I didn’t really think about it at the time, but the issues that conservative evangelicals care about–abortion, religious liberty, and the Johnson Amendment–were largely absent from Trump’s recent speech to a joint session of Congress. (Although I imagine that the Christian Right let out a collective cheer when he mentioned Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch).
David Gibson has more in his piece at Religion News Service. Here is a taste:
A day after his first speech to Congress, President Trump was still basking in unexpected praise from the public and some pundits who saw in his delivery a man who finally came across as measured in tone and downright “presidential,” as some put it, even if his few policy prescriptions reiterated the hard line, nationalist agenda that propelled him to office.
But there is one key constituency that might not be as enamored with the address: social conservatives, whose support was arguably most critical to Trump’s election.
“Did I miss references to religious liberty or the unborn?” Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, tweeted right after the speech on Tuesday night (Feb. 28).
No, Stetzer’s social media followers assured him, he did not miss them, because they weren’t there.
In fact, in the hourlong address – one of the longest such speeches delivered to a joint session by a president – Trump did not mention abortion or gay rights or religious freedom or any of the issues that are central to religious conservatives.
Read the rest here.
What say ye Trump evangelicals?