Does Trump’s Behavior Serve As A Model For Christian Evangelical Kids?

By Donald A. Collins | 19 April 2024
Church and State

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MAGA voters many of whom are white Christian evangelicals have already apparently felt it was okay to try to overthrow a Presidential election or take classified documents to his home and golf club and not return them without any legal consequences (so far at least) plus it is okay to give full support to a fornicating cheater on more than one wife while claiming to be anti-abortion and willing to take the contributions for his 2024 Presidential campaign and use the money to pay his mounting legal fees to covering his 4 indictments.

Just in the last 2 years up to February 2nd of this year, his legal fees have totaled $76 million.

Read that story here.

Tawdry seems to be too mild a word to cover Trump’s behavior, but frankly the media is running out of new negative verbiage to use.

We have no trouble knowing what Trump tells his Christian nationalist voters. Why? Before on February 23, 2024, as Trump assured his audience at the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention in Nashville that his opponents are communists.

He said in part:

“Remember, every communist regime throughout history has tried to stamp out the churches, just like every fascist regime has tried to co-opt them and control them,” Trump told hundreds of cheering attendees at the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention in Nashville. “And, in America, the radical left is trying to do both.”

Remember Senator Joe McCarthy? He didn’t find many communists, but his largely unsubstantiated attacks claiming they had communist intentions which would destroy our country hurt many innocent victims. Sounds eerily Trumpian. McCarthy got totally discredited and died in disgrace at 48.

Trump continued in this same article:

“They want to tear down crosses where they can, and cover them up with social justice flags,” Trump added. “But no one will be touching the cross of Christ under the Trump administration, I swear to you.”

Trump’s comments reflect his embrace of Christian nationalism, a belief that is powerful among conservative evangelicals who say the founders of the U.S. intended the country to be a Christian nation. Some adherents believe the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God and that the federal government should declare the U.S. a Christian nation, advocate Christian values or stop enforcing the separation of church and state.

“The left is trying to shame Christians,” Trump said. “They’re trying to shame us. I’m a very proud Christian.”

Trump brought the crowd to its feet repeatedly and frequently championed his record on abortion, including appointing three conservative Supreme Court justices who helped overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.

Read more here.

We can only wonder how these white evangelical parents can explain Trump’s recent conviction of assaulting E. Jean Carroll. She was awarded $83 million. Earlier a judge characterized what Trump did as rape. The evangelicals doubtless do not talk much if at all about this case or the myriad other improprieties with their kids or even among themselves.

This recalls the analogy in the religious arena of the long time failure of the Catholic hierarchy to deal with the long festering sexual attacks by many Catholic priests on young boys in their churches. Failing to explain to their children about Trump’s immorality, if asked, is a sad dereliction of their duty to their children.

Read his statement in full here.

Presumably Christian nationalists wouldn’t want children reading about the facts of life including the history of slavery, racism, and sexual preferences, so banning books has come to be a rapidly increasing activity in many schools. We know that extremism has often kept vital knowledge from eager young ears.

In keeping with Trump’s proven disregard for the Constitution or any law that would impede his relentless and illegal attempts to gain a 2nd Presidential term and destroy democracy, we see his currying the favor of Christian Nationalists as a vital part of his reelection strategy. Trump and his Nationalists obviously seek to eliminate a central tenet of our Constitution, the separation between church and state.

Wonder what these evangelicals tell their children about our unique, fragile, and embattled republic? I have no direct testimony from their children to offer, but I suspect they are being indoctrinated into perhaps without realizing it a core value of our democracy as articulated in the First Amendment of our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Trump’s consistent extremism, intimidation of witnesses at trial or in government or in private citizenship has distorted the equity which has enabled our nation to hold together so long, but which is now at the point of putting our democracy into possible irretrievable decline.

So sad that these evangelical religious beliefs have been twisted by Trump’s secularly political chicanery into possible votes that will, if he is elected again, have a profoundly deleterious effect on them, their children and everyone else.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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