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Donald Trump reveals split between evangelical leaders and voters
At his recent speech in Liberty University, Donald Trump stumbled over his biblical references and knowledge of Christianity, once referring to Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians.” Jon Ward contrasts Jerry Falwell Jr’s lofty praise of Trump (e.g. “by their fruits ye shall know them. Donald Trump’s life has born fruit") to Russell Moore’s scathing takedown of Trump on Twitter (e.g. “Winning at politics while losing the gospel is not a win.”). Despite many evangelical leaders’ disapproval of Trump,Molly Ward points out that Trump is still leading among white evangelical voters, revealing a disconnect between evangelical leaders and rank-and-file.
Alan Noble, professor and co-founder of Christ and Pop Culture, issues a balanced call to the church to avoid the extremes of Islamophobia and thoughtless calls for mass immigration. He spotlights World Relief, a Christian organization that partners with local churches to aid in the resettlement process, giving refugees an opportunity to be integrated into society. “What if the church in America was known as the reason immigrants resettled easily and became vibrant parts of our communities?” Noble asks.
Matt Latimer, who grew up in Flint, Michigan and later worked as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, says he knows why Republican candidates have barely addressed the Flint crisis in their campaigns, despite their avowed commitment to help the poor.
"The party is accustomed to talking about policies and ideas to help urban America and then implementing them in safe, Republican-friendly areas like Idaho or Arizona. It’s not easy to go to a place where nobody knows you or likes you."
Patricia Heaton, an actor famous for playing Raymond’s wife in Everybody Loves Raymond, is a well-known, Catholic campaigner for pro-life issues. Stephen Colbert, on the other hand, famously satirized Planned Parenthood’s critics. His banter with Heaton over “who is more Catholic” is, thus, particularly special in how it models healthy pluralism in a public space.
Peter Wehner has served in the last three Republican administrations and has voted Republican in every presidential election since he was eligible to vote in 1980. But in this op-ed, published in The New York Times, he explains why if Trump wins the Republican nomination, he will not vote for him, for he believes Trump could more significantly damage the Republican Party than Hillary Clinton ever will.
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