Pastor who thinks mothers don’t belong in public office leads Bible study for Trump’s cabinet

    By Kelly Macias | 3 August 2017
    Daily Kos

    Ralph Drollinger is a pastor known for inflammatory statements on everything from climate change to women’s right to work.

    It’s an understatement to suggest that Republicans aren’t exactly forward thinking when it comes to women’s rights. Their legislative record, both at the state and federal levels, speaks for itself. In trying to limit women’s access to reproductive health care, it’s quite obvious that their version of progress is taking us back to a place in time when a woman’s place was solely limited to the home. Leading the way is Pastor Ralph Drollinger, a Californian and former UCLA basketball player, who is now teaching Bible study sessions for the members of Trump’s cabinet. He has some pretty retrograde views on women—and he doesn’t mind at all sharing them publicly.

    He is the evangelical spiritual leader who once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female politicians with young children have no business serving in the Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners. […]

    “It is one thing for a mother to work out of her home while her children are in school,” wrote Drollinger, a Californian who created a group called Capitol Ministries to teach evangelical interpretations of the Bible to politicians. “It is quite another matter to have children in the home and live away in Sacramento for four days a week. Whereas the former could be in keeping with the spirit of Proverbs 31, the latter is sinful.”

    So according to the dear pastor, it may possibly be acceptable for a woman to work outside of the home, if her children are school-aged. But making a living while living apart from her children? That would send her straight to hell. Hmm … wonder if he feels the same way about a man who commutes for his job? Likely not. As far as the Bible study group itself from Trump’s cabinet—well, it’s comprised of the usual suspects. Take a moment to think of the most zealot-like members of the administration. Everyone you’d rather not be in charge of public policy specifically because they seem hellbent on bringing their religion into government. Did Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos come to mind? Yup. It’s exactly those folks.

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    The CBN report says the Trump administration study group includes Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. […]

    Vice President Mike Pence, who is serving a sponsor of the group, plans to attend when his schedule allows, according to CBN.

    The best part is that even though he’s allowing these misogynistic meetings to go on under his watch, Trump himself isn’t even attending them. “Trump has not yet attended a session but he receives a copy of Drollinger’s teaching weekly.” Not to worry, though. Even though he sold himself as the champion of the Evangelical Right but has only been to church twice (Inauguration Day and Easter Sunday) since taking office, his base will still call him godly and a model Christian.

    The hypocrisy is so outrageous, it’s almost amusing.

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