DONALD TRUMP: The Unvarnished Evangelical Christian

. . . [T]he Southern Baptist reluctance to condemn white supremacy outright may be egregious but it is not illogical. This Convention came into existence over the defense of slavery.  —Daniel José Camacho

I’ve been trying to analyse a perplexing question: Why do ~80% of Christian evangelicals enthusiastically support Donald Trump, who is about as antithetical to their professed belief in, and adherence to, the preachings of Jesus as one can be? Is Trump the very model of the unvarnished, evangelical Christian? Was the failure of writer’s of the Gospels to have Jesus denounce slavery the very germ that infected the doctrine for centuries to come, including our own?

This commentary by Daniel José Camacho lays out the explanation with which I was toying, and it makes perfect sense. But while I agree with the author’s solution, I think it will take at least the better part of another millennium to happen.

donald-trump-capt-queegCondemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.

Read more at . . . https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/17/powerful-church-group-southern-baptist-struggle-denounce-white-supremacy

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  1. BroadBlogs
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 17:25:24

    You make a really interesting point. Apparently racism is much more important than Christ’s progressive message. (I was shocked to read the New Testament and see what a progressive Jesus was — I’m sure that bringing the low high was much of his appeal.)

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    • Max T. Furr
      Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:39:41

      Quite right. Apparently, many fundamentalist Christians are far too influenced by the Old Testament’s portrayal of an unjust, misogynistic and uber racist god obsessed with keeping “Its people” genetically pure (a god they insist was “loving, merciful and just), and they refuse to address the blatant, moral contradictions. Seems to me that fundamentalist Christianity is a prime example of institutionalized cognitive dissonance.

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