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Politics in the U.S.

The U.S. 2016 election.
Evangelical Christians in crisis (Cont'd):

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vote Crisis among evangelical Christians (Continued):

  • "kdprincipal," a reader of Russell Moore's opinion piece, posted a comment to the article, saying:

    "I read a letter posted on Facebook and signed by hundreds of young evangelicals denouncing the religious hypocrites who try to speak on their behalf in favor of Donald Trump. That certainly gave me hope last week when I read it and this certainly gives me some hope today. I have to wonder how some of these political hacks keep their tax-exempt status on their mega-churches while functioning as an arm of the Republican party. ..." 1

  • Andy Crouch, editorial director of the very popular religious magazine "Christianity Today" said in an editorial that Christians should not support a man whose life is based around:

    "... idolatry, greed, and sexual immorality.

    The revelations of the past week of his vile and crude boasting about sexual conquest -- indeed, sexual assault -- might have been shocking, but they should have surprised no one.

    Enthusiasm for a candidate like Trump gives our neighbors ample reason to doubt that we believe Jesus is Lord.

    They see that some of us are so self-interested, and so self-protective, that we will ally ourselves with someone who violates all that is sacred to us." 2

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  • Wayne A. Grudem is a prominent evangelical theologian, seminary professor, author. co-founder of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the general editor of the ESV Study Bible. He said:

    "I previously called Donald Trump a ‘good candidate with flaws’ and a ‘flawed candidate’ but I now regret that I did not more strongly condemn his moral character. I cannot commend Trump’s moral character, and I strongly urge him to withdraw from the election." 3

  • James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and currently of Family Talk Radio took a "lesser of two evils" approach. He condemned Trump's comments but called Hillary Clinton's pro-choice position on abortion access to be "criminal." He issued a statement saying:

    "Mr Trump promises to support religious liberty and the dignity of the unborn. Mrs Clinton promises she will not." 3

    It is unclear whether Dobson's reference to "religious liberty" is to the freedom of religious speech, assembly, and belief which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, or to the more recent meaning of the term: religious liberty to discriminate against others in violation of human rights legislation and ordinances, as well as in violation of the Golden Rule.

  • Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition predicted that the audio tape would have "little or no impact."He said:

    "People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, grow the economy, appoint conservative judges and oppose the Iran nuclear deal. In their hierarchy of concerns, an 11-year-old tape of a private conversation with a talk show host on a tour bus ranks very low,” Reed said, arguing the video would have “little or no impact." 4

  • Franklin Graham is the President of Samaritan's Purse, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and son of famous evangelist Billy Graham. He wrote on Facebook:

    "The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended. But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended. I am not endorsing any candidates in this election. I have said it throughout this presidential campaign, and I will say it again -- both candidates are flawed. The only hope for the United States is God. Our nation’s many sins have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as Christians we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation. On November 8th we will all have a choice to make. The two candidates have very different visions for the future of America. The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There’s no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren, for generations to come." 5

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  • David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network tweeted:

    "This just in: Donald Trump is a flawed man!. We ALL sin every single day. What if we had a ‘hot mic’ around each one of us all the time?" 4

  • Owen Strachan, director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said:
  • "We … boggle at how some Christians and conservatives still defend Donald Trump. Without telling anyone who to vote for, let me speak directly: His words are inexcusable. His conduct is reprehensible. He deserves no defense." 4

  • Joshua DuBois, writing in The Daily Beast, said:
  • "Moore’s broken silence about the 2016 race -- rooted in her own experience with sexual assault -- signals a widening gender divide between [sic] evangelicals. Increasingly, moderate and conservative Christian women are speaking out about Trump’s brand of misogyny and divisiveness, and condemning support for the nominee, or silence about him, from male evangelicals." 1

  • book cover Katelyn Beaty was the former print managing editor of Christianity Today and author of "A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World." Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

    She said:
  • "Moore and others are saying to their fellow leaders, the one-in-six statistic ' -- of women who have experienced sexual assault --' includes me. When will you believe me and stand up for me? ... my hope is that more Christian men will stand up for their friends, wives, daughters, coworkers, and siblings in Christ and refuse to align themselves with a leader who is and will continue to be bad news for half the human population." 1

  • Beth Moore is a very popular evangelical Christian pastor, lecturer, and author. She reacted very negatively to Trump's "locker room banter" about sexually assaulting women. She said:

    "I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it."

She also had a word about evangelical leaders still supporting Trump:

    "Try to absorb how [un]acceptable the disesteem and objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don’t think it’s that big a deal." 1

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Russell Moore, "If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right," Washington Post, 2016-OCT-09, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  2. "Donald Trump crisis: Evangelical Christians desert Republican presidential nominee following lewd tape revelation," The Telegraph, 2016-OCT-12, at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
  3. Rachel Zoll, "Why do evangelicals prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton?," Associated Press, 2016-OCT-11, at: http://elections.ap.org/
  4. David Gibson, "Will Trump tape be tipping point with conservative Christians?" The Baptist Standard, 2016-OCT-11, at: https://www.baptiststandard.com/
  5. Franklin Graham, Facebook post, 2016-OCT-08, at: https://www.facebook.com/
  6. Rachel Zoll, "Why do evangelicals prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton?," Associated Press, 2016-OCT-11, at: http://elections.ap.org/

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-NOV-11
Latest update : 2016-NOV-13
Author: B.A. Robinson

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