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Politics in the U.S.

The U.S. 2016 election season.
Evangelical Christians in crisis (Cont'd).
Phoney election news on the Internet.

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This topic is continued here from the previous essay

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Political parties Crisis among evangelical Christians (Continued):

  • Sara Groves, the Dove Award-nominated Christian artist, said that some of the negative comments by evangelicals concerning Trump:
  • "... can go a long way in helping Evangelicals recognize these major blind spots. ... When I first heard the tape, I was shocked, and a bit surprised at how deeply it hit me. I immediately thought of my own experiences, and of friends who have experienced much worse. ... There are those that are digging in and holding on to some strange mashup of politics and faith, but I also see a great number who are starting to see the difference between the body politic, and the body of Christ." 1

  • Rev. Lisa Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners, said:

"Trump’s offense is not only against a gender. His assaults on women are direct assaults against the image of God on earth." 1

  • Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, a pro-life African American Christian leader, remarked that evangelical leaders are failing to:

"... stand up, as Jesus did, against every form of racism and bigotry on open display almost daily by Donald Trump." 1

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  • Marlow Stern, writing for The Daily Beast, said:

    "... numerous GOP stalwarts have defected from Team Trump, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz. In total, about 70 prominent Republican politicians renounced Trump’s statements on the infamous [year 2005] tape, with more than 20 rescinding their endorsements of the former reality show host. 1

  • Ralph Reed of the Faith & Freedom Coalition said that Trump:

    "... apologized, he said he was embarrassed by those remarks, and then he moved on and focused on the issues." 2

  • Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council said:

    "There’s nobody watching today on this network that, if everything they ever said, did, looked at, interacted with other people about was on tape or video wouldn’t be deeply embarrassed. ... This is not a job interview for a Sunday school teacher." 2

  • Pastor Robert Jeffries of the First Baptist Church of Dallas said:

    "Look, I might not choose this man as a Sunday school teacher in my church, but that’s not what this election is about." 2

  • David French, writing for the National Review, said:

    "It’s time for compassion, but it’s also time for hard truth. While there are a number of influential Evangelicals who have tied themselves so closely to Trump that they now feel obliged to publicly excuse the inexcusable, there are millions more who look at the present political situation with abject despair in their hearts. The true limits of Evangelical political power have been revealed, Christians seem to lose another critical political or cultural battle every week, and there is simply no clear political path forward. Even worse, we have no one to truly blame but ourselves."

    "... for Evangelicals, there is no clear answer. Those who’ve strongly advocated for Trump have largely lost their public moral witness, corrupting their message and destroying their reputations in a vain quest to justify the unjustifiable. They occupy the same moral terrain as Bill Clinton’s most stalwart defenders in the 1990s, revealing themselves as more concerned with power and access than with character and principle." 3

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B.S. News reported on the following stories that never really happened:

Snopes.org is a web site that fact checks information on the Internet and elsewhere. They have described the Business Standard News web site (a.k.a. B.S. News) to be:

"... a satirical site" that does "not publish factual stories."

Webmaster's comment:

I personally recommend B.S.N. for its non-factual entertainment value. B.S. News has been heavily covering the leadup to the presidential election by publishing false stories. They are too outrageous to be true -- but only slightly. If the presidential race were to become just a little bit crazier than it now is, some of the following stories could actually surface.

B.S.News has said:

  • Televangelist Kenneth Copeland spoke on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, saying:

    "If Christians don’t support Trump, they are risking the wrath of God. Trump has been chosen by God, and by rejecting him, they are rejecting God. They could be punished with barrenness, poverty, or even having a gay child." 4

  • A Christian historian, David Barton, had earlier referred to Trump as "God's guy." Barton suggested that Trump's character flaws are similar to those of Noah and David in the Bible. Recall that:

    • Noah went to his tent, became drunk, and took off all his clothes. Later, his son Ham entered the tent and saw his father naked. Being naked under those conditions might be considered sinful behavior by some cultures. But, IMHO, an even greater flaw in Noah's character was displayed when he cursed Ham by saying that Ham's descendents would forever be enslaved. That curse was used by many Christians in previous centuries to justify the slavery of African Americans. Noah's sin in this case might be considered to be scapegoating: his curse was laid on a large group of people merely because they happened to be grandchildren of Ham or were the grandchildren's descendents. They had no involvement with Noah's sin, which occurred for many of them many centuries before they were born. The Bible has many passages in which the sins of guilty persons were arbitrarily transferred to other, innocent, people.

    • David's main sin was more obvious. He arranged that Uriah the Hittite be killed in a war so that David could cover up his adultery with Bathsheba who was Uriah's wife.

    Barton said:

    "Maybe God’s got a different standard than what we do. Maybe at a national leadership level, there are people who do good things for the nation who have character flaws … What God calls great leaders wouldn’t fit your litmus test, but maybe you need to catch up with where God is rather than expecting God to catch up with where you are." 4

  • Alex Jones has a radio program called Info Wars. He believes that the world is controlled by a group of shape-shifting reptilian aliens who will be voting for Hillary Clinton. He is quoted as saying:

    "I have received reports that the reptilian aliens will vote en masse for Hillary. It’s nearly impossible to track them because they can shape shift and look like anyone." 5

    BTW, his program for Friday, 2016-OCT-21 was titled: "Top General [said] Ww3 Has Begun."

  • Michael Savage, host of the radio show "The Savage Nation" allegedly said:

    "If Hillary wins it’s all over for us conservatives. I could see her personally supervising beheadings of Republicans she has thrown in Guantanamo." 6

I repeat: these are phony stories that never actually happened. But if the lead up to the 2020 election is even slightly crazier than 2016, who knows? Perhaps events like these could actually happen during the next presidential election.

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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. Joshua DuBois, "Powerful Evangelical Women Split From Male Church Leaders to Slam Trump," The Daily Beast, 2016-OCT-10, at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/
  2. Marlow Stern, "'The Daily Show' Blasts Pro-Trump Evangelicals for Their Hypocrisy," The Daily Beast, 2016-OCT-10, at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/
  3. David French, "Evangelicals, Our Problem Is Spiritual, Not Political," National Review, 2016-OCT-11, at: http://www.nationalreview.com/
  4. Hamish Balfour, "Copeland Says Christians Who Vote Against Trump Will Be Cursed With Poverty, Gay Children," The Business Standard News, 2016-AUG-10 at: http://bizstandardnews.com/
  5. Briana Marcos, "Jones Claims Reptilian Aliens Are Voting for Hillary," The Business Standard News, 2016-OCT-19 at: http://bizstandardnews.com/
  6. Jamal Whiteman, "Republicans Fear Hillary Will Behead Conservatives, Oppress Christians," The Business Standard News, 2016-OCT-20 at: http://bizstandardnews.com/

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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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