Bias Disclaimer – I’m a Christian, and because of that, my take on the subject of the Religious Right isn’t nearly as impartial as it is with most subjects.
With that out of the way, let’s start with this CNN article:
In the days before Super Tuesday, conservative Christian leaders cautioned, cajoled and pleaded with evangelicals to reject Trump, saying the New York businessman epitomized the opposite of their values.
Tuesday was supposed to be the religious right’s last stand, a day when the Bible Belt would enter the voting booth and christen the most God-fearing candidate. Christian conservatives were the last best hope to halt Trump’s momentum.
According to exit polls, Trump won a plurality of evangelical and born-again Christians in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
While I’m not sure about the rest of the article considering the author’s clear bias on the subject, I think that the quoted paragraphs are right on the money.
As I read post after post of Christian pundits and bloggers criticizing Trump in the last week or so, I was struck by a) how many of them there were and b) the uniformity of their talking points. I couldn’t help but draw a comparison between their unified action and Jim Taylor’s takedown of James Stewart’s Mr. Smith.
(In fact, a young boy was delivering pro-Trump newspapers in my neighborhood the other day when a car cut him off. A pastor jumped out, shoved the boy to the ground, and took the newspapers!)
I’m not sure that I agree that Christian leaders, morally, should be acting in the same way as any other political interest group’s leaders. If the heads of the NRA or NAACP had acted the same way, I’d probably shrug it off as politics as usual. To see that from people who should hold themselves to a higher standard feels seriously icky to me.
Then, in the end, their duplicity didn’t even work.
Sucks to be them.