I was struck by one of the quotes in Jack Jenkins’s recent piece at Religion News Service on the evangelical response to the Trump s***hole remark.
Jenkins quotes Johnnie Moore, the court evangelical who basks in the fact that he has been described as one of the “world’s most influential young leaders” and “a modern day Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”
Here is the quote:
Johnnie Moore, a former vice president of Liberty University and the de facto spokesman for the unofficial advisory board, responded to RNS in an email about Trump’s alleged remark: “Obviously, those words aren’t words we would use, and everyone who knows us knows this.”
- What “words” are Moore referring to in this quote: The vulgar word Trump used or the president’s words about immigration?
- If he is talking about the latter, is it really true that “everyone” knows that “those words aren’t words we would use?” Frankly, after a year of court evangelicalism, I don’t think this is as “obvious” as Moore suggests it is. It is certainly not “obvious” to me.