there’s only one cure for racism. As Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, told Fox News on Wednesday, the country could only be “healed” by people accepting Jesus Christ.

But when it comes to the systemic change demanded by lawful protesters all over the country, from its largest cities to its small towns, Trump’s defenders draw the line. “We cannot heal through commissions and blue-ribbon panels and more laws,” Patrick told Trump’s favorite network. Graham wrote in a Facebook post, “New laws and more government give-away programs are not the answer. It’s a heart problem, and only God can change the human heart.” .............(more)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/donald-trump-religious-right-george-floyd-racism





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Reply The religious right is still sticking by Trump. Sadly, there's a long, grim pattern (Original post)
marmar Jun 5 OP
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 10:31 PM

1. The "religious" right isn't religious. Theology has little to do with

their priorities; the fundies are social conservatives who use religion to try to enforce their views on abortion, homosexuality, women's rights and race relations on everyone else, using the power of government with Jesus as an excuse - even though Jesus didn't mention those things but made a big deal out of looking after the poor, the sick, the prisoners and the strangers - people the fundies have no use for.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 10:34 PM

2. the religious wrong is more like it

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Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:01 PM

3. Evil.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:06 PM

4. Pence - Freedom of religion

Pence - Freedom of religion

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:07 PM

5. Of course they support a fellow grifter.

They are all a bunch of grifters. Hucksters all. Reminds me of the 1964 Civil Rights legeslation. Assholes like Goldwater used the line "You can't change the hearts and minds.............." Nobody ever asked to change anybodies heart or mind just enforce cobstitutional law. Same as ever the media gives them a pass even with complete illogic. Fucking grifters get away with it.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:20 PM

6. Of course they will. Who expects anything else from this

pseudo religious group. He will maintain his base no matter what. You must accept this fact. They are a cult.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2020, 11:50 PM

7. Drumpf delivered a literal rebuttal to the Sermon on the Mount at the National Prayer Breakfast.

And they loved it.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jun 6, 2020, 11:39 AM

8. Evangelicals will not abandon him.

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Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:17 AM

9. Waiting to see if the Pope's coming out on the side of BLM will have any impact...

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