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      Desperately Seeking Jesus

      Trump Turns To Evangelicals


      In early 2016, Trump is anointed by Christian evangelicals in Cleveland

      to protect him from "concentrated satanic attack"


      By Ray Cunneff

      January 11, 2019


      A report today in The Guardian underscores what may be President Donald Trump's last line of defense against a sea of troubles - from the tightening noose of the Mueller investigations, pending ally and family indictments, and a painfully protracted and unnecessary government shutdown - the devoted white Christian evangelicals who stand by him despite his very un-Christian offenses.

      The Guardian article paints a portrait of the president and members of his regime increasingly invoking their supposed faith in a mutual support system with evangelical Christians, i.e. white nationalists, seen as a major component of his zealous, unwavering base.

      Reporter Julian Borger notes that an important part of Trump's appeal is in the people he chooses to surround himself, people deeply immersed in white Christian nationalism and a belief in the “end times”.

      Borger: “In setting out the Trump administration’s Middle East policy, one of the first things (Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo made clear to his audience in Cairo is that he had come to the region as ‘as an evangelical Christian'”.

      Borger recounted an episode at a Wichita, Kansas church at which then-congressman Pompeo told congregants "It is a never-ending struggle … until the rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight”. Borger writes, “For Pompeo’s audience, the rapture invoked an apocalyptical Christian vision of the future, a final battle between good and evil, and the second coming of Jesus Christ, when the faithful will ascend to heaven and the rest will go to hell.”

      Selecting Pompeo as Secretary of State, combined with the overly fervent "can't be alone with a woman" Christian Mike Pence as his vice president, reassured and endeared Trump to evangelicals who are willing to accept Trump’s monumental imperfections.

      “Trump himself embodies the very opposite of a pious Christian ideal. Trump is not churchgoer. He is profane, twice divorced, who has boasted of sexually assaulting women. But white evangelicals have embraced him,” the Guardian reports, adding, “Trump’s choice of Pence as a running mate was a gesture of his commitment, and four of the six preachers at his inauguration were evangelicals, including White and Franklin Graham, the eldest son of the preacher Billy Graham, who defended Trump through his many sex scandals, pointing out: ‘We are all sinners.'”

      Katherine Stewart, who writes extensively about the Christian right, says Trump is frequently compared to a modern day King Cyrus, a model for "a nonbeliever appointed by God as a vessel for the purposes of the faithful”, adding that evangelicals welcome his readiness to break democratic norms to combat perceived threats to their values and way of life.

      She said, “The Christian nationalist movement is characterized by feelings of persecution and, to some degree, paranoia – a clear example is the idea that there is somehow a ‘war on Christmas’. People in those positions will often go for authoritarian leaders who will do whatever is necessary to fight for their cause.”



      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/11/tr...


      Donald Trump at the Republican national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on 18 July 2016.

      Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

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          Ray Cunneff
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          He doesn't know wtaf he's doing.

          He panders to the loyalists, he's allowing the evangies access to our constitutionally protected ( from them ) government and in doing so, creates vast vulnerability to Americans. It's how Putin maintains control over the people under his rule.

          ( I was going to call them "his" people, but, they're not. They are innocents caught in a very evil conflagration of a few who can't rein in their greed. )

          This, left unfettered, is going to cause great grief to us all. In the name of Jeebus, of course.

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              Ray Cunneff
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              Is it accurate to refer to "Evangelical Christians" as "white nationalists"?


              I know its true of some, and maybe even of many - but I don't know that it is even a majority let alone a fair characterization of the whole.


              I'm confident there are some Evangelical supporters who are not "white nationalist" and I know that there are some Evangelicals who are anti-Trump.


              I'm not a fan of the Evangelical movement as a whole, but lumping them all as "racist" is I think the kind of mistake that the Right properly complains about when it comes to Press characterizations.


              Otherwise - I agree with the article.

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                  Jerry Tanenbaum
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                  I think trying to say that attacking the group of Evangelicals is attacking each individual person is a deflection from the issue. We went to war against Nazi Germany in W.W. II, not every single German. We are at war with hate,ignorance and hypocrites. The Evangelical movement is full of hateful,ignorant, hypocrites. Not one person ever said every single person who considers themselves in this group is bad. The group on a whole is, according to the actions of those they consider their leaders. Same with republicans. Trying to dismiss the truth by saying, "well some are good people" is a waste of time and completely avoids the issues.

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                          Ray Cunneff
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                          So funny how all you supposed tolerant progressives, expose yourself as the bigots you are when you attack Christians. Please continue to do so. We Christians will continue to pray for you, since we hate the sin, not the sinner. You are demonstrating your hate and bigotry and the majority of the people see it. With any luck we will run your ideals into the ground and you are helping provide the evidence to do it.

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                              Tom Lowe
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                              You're not seeking luck, you seek control.

                              You're not going to get it, nor will you ever be strong enough to "run ( anyone who's not Christian ) ideals into the ground."

                              Been trying for 2000 years, and all you've succeeded in doing is killing people who aren't like you.

                              Get new goals.


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                                      Tom Lowe
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                                      funny, the biggest hypocrites there are are those that claim to be religious and act the opposite of how they are to supposed to act. Calling a killer a murderer is not attacking that person. Calling self proclaimed and self righteous Christians hypocrites for acting the opposite of their Lord and savior Jesus Christ is telling the truth. Any christian that supports trump is a huge hypocrite, and that is an undeniable fact.

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                                          Tom Lowe
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                                          They are not attacking people who follow the teaching of Christ. They are not attacking people who are after God's own heart. They are not attacking those who love and obey Jesus.


                                          They, myself included, are disgusted by the hypocrisy of the current brood of vipers, just as they angered Jesus then and now.

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