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In Defense of Pro-Trump Christians
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:25pm

I can understand how honorable people can have trouble casing a vote for Trump. Too bad the left doesn't have anywhere near as many people that would have trouble casting a vote for Hillary.

The cold hard truth is that if you don't cast a vote for Trump, you're aiding Hillary. It's that plain and simple.

I was anti-Trump from the start, but he's all we've got to work with. For those on the right he's far more workable than the dishonest and power hungry Hillary will ever be.

I'd like to hear some answers from those on the right concerning the last question asked in the piece.

In Defense of Pro-Trump Christians

Never Trumpers should avoid gratuitous hatred for their conservative confrères.

By Dennis Prager — October 18, 2016

There are many good conservatives who are Never Trumpers and there are many good conservatives who will vote for Trump. Eight months ago I warned that conservatives must resist gratuitous hatred or they will destroy themselves more effectively than the Left ever could on its own.

I used the term “gratuitous hatred” because it is the term Jews and Judaism use to describe the reason for one of the greatest calamities of Jewish history, the destruction of the Second Temple and the second Jewish state. It wasn’t the Romans that Jewish tradition blames; it was the Jews themselves — for hating one another for no good reason.

When I read the Boston Globe column by Jeff Jacoby, a man whose work I have long respected, “How the Religious Right Embraced Donald Trump and Lost its Moral Authority,” gratuitous hatred came to mind. Just as there are pro-Trump people who expressed contempt for anti-Trump people from the very beginning — as an early anti-Trumper I can personally attest to this (even though I wrote repeatedly that if Trump won the nomination I would vote for him) — now some Never Trump people dismiss the decency and moral credibility of conservatives voting for Trump.

In light of this, I would like to respond to Jeff Jacoby and to the editorial against Trump published last week in the important evangelical journal, World.

Unlike the Jacoby piece, which contained attacks on the moral credibility and decency of pro-Trump Christians — “Religious conservatives shed their principles, and thereby dismantled their influence. . . . Buried under the post-election wreckage will be the moral credibility of the religious right. . . . [Their] “hypocrisy . . . is orders of magnitude worse than the customary flip-flopping and sail-trimming of a presidential campaign” — the World editorial went out of its way to be gracious to those Christians still voting for Trump. For example: “We also value those who still plan to vote for Trump so as to vote for the Supreme Court.”

But the private Trump comments on groping women pushed World to call for Trump to resign and to call on Christians to withdraw support for Trump.
World: “If a person is unfaithful to his spouse, he’s also likely to be unfaithful to his country.”

I have heard this argument about the alleged connection between marital infidelity and infidelity to one’s country my whole life. And it has been false my whole life — as well as throughout history. There is no connection between marital fidelity and fidelity to country. Were the unfaithful Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy also unfaithful to America?

Indeed, some of the world’s greatest leaders have been unfaithful to their wives. Some of the worst have been faithful.

I wish there were a connection. Choices for leaders would then be much simpler. The only married candidates we would vote for are those we believe had never been sexually unfaithful.

The editors of World and Jeff Jacoby must think God was pretty flawed in “voting” for King David. King David did much worse than privately boast about women allowing him to grope them. He had a man killed so that his adultery with the man’s wife would not be exposed. And while God was angry at, and punished, the king, God still maintained David as king and gave him a central role in Jewish history. If God shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting King David, Christians shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting Donald Trump, given the far more corrupt and destructive alternative.

The “unfaithful to his wife means he will be unfaithful to the country” argument does not do honor to those fine people who make the argument. Because telling the truth is also a divine command.

World: “To quote [Albert] Mohler [president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary], we should not ‘allow a national disgrace to become the Great Evangelical Embarrassment.’”

That means that World is for allowing another national disgrace — Hillary Clinton — to become president. Why isn’t that a “Great Evangelical Embarrassment”?
But, they will respond, they are not for Hillary Clinton, either.

This is the only argument of anti-Trump conservatives that drives me crazy — this vociferous denial that they are not for Hillary Clinton. Of course, they aren’t for Hillary Clinton intellectually, emotionally, or morally. But the voting booth does not assess intellect, emotions, or morals; it only assesses votes. So no matter how much a Republican loathes Hillary Clinton, in depriving Donald Trump of Republican votes anti-Trump Republicans are helping Hillary Clinton win the presidency.

In sum, a religious conservative can honorably support Donald Trump just as honorable Christians supported Josef Stalin against Adolf Hitler (and for the sake of those who enjoy mischaracterizing conservatives, I am, of course, not implying that Trump is Stalin or that Clinton is Hitler — only that if a Christian could ally himself with Stalin to defeat a more dangerous foe, a Christian could support Donald Trump for the same reason).

There is no defense for Donald Trump’s comments or alleged sexual misbehavior. But in terms of damage to America, there is no comparison between what he has said and allegedly done and what she has done and advocates for the future. Is acting on that realization un-Christian?


    • My opinion ~ shadow, Tue Oct 18 12:36pm
      And I, too, understand people having different opinions on this. Although the idea of Hillary appointing Supreme Court Justices is so reprehensible that I was tempted to vote for Trump, it is not... more
      • I respect your decision, but if Hillary wins, you helped put her there. Trump is a heavily flawed man, but Hillary's got him beat hands down. Lesser of two evils here I come.
        • I vote my conscience. ~ shadow, Tue Oct 18 12:46pm
          If everyone did, they'd have made the effort to find out about Evan. It's nice that you can be sure that Trump won't damage our country as much as Hillary will. I don't know what you base that on,... more
          • The both have histories. Hillary's is packed with scandal, dishonesty, and corruption. It has been for 30+ years. While Trump is no choirboy, his record is far better at this point than Hillary's,... more
            • That's exactly right. ~ shadow, Tue Oct 18 1:20pm
              I'm more concerned about what I do than what everyone else does because that's what I'm accountable for.
              • no chance option will be partially accountable. Whatever Hillary does to the nation will be partly their fault. I was fed up with politicians when I voted for Perot many years ago. I'd of rather had... more
                • It sounds unAmerican to me to ~ shadow, Tue Oct 18 7:23pm
                  blame people who are voting their conscience for the mistakes made by those who are purely political. But then, that's the way it's going these days.
                  • a vote for a 3rd party candidate myself. I just don't want to be in any way responsible for the fallout of a Clinton presidency. It was bad enough with Bill... and Hillary I believe to be... more
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