Take a look at Trump’s religious advisers

A recent Associate Press story published in The Herald claimed “more than 100 conservative evangelicals closed ranks … around Trump on Sunday,” following an editorial in Christianity Today critical of President Trump. Christianity Today article was taken to task with this bold statement: CT questioned “the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers” without checking the requirements to become identified with evangelical witness. Attacks came from “multiple members of Trump’s evangelical advisory board.” This board has been accused of operating in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. One needs also to look up this Trump appointed board to discover that it is predominantly Baptist, conservative non-denominational and prosperity gospel group of about 30 folks who’s religious status is being co-opted by Trump to identify with a voting block that is not as broad as the press makes it out to be.

In a way, this is Trump’s quid pro quo where he accepts evangelical endorsements for implementation of their presupposed legislative actions such as conservative judges, and governmental conservative policies. The article goes on to state that “roughly 8 in 10 white evangelical Protestants say they approve the way Trump is handling his job.” Where is this statistic coming from, and how is it proved?

Interestingly, there are no Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Methodist, Anglican, Episcopalian, Jewish, Muslim, or other advisers of faith selected by Trump to assist his spirit led decisions. And so, he separated babies from parents, was impeached for a quid pro quo with Ukraine, he is an example of immoral behavior and mean spirited retaliatory abusive behavior and no censorship from this august board? Vice President Pence is an evangelical, or so he says, and he is OK with Trump’s evil ways.

Samuel Bess

Stanwood

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