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The documentary will appear in September. Court evangelicals Paula White, Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee, Jack Hibbs, Eric Metaxas, Tony Perkins, Samuel Rodriguez, and Jack Graham are involved. This trailer is so over-the-top that some of it could pass for a anti-Trump parody of the Christian Right. Here is Peter Montgomery at Right Wing … Continue reading Court evangelicals rally around a new pro-Trump documentary titled “Trump 2024: The World After Trump”
This weekend court evangelical Paula White hosted a face-to-face event in Alpharetta, Georgia as part of the “Evangelicals for Trump” wing of the Trump 2020 campaign. Watch it here. Speakers included Jenetzen Franklin, Harry Jackson, Ralph Reed, Alveda King, Richard Lee, and White. Jenetzen Franklin says that evangelicals who believe in the Bible, the sacredness … Continue reading Court Evangelicals gather in Georgia
I just finished “Collaborators,” Anne Applebaum‘s brilliant essay in the July/August 2020 issue of The Atlantic. It is subtitled: “What causes people to abandon their principles in support of a corrupt regime? And how do they find their way back?” Applebaum writes about Trump supporters and members of the administration who have abandoned longstanding principles in … Continue reading The Complicit Court Evangelicals
Over at a website devoted to “contemporary evangelical perspectives for United Methodist seminarians,” Mark Gorman, a Methodist pastor and theology professor, has expanded the idea of “court evangelical” beyond evangelicalism. Here is a taste of his piece, “Court, Evangelicals, Court Protestants“: It does not take a cynic to wonder whether some of the outrage directed … Continue reading Court Evangelicals and “Court Protestants”
I skimmed through John Bolton’s The Room Where it Happened this weekend. I also read every word in the index. I thought Bolton might have something to say about Trump’s evangelical advisers, the folks I call the court evangelicals. What did I find? Nothing. What does this mean? Here are some quick thoughts: Based on … Continue reading The court evangelicals do not appear in the John Bolton book
What have Trump’s evangelicals been saying since yesterday’s update? Court evangelical Eric Metaxas is talking about “reverse racism” and claims that the protesters are not “thinking rationally.” He interviews Bob Woodson, an African-American conservative critic of the 1619 Project. Metaxas is so furious about reverse racism at The New York Times that he has canceled … Continue reading A Late Saturday Night Check-In on the Court Evangelicals
Watch Jeffress appearance tonight with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business News: We did some math. Jeffress spoke for a total of 169 seconds. He spent 8 seconds talking about race in America. He spent 161 seconds praising Donald Trump and law and order. People like Robert Jeffress are always praying for a revival in the … Continue reading Maybe Robert Jeffress and His Fellow Court Evangelicals are Missing the Revival Happening Right Before Their Eyes
Here is what your favorite pro-Trump evangelical leaders–the court evangelicals— are saying about everything going in our country right now: Robert Jeffress is using scripture to subtely suggest that Christians should obey their government. Once again, he is using the Bible and the flag in the same tweet: “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions … Continue reading Let’s Check-In on the Court Evangelicals
Trump’s visit to St. John’s Church yesterday was an attempt to shore-up his white evangelical base. He probably lost some evangelical supporters as a result of his mishandling of the coronavirus. He needs them back. (He is heading to the John Paul II National Shrine today to shore-up the Catholic vote and apparently sign an … Continue reading What Are the Court Evangelicals Saying Today?
Let’s think about what has happened in the last 24-48 hours. The President of the United States continues to push a conspiracy claiming that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old women who died in his former congressional office in 2001. The widower of this woman, T.J. Klausutis, wrote a letter to Twitter … Continue reading George Floyd, T.J. Klausutis, Masks are for Wimps, and Twitter Lies: Where are the Court Evangelicals?
Tweets and retweets included: (A lot of our readers are not on Twitter. A “retweet” is a re-posting of a tweet that is then shared with all of retweeter’s followers. When Trump retweets, it is always an endorsement of the content of the original tweet). MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May … Continue reading Comparing Trump and the Court Evangelicals on Twitter During the Last 72 Hours
It all goes down tonight on Robert Jeffress’s Facebook page: Join me, Jentzen Franklin, and other spiritual leaders tomorrow at 8:30pm ET LIVE on my Facebook for a very special Daystar program on the #COVID19Crisis created to lead you in wisdom during this season! pic.twitter.com/pXa88NuPxY — Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) April 14, 2020
Vengeance is mine, says the Lord (Rom. 12:9). Unless it is China. Court evangelicals want Trump to punish China for spreading the coronavirus to the United States. Here is a taste of Gabby Orr’s piece at Politico: Others said Trump’s No. 1 priority — besides containing the virus inside the United States — should be … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals Want Vengeance Against China
Last night Donald Trump delivered a nationally-televised address to the nation on the coronavirus. It was a disaster. And he followed-up today with an equally bad press conference. Following his speech, Trump’s administration had to clarify facts about his travel ban on multiple occasions. Trump’s failure to calm fears, tell the truth, and get his … Continue reading What are the Court Evangelicals Saying About Trump’s Coronavirus Speech?
According to Ruth Graham’s piece at Slate, they feel pretty calm about. Here is a taste: In the 2015 book Countdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola Are Only the Beginning, Robert Jeffress described a world on the brink of chaos. “Never in my lifetime have I sensed so much unrest in the air,” the Dallas … Continue reading What Are the Court Evangelicals Saying About the Coronavirus?
Most of them were there on Friday night: I don’t recognize everyone, but I see Alveda King, Jack Graham, Jenetzen Franklin, James Dobson, Shirley Dobson, James Robison, Michael Tait, Greg Laurie, Michelle Bachmann, Eric Metaxas, Tony Suarez, Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed, Johnnie Moore, Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins, Richard Land, Cissie Graham, Tim Clinton, Harry Jackson, … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals Take a Photo
Last night I re-read the court evangelical letter to Tim Dalrymple, the CEO of Christianity Today. Read the letter here. I offered some commentary here. I was struck by this passage (italics mine): Of course, it’s up to your publication to decide whether or not your magazine intends to be a voice of evangelicals like … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals Feel Betrayed By *Christianity Today*
Court evangelical after court evangelical are rising-up to defend Donald Trump in the wake of Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial calling for his removal. Franklin, Graham, Robert Jeffress, Tony Perkins, Jenetzen Franklin, James Dobson, Samuel Rodriguez, Johnnie Moore,and Jim Garlow, to name a few, have all turned to their favorite web pages and news outlets to make … Continue reading More Court Evangelicals Defend Trump in Light of the *Christianity Today* Editorial
Here is Robert Jeffress: .@CTmagazine is a dying magazine that has been “Never Trump” from the beginning. They are going against 99% of evangelical Republicans who oppose impeachment. President @realDonaldTrump is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-Israel President in history! — Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) December 20, 2019 Franklin Graham here. Ralph Reed: The @CTmagazine … Continue reading What the Court Evangelicals (and some others) are Saying About Mark Galli’s *Christianity Today* Editorial