We all know that the Religious Right live by double standards. During this very bizarre political campaign of the Republican Party, we have seen millions of “True Christians” embracing the Orange Menace who lies constantly, is a bigot, racist, braggart who thinks it’s great his wife has posed totally naked in magazines for men to ogle over. Trump is a huge example of Christian hypocrisy all rolled into one little man with tiny hands.
From Americans United, Simon Brown
It has been amusing – and occasionally depressing – to watch the Religious Right’s leadership twist themselves into knots as they explain why it’s perfectly acceptable to vote for Donald Trump, a coarse, thrice-married reality TV star who has no history of being a pious churchgoer.
The latest far-right figure to try making the case for Trump is Wayne Grudem. He’s an evangelical with degrees from Harvard and Cambridge and author of Politics According to the Bible, a 619-page tome that claims to offer a biblical take on all modern policy issues. (In case you were wondering, the estate tax is “unbiblical” according to Grudem). He also wrote Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, which explains that women aren’t capable of interpreting the Bible and therefore shouldn’t be given leadership positions in churches. Glad that’s settled.
Grudem is not stupid, but his argument for why voting Trump is the “moral” thing to do is less than convincing. In a column for the far-right website Townhall, Grudem drones on for roughly 5,000 words seemingly in the hope that a least one of his ideas will convince a few reluctant right wingers to stump for Trump.
A cousin of mine who lives in Mississippi wrote a post on Facebook attempting to make the case of why evangelicals need to vote for Trump, even though she considers him to be “immoral”. She says, “We need to vote for Trump because he promised to protect the rights of evangelical Christians.”
Now, wait…she just said he was immoral, but she also chooses to believe him? I don’t find it much of a surprise though that Evangelical Christians back a bigoted racist, women hating, sexual harassment justifying liar. Because, it’s mostly about the Supreme Court Justices he has promised to appoint.
Grudem gets off to a rocky start, writing that this Trump guy may not be perfect – but you should vote for him because his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is much worse.
“I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for aflawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent,” Grudem said. “In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.”
The theologian goes on to acknowledge that, like much of the Religious Right, he “did not support Trump in the primary season” and actually spoke against the real estate mogul at a conference in February.
Grudem also painted a less-than-flattering portrait of The Donald.
“He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash,” wrote Grudem. “He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.”
Wow. That’s pretty harsh. But Grudem says Trump is still the preferred candidate chiefly because of the Supreme Court.
“Hillary Clinton would quickly replace Justice Scalia with another liberal like Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan,” Grudem opined. “This would give liberals a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court even without Justice Kennedy, and 6-3 when he votes with them.”
There you have it. The truth is that some in the Religious Right do not love Trump. They simply dislike Clinton so much that virtually anyone else is preferable. So they are willing to remain silent over a guy who as of late has been attacking the parents of a soldier who died while protecting his troops in Afghanistan.
Religious Right leaders are so quick to judge the rest of us. Maybe it’s time they took a hard look at their own hypocrisy