The Case for Taxing Churches: A Reader
I happen to know many of these people.
A Politico study finds that support for The Donald is located chiefly — though not exclusively, of course — amongst evangelicals, and that Christian broadcasters are his most reliable boosters.
A generation ago—even a few years ago—this would have been unthinkable. Christian TV was largely the province of preachers, musicians, faith healers and a series of televangelism scandals. Politicians were leery of getting too close. To establishment evangelicals, not to mention the rest of America, Christian TV was hokey at best, and disreputable at worst.
But in the past two years, largely out of view of the coastal media and the Washington establishment, a transformation has taken place. As Christian networks have become more comfortable with politics, the Trump administration has turned them into a new pipeline for its message. Trump has forged a particularly tight marriage of convenience with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which since early in the 2016 campaign has offered consistent friendly coverage and been granted remarkable access in return.
Remember this when you hear tedious mewling about “religious freedom” from evangelicals: They voted for a man who proposed a religious test as a condition of admittance to the United States, and at one point spoke positively of creating a Muslim registry. In America, land of the free and the home of the brave, and whose greatest conceit is its freedom to think and believe as you like.
Evangelicals are innately hostile to American ideals, and don’t believe in religious freedom; they believe in privileges for their club.
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) April 20, 2018
A Public Religion Research Institute survey finds that white evangelical support for Donald Trump is increasing.
White evangelical support for Donald Trump has steadily increased over time. Notably, Trump’s favorability among white evangelicals never reached 50 percent during the 2016 primary season. By the early fall of 2016, however, his favorability among white evangelicals had jumped to 61 percent. By the inauguration it increased to 68 percent, and shortly after the inauguration in February 2017 it jumped again to 74 percent. Over the course of 2017, there were minor fluctuations, but Trump’s favorability among white evangelicals never dipped below 65 percent during this time.
Trump’s support among white evangelicals at this stage of his presidency is strikingly solid. While there are modest differences by gender, Trump’s favorability among white evangelical women is still a robust 71 percent, compared to 81 percent among white evangelical men. And Trump’s favorability is still a strong 68 percent among college-educated white evangelicals, compared to 78 percent among those without a college degree.
Looking ahead to the 2020 election, Trump’s support among white evangelicals is also strong. White evangelical Protestants who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party say they would prefer Donald Trump, rather than another candidate, to be the GOP nominee for president in 2020 (69 percent vs. 23 percent).
Well … ho-hum. Donald Trump is the truth about who the Evangelical Right really are; the stuff about family values and love-love-love is no more than a gaudy marketing lie, nor has it ever been. There is a lot of malice stacked-up in evangelicals, and Donald Trump is their real voice.