Court Evangelicals Weigh-In on Today’s First Day of Impeachment Hearings

Several of the court evangelicals had things to say today (and in the last day or two) about impeachment. Here is Franklin Graham: As Christians, as those who follow and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us pray throughout the day and all of these proceedings. Pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, … Continue reading Court Evangelicals Weigh-In on Today’s First Day of Impeachment Hearings

For the Court Evangelicals, Impeachment is a Spiritual Battle

Over the past couple of weeks several reporters have asked me if I think impeachment will draw conservative evangelicals away from Donald Trump. At this point, I can’t imagine such a thing happening. As I recently told The Huffington Post, impeachment will only rally parts of the evangelical base. Here, for example, is court evangelical Robert … Continue reading For the Court Evangelicals, Impeachment is a Spiritual Battle

The Court Evangelicals Convene in Washington for a “Brief” on the “Remarkable Accomplishments” of the Trump Administration

The court evangelicals were back in the court this week.  According to a piece at the Christian Broadcasting Network, the court evangelicals were in Washington so Trump could “brief” them “on the “continuing, remarkable accomplishments of this administration–especially in areas important to evangelicals.” Sounds like an effort by Trump to shore up his base in … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals Convene in Washington for a “Brief” on the “Remarkable Accomplishments” of the Trump Administration

Will the Court Evangelicals Break With Trump Over the Plight of Syrian Christians?

It is interesting to see how the court evangelicals have responded to the United States withdrawal and recent Turkish invasion of the Kurdish region. Many of Trump’s evangelical supporters are horrified that the president has now abandoned the Christian minority in the Kurdish region. Christianity Today is covering it this way: One Syrian Christian leader … Continue reading Will the Court Evangelicals Break With Trump Over the Plight of Syrian Christians?

Todd Starnes, the Fox News Radio Host Who Gave a Platform to the Court Evangelicals, is Out

Former Fox News radio host Todd Starnes often referred to court evangelical Robert Jeffress as the official chaplain of his Right-Wing radio program.  Just recently, Jeffress appeared on Starnes’s program and said that Democrats worship the Old Testament god “Moloch, who talks about child sacrifice.”  Starnes responded by saying “I believe that.”  Read all about … Continue reading Todd Starnes, the Fox News Radio Host Who Gave a Platform to the Court Evangelicals, is Out

Court Evangelicals David Barton and Robert Jeffress Talk Christian America

Court evangelical James Robison recently had two fellow court evangelicals on his television show.  Here is the interview with Jeffress and Barton: A few comments: 2:00ff:  Jeffress says: “You hear Nancy Pelosi and others saying that walls are un-Christian and immoral.  Well, if that’s true, God’s immoral because he told Nehemiah to build a wall … Continue reading Court Evangelicals David Barton and Robert Jeffress Talk Christian America

Where are the Court Evangelicals Today?

It seems like we have asked this question before. The court evangelicals got their Supreme Court justices and embassy in Israel.  They got tax cuts.  They think Trump is the most faith-friendly president in American history. Today the court evangelicals are silent. Yesterday Donald Trump told four members of the United States Congress–all women of … Continue reading Where are the Court Evangelicals Today?

Court Evangelicals Tony Perkins and Eric Metaxas Talk About Their Court Evangelicalism

On July 5, 2019, court evangelical Tony “Mulligan” Perkins of the Family Research Council  hosted court evangelical and author Eric Metaxas on his “Washington Watch” radio program.  The conversation was devoted to Metaxas’s 2016 book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty,  Readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog are … Continue reading Court Evangelicals Tony Perkins and Eric Metaxas Talk About Their Court Evangelicalism

Court Evangelicals Jerry Falwell Jr. and Jack Graham Attack Southern Baptist Russell Moore on Immigration

Over the past year or so I have been calling attention to  the ways the Trump administration has exposed a deepening divide in white American evangelicalism. Back in July 17, 2017, in the Washington Post piece that introduced the phrase “court evangelicals” to a national audience, I wrote: The court evangelicals are changing the religious landscape in … Continue reading Court Evangelicals Jerry Falwell Jr. and Jack Graham Attack Southern Baptist Russell Moore on Immigration

Trump Tells Border Agents to Break the Law. Court Evangelicals Remain Silent

Jake Tapper of CNN is reporting that Donald Trump told immigration officials on the Mexican border to essentially ignore court orders allowing Central American migrants seeking asylum into the country.  Here is a taste of Tapper’s piece: Three Thursdays ago, in a meeting at the Oval Office with top officials — including Nielsen, Secretary of … Continue reading Trump Tells Border Agents to Break the Law. Court Evangelicals Remain Silent

A Former White House Staffer Reflects on the Court Evangelicals

Cliff Sims was an “obscure” White House staffer who has written what The Atlantic calls a “jaw-dropping Trump tell all.”  There is a lot to unpack in Sims’s new book Team of Vipers, but I was particularly interested in this passage on the court evangelicals from Elaina Pott’s review of the book: Sims told me his aim … Continue reading A Former White House Staffer Reflects on the Court Evangelicals

Trump Chooses Death Over Life Under the Guise of “America First.” Where are the Court Evangelicals?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the official White House statement on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and our ongoing U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia America First! The world is a very dangerous place! The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in … Continue reading Trump Chooses Death Over Life Under the Guise of “America First.” Where are the Court Evangelicals?

The Court Evangelicals Will be Out in Force this Weekend at the Values Voter Summit

The Values Voter Summit, an annual political gathering of Christian Right activists, will meet this week in Washington D.C.  The speaker lineup is filled with court evangelicals.  Here are the names of the conference speakers that I mentioned in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump: Michelle Bachman Gary Bauer Ben Carson Tony Perkins Mike … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals Will be Out in Force this Weekend at the Values Voter Summit

The Court Evangelicals are Getting Antsy about the Possibility that Kavanaugh Will Not be Confirmed

Here is Jeremy Peters and Elizabeth Dias at The New York Times: Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a … Continue reading The Court Evangelicals are Getting Antsy about the Possibility that Kavanaugh Will Not be Confirmed

Pastor Greg Laurie Wrongly Tells Fellow Court Evangelicals that the United States Was “founded in a time of spiritual revival”

Here is what Laurie recently told his congregation (as reported by the Christian Post) about his speech (and prayer) at the August 27 court evangelical celebration at the White House: Laurie reminded those in attendance for the dinner that the U.S. was “founded in a time of spiritual revival.” “One of our founding fathers named … Continue reading Pastor Greg Laurie Wrongly Tells Fellow Court Evangelicals that the United States Was “founded in a time of spiritual revival”

Court Evangelicals and “Secular Hedonism” in the Oval Office

Bill Leonard, the southern Baptist church historian, reflects on evangelicals in the White House and the current state of evangelical politics.  Here is a taste of his piece at Baptist News Global titled “Birthrights and Bibles“: In Living Faith (1996) former President Jimmy Carter recalls this White House encounter: “A high official of the Southern Baptist Convention [SBC] came … Continue reading Court Evangelicals and “Secular Hedonism” in the Oval Office

Fear-Mongering and Politics in the Pulpit: A Wrap-Up of Trump’s Dinner with the Court Evangelicals

Over at Religion News Service, Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins have a nice wrap-up of all the tweets, guests, speeches, etc….  Here is a taste: WASHINGTON (RNS) — The White House hosted a dinner Monday night (Aug. 27) for about 100 evangelical Christian leaders and senior-level officials, honoring evangelicals, as one participant explained, “for … Continue reading Fear-Mongering and Politics in the Pulpit: A Wrap-Up of Trump’s Dinner with the Court Evangelicals