The Price Evangelicals Will Pay for a Supreme Court Seat

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Ever since I released Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump I have been trying to get my fellow evangelicals to see that their bargain with Trump is bad for the Gospel and its public witness in the world.

Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon’s Porch in South Minneapolis, seems to agree.  Here is a taste of his recent piece in USA Today: 

Religious leaders have given up moral ground at every renewed show of support for this administration and Congress. They stood by as families were torn apart at our border, the children shipped off to remote detention camps in the middle of the night. They cheered as health care was stripped away from the poor and the sick. And they fell in line to support the newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was credibly accused of harming multiple women. These are not positions informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ — to the contrary, they are antithetical to what Jesus preached.

So why are so many white evangelicals dead-set on supporting the Trump administration and current Republican Congress? Their insistence on walking in lockstep with the Republican Party often is primarily motivated by a single issue: abortion.

Many of us are taught from a young age that abortion is the issue on which our vote should always hinge. The hope among many evangelicals is to make abortion illegal. Evidence, however, suggests that criminalization does not reduce abortions. In fact, studies show that criminalizing abortion does nothing to protect babies, but instead endangers mothers.

Read the rest here.

3 thoughts on “The Price Evangelicals Will Pay for a Supreme Court Seat

  1. Conservatives reject facts constantly. They continue to support sexism and reject the evidence brought forth by witnesses and then lie about the witnesses and the evidence because it doesn’t fit into their ideology. I’m done with the evangelicals. Their support for the worst president in since Andrew Johnson has shown that they don’t care one bit about helping people or practicing what they preach.

    There’s a reason why so many younger people are leaving the evangelical churches in droves. They are tired of the negativity and the lies. They’re tired of old men desperately trying to intimidate them into supporting a warped ideology built on racism, bigotry, and sexism. Yes, the evangelicals are going to pay a high price for their support of Trump. The price will be their churches. They will be lucky if it doesn’t cost them their souls.

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  2. “Who was credibly accused of harming multiple women.”

    This is patently false. That is, if words (“credible”) have any meaning. Dr. Ford’s story was not remotely credible — if things like facts, corroboration, evidence, logic actually matter. Not a single person supported her 36 year old allegation. Her lifelong friend, Ms. Keyser, the claimed other female in attendance, refuted it, stating that not only could she not remember the alleged party but that she had never met Kavanaugh. Ford gave multiple, conflicting versions of events; her own therapist’s notes contradict Ford’s initial assertion about the number of boys present in the room. She could not say where or when the party occurred, had no recall of how she arrived or how she left, and no plausible explanation for why her best friend — left alone with the two, drunk perpetrators and one other person — never once mentioned Ford’s hasty disappearance after what she claims was an attempted rape. She was untruthful regarding numerous ancillary matters (the second door on her home; the fake fear of flying; the claimed lack of familiarity with polygraphs). Literally nothing about Ford’s story was credible. Emotional? Sure. But emotion does not make one credible. Thus, to say her accusation is credible requires either ignorance of the underlying facts or willful disingenuousness in the face of them.

    As for the other women cited, Ramirez’s allegation (which she spent six days “assessing” with her lawyer, always a good sign) was so lacking in support, the NYT — anti-Trump headquarters — refused to publish it. The New Yorker ran with it while simultaneously confirming that not a single witness could corroborate it. Indeed, the pathetic “source” — which was double hearsay, from a guy who said another guy Who Was Not Even At The Party In Question was sure it was Kavanaugh — completely evaporated after the alleged guy-in-the-know was tracked down and said he had no recall of any such events. It was journalistic malpractice to even publish this unfounded claim, which barely rose to the level of prurient gossip. And as for the fantastical Swetnick “gang rape” allegations — yes, Brett Kavanaugh was the shot caller for a high school crew of serial rapists for three years in Chevy Chase, and nobody knew or ever reported this (including Swetnick, who kept going to these parties where minor girls were being raped and all she did was carefully avoid the spiked punch) — no remotely serious or fair-minded person believes they have even a nano-particle of veracity.

    Frankly, I have no idea how people who talk about being “informed by the teachings of Christ” could have viewed, in good faith, the vile and transparent smear campaign launched against Kavanaugh — whatever one may think of his jurisprudence or the president who nominated him — and concluded that the politically motivated inquisitors reflected the teachings of Jesus. I have no quarrel with Christians, like Dr. Fea, who do not support — indeed, are appalled by — Trump. I did not vote for Trump, for many of the same reasons. But I have yet to hear a theologically or intellectually coherent argument — sorry, “Believe all women” does not cut it — that support for Kavanaugh was “antithetical” to the Christian faith.

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  3. A deeper issue is why the teachings of Jesus seem to not matter to so many evangelicals. Seems that, contrary to the New Testament, they want Jesus as “Savior,” but not “Lord.” Echoes of the early docetist heresy. And, in the American context, selling their soul to a Constantinian civil religion…which becomes easier when Jesus is only Savior.

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