Religious Right groups have argued for a long time that a president has to do more than oversee the economy, direct international relations and run the Executive branch. He or she is also expected to set a moral example. During the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Religious Right groups frequently complained – unfairly, in the view of many Americans – that these two men had failed in that regard.
This weekend, extremely disturbing images emerged from Charlottesville, Va. When we have actual fascists marching in our streets, spreading hate, waving Nazi flags and screaming slogans of rage aimed our neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers, disengagement is not an option. Decent Americans are morally compelled to respond – not with violence but with pledges to support and protect the communities under attack and through reminders to our nation and the world that we are better than this.
Let’s engage in a thought experiment: Pretend that it’s May of 2009, and Barack Obama, who has been president for a few months, has just shared some highly classified intelligence with the Russians. Let’s say this material has damaged America’s standing with our allies, exposed sources to possible retaliation and jeopardized the war on terror.
What do you think the leaders of Religious Right groups would be saying? My guess is they’d be calling for his impeachment, if not outright imprisonment.
The American Family Association (AFA), a band of fundamentalist Christians in Tupelo, Miss., is all worked up over a new children’s book called Promised Land, a fairy tale about a prince who marries a male farmhand.
A fundamentalist, Florida-based organization is using an unusual tactic to support President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban: spamming federal judges with thousands of emails.
The Florida Family Association has launched a campaign to have supporters flood the inboxes of the judges on the 4th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, asking them to re-instate Trump’s second executive order that barred immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries.
Last week, the world was rocked by yet another outrageous claim by President Donald J. Trump: He asserted that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones during the presidential campaign.
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” blared Trump’s March 4 tweet.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or not. The holiday season means something or nothing to many people. For the Religious Right, ‘tis the season for resurrecting the bogus “War on Christmas.”
“I know for a fact that the Gospel has been shared with Mr. Trump,” Graham wrote. “He has been confronted with his sin. He has heard God’s truth and has been offered grace and forgiveness.
Political analysts have postulated a number of theories to explain the victory of Donald J. Trump in the presidential election: Hillary Clinton failed to energize the Democratic base, Trump tapped into a vein of hidden supporters, angry Rust Belt voters rose up, etc.
But some activists in the Religious Right have their own explanation: It was divine intervention.
The American Pastors Network (APN) issued an email press release Wednesday with the subject line, “No Other Explanation – God Worked a Miracle, as Christian Voters Spoke Loud and Clear.”
By now, you’ve probably heard many of the silly excuses the Religious Right has made for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s serial misogyny.