Required viewing. Real male spiritual integrity as the son of one of the original fundamentalist theologians who in the 1980’s summoned evangelicals into political action, Frank Schaffer refuses to remain silent.
Did You Ever Think You’d See the Day When American Evangelicals Would Be Identified with the Approval of a Rapist?
Franklin Graham’s Trump Cult hypocrisies have now totally displaced his last vestige of Christian faith. The Rev. Franklin Graham, says the attempted rape of Dr. Ford was not a crime because “if it was true, these are two teenagers, and she said no and he respected that.”
When Republicans elected Trump who boasted of being a sexual predator, and was credibly accused by more than a dozen women of molestation they antagonized women and decent men. Now as the GOP defends an accused rapist they’ve become all women’s and all good men’s sworn enemy.
This turn of events wasn’t inevitable. Trump had other, credible, conservative nominees for the Supreme Court. As usual Trump made a mess because of his gut instinct for ego-based failure in the real world when forced out of his imaginary inflated pretend reality.
As far as I am concerned, the breadth of Schaeffer’s criticism includes more than the Protestant fundamentalism that spawned the likes of
Falwell’s Moral Majority,
Randall Terry and a blind rage against abortion that spawned religious assassins and preening self-righteous bigots.
Right Wing Evangelicals – despite their protests – have vowed to impose one single dominant morality on the country. These folks however are not limited to your standard Protestant fundamentalists. Needing inclusion is the potent spiritual force that seems hell-bent on needlessly joining the Evangelical In-Crowd in an entirely tone-deaf manner that seems oblivious to which way the wind is blowing.
There are four Mormons on that Judiciary committee. Only Jeff Flake seems to be practicing his religious convictions by separating political beliefs and religious beliefs in order to reach for the highest good of all concerned. The other three, Senators Hatch, Lee and Crapo, demonstrate what happens when such separations are not made. They become panderers to partisan politics and its supporters and – for me – a moral embarrassment of the culture from which they stepped forth into the public political arena.