Trump’s Evangelical Challenge
In 2017, we are surrounded with a serious lack of morality. This isn’t a new story, though. We know about the things FDR, JFK and Bill Clinton did throughout most of their political lives. And it’s not a secret that Donald Trump has said terrible things about women. More than a dozen women have claimed the current President of the United States made unwanted advances, including inappropriate touching. Some of these women include beauty pageant contestants. Where is the outcry about his abuses?
The way Donald J. Trump has exploited the righteous right, mega-church leaders and the great American evangelicals is not a testament to him being a devout Christian, but rather their susceptibility to false prophets for profit and gain. The church of God has been polluted by politics.
Roy Stewart Moore, formerly a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and also a judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Alabama and previously a county District Attorney, should be held to a higher standard. In the special primary election to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Jeff Session’s elevation to US Attorney General, Mr. Moore was the victor over Luther Strange.
Luther Strange was backed by President Trump, while Roy Moore, was pushed by Steve Bannon and those on the far right. Many evangelicals back Moore because of his blatant disregard for the separation of church and state. It always amazes me when people of faith believe separation of church and state to be a bad thing. Would a Christian or a Jew want the government to have any power over their churches?
Roy Moore was a bad candidate long before the question of dates with 14-year-old girls. From not taking down the ten commandments from the court house, after being ordered to do so by a higher court, to demanding that clerks not issue marriage licenses for same sex couples, violating the US Supreme Court ruling, Roy Moore has been on the wrong side of the judicial system and the order of law. He inserts his own judgement when he disagrees with the law.
One could compare Judge Moore’s approach to that of Sharia Law that is exercised to force citizens of certain countries to follow the path of the religious text rather than the law of the land. The first amendment clearly starts with, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”
What does that mean? It could mean that one should not stop another from establishing a religion and it could also mean, that Congress cannot make a law to establish a religion. As our nation grew, we didn’t pick winners between Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Quakers or the Amish. We permitted people to worship, or not worship, in whatever ways were meaningful to them. Religious freedom is granted by our Constitution.
Here’s the real question the faithful in the state of Alabama should be asking, “Is Roy Moore Christian enough to serve as your Senator?” It seems that the definition of a real Christian is changing. Some men of God in Catholic Churches have committed dreadful atrocities against the very children they should have been protecting and nurturing. The Pope and the Vatican didn’t excommunicate them, they promoted and protected them at times.
We all remember televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, with their multimillion dollar PTL TV show. Recall that the Charlotte Observer found and reported that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 of hush money to Jessica Hahn, a 21-year old church secretary, after she had confronted Bakker about a rape she said he committed. Things got ugly and few stood by Jim and Tammy Faye after those allegations came to light.
The arcane system of reporting discrimination in the halls Congress that was exposed this week shows just how inadequate those representing us really are. The concept of H.R. departments and corporate procedures for reporting misdeeds on this level, have passed this body right by. The capitol hill accuser has to enroll in counseling. Really? In what era are they living?
When the story broke in the Washington Post about women coming forward to say that a 30-somethig Moore either dated or inappropriately touched four teenage girls, it wasn’t surprising. It seems that those who speak the loudest about homosexuality, or sin, or how the holy word has been diluted by our modern society are the very ones to cast the first stone, while they never seem to be sinners themselves. Now there’s a fifth woman plus a mall employee saying that Roy Moore was banned from the place for hitting on young girls. And now a sixth accuser surfaces. All the while, Judge Moore denies.
I don’t care what Donald Trump thinks and I don’t care that Roy Moore won his primary. He’s just another bottom feeder, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who Donald Trump pardoned. Our pitiful president, if given a chance, will break the law if it suits his means. Joe Arpaio broke the law and so did Roy Moore and there doesn’t seem to be a system to check them. How does a man who blocked a Supreme Court ruling get to run for Congress? Where is that “law and order” that Trump said he would bring back to America? He constantly breaks the law and then lies about it.
Roy Moore is far more dangerous than Hillary Clinton, and Trump still wants to lock her up. The people of Alabama are not stupid. They just need to ask this: WWJD, what would Jesus do? Would he let people like Roy Moore keep exploiting people for his personal gains or would he rid the temples of the money changers? This is not a “spiritual battle” Mr. Moore, this is a sinful cover-up of biblical proportions.
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