A few days ago, I said to myself, “You were prescient.” At the time, I was reading a report about “fake news,” deliberately erroneous articles that may or may not in part have swung the election to Donald Trump.
Donald J. Trump’s surprising presidential victory has sparked anxiety among religious and non-religious minorities, women, the LGBTQ community and others. Lots of people are speculating about the challenges on the horizon for the next four years.
Regardless of whether or not Trump was merely playing the role of a devout Christian to stock up on votes, one thing to know for sure is that the Religious Right is expecting a lot from him in return – and he’s already hard at work returning the favor.
Donald J. Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV star with no political experience, was elected president of the United States Nov. 8. This has shocked people all over the world, and political analysts are still grappling with how Trump beat Hillary Clinton, a seasoned politician who was leading in the polls.
Americans United is wrestling with a more fundamental question: What does the rise of Trump mean for the separation of church and state?
“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.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State said today that it will work vigorously to oppose any attempts by the administration of Donald J. Trump to undermine religious freedom in the United States.
In the aftermath of the reprehensible videotape of Donald Trump and Billy Bush discussing women in the crassest possible terms, I was surprised to hear the views of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Texas pastor Robert Jeffress.
The Religious Right tends to dial up its gloom-and-doom predictions every election season in an attempt to scare its base into voting for candidates who will supposedly uphold “biblical values” (or, more likely, the far right’s narrow view of theology). This year is no different, but some religious zealots are taking scare tactics to a new level by suggesting that this could be the last presidential election ever in the United States.
Every now and then, I find it useful to take a break from monitoring the familiar Religious Right groups and venture into the darker corners of the web where the lunatic fringe lurks. You see some interesting – and disturbing – things there.
For example, a group of far-right, fundamentalist Lutherans has been debating whether a woman can be president. Their answer is no. It is, you see, unbiblical.
The nation heard more of the same during the third and final presidential debate last night. Once again, the main topics of discussion were things like national security, jobs and the deficit.
The state of the economy and how we’ll fight ISIS are important, to be sure. But we heard a lot about these issues during the first two debates. At times, last night’s debate felt like a repeat of the first two.