There was nothing very brilliant about foreseeing that the unholy marriage of the Evangelical Right and Donald Trump couldn’t end happily for evangelicals, but even I have sometimes been startled by the frank contempt their unhinged loyalty to Trump has engendered.
The progressive leaders Pete Buttigieg and Stacey Abrams are confronting the hypocrisy of the religious right.
We know that slaveholders in the American South used Scripture to justify keeping their fellow humans in bondage. They could find no words from Christ on this, for there are no words from him. Just a line in the New Testament from mere mortals presuming to speak for him.
But perhaps it made those who tore apart families, who whipped insubordinates until they passed out, who sold children and cotton bales as similar commodities feel better to know that the monstrous crime of their daily enterprise could be a blessed act.
These days, no less an authority than Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said recently that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
Good. For almost 4-decades, conservative butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-their-mouths Christians have been wagging their fingers under everybody’s nose and presuming to give instruction on right behavior — and now only the willfully blind can’t see and smell the ignorance and malice and incandescent hypocrisy.