Donald Trump Is Destroying the GOP, Religious Right

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ne day, Donald Trump’s disastrous run as president will be over. And when that happens, he’s going to leave the Republican Party a smoldering wreckage. But Trump won’t have just destroyed the GOP’s reputation, he will also have ruined the Religious Right.

he Religious Right came to power in the 1980s, when they threw their weight behind President Ronald Reagan. Although they billed themselves as the moral majority, the Religious Right was actually motivated by opposition to the Civil Rights movement. Jerry Falwell and his ilk were mad that the government made them send their kids to school with black children. They also looked to the government to protect their liberties, even if that meant racism.

he Religious Right started with questionable morals, now, more than 30 years later, their morals are even worse. The group that was worried about Christian values and public morality is solidly behind Donald Trump, the thrice married, former casino owner, who faced a string of sexual assault accusations. He’s also married to a former nude model, mocked a disabled person and likes to cavort with porn stars!

ome Evangelicals, like the heretical charlatan Paula White, responded by quickly swarming around Trump and declaring that he was chosen by God. They claimed they had prayed with him and he was now a Christian. But, judging by the more than 5,000 lies he’s told, his internment camps and his mockery of a victim of sexual assault, I don’t see any change in his behavior.

he Religious Right is only making fools of them self by supporting the indefensible Trump. As Christians, they’re supposed to stand for a certain set of morals, and by backing Trump, they only prove they’re a political group who only care about winning.

his opinion was voiced by Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, who claimed Trump could get things done. “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys’. They might make great Christian leaders,” said Falwell in a tweet, “but the US needs street fighters like @realDonaldTrump at every level of government b/c the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps & many Repub leaders are a bunch of wimps!”

iberty University has thrown itself into Cult 45 by producing a film called “The Trump Prophecy” based on the rantings of self-proclaimed prophet Mark Taylor. In 2011, Taylor claims God told him that Trump would be the next president. However, President Barack Obama was elected president in 2012.

he film also claims that Taylor’s prophecies predict Trump will overturn Roe Vs. Wade and the Republicans will take over Congress in a “red wave.” But Taylor’s prophecies already seem to be going down in flames, because even Republicans are predicting that they’re going to lose the House. The movie has proved so controversial that some students at Liberty University signed a petition condemning the film and Taylor’s prophecies as “unbiblical.”

ome religious scholars say Evangelicals backed Trump because they see him as the living embodiment of the abominable “prosperity gospel,” a controversial belief system which states that God blesses people with wealth. This is the same message that White and other spiritual shysters, such as Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar, use to squeeze money out of their flocks. They somehow believe that Jesus, a prophet who told his followers to embrace poverty and warned rich people they would have a hard time entering heaven, would approve of ministers with private jets and mansions.

eligious scholars have lambasted the prosperity gospel. Religion writer Cathleen Falsani described it as an “insipid heresy.”

esus was born poor, and he died poor. During his earthly tenure, he spoke time and again about the importance of spiritual wealth and health. When he talked about material wealth, it was usually part of a cautionary tale,” said Falsani in a New York Times article.

he Trump Prophecy” movie also suggests that God was behind Trump’s surprise election win. However, Trump won because he conspired with Russia. This has been proven by multiple books, news stories, intelligence reports and indictments. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 37 people and convicted five members of Trump the presidential campaign as part of the Russia investigation.

od wasn’t responsible for Trump’s win, it was Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent and communist, who has looted his country and killed his critics. But, Evangelicals see Putin as a conservative who supports family values, because he backed the Russian Orthodox Church and persecuted gays. I guess they overlooked the little fact that he’s assassinated reporters and stolen billions of dollars from his country. Franklin Graham even called him a “lion of Christianity.”

it any wonder that church attendance is falling when so-called Christians are siding with conmen, thieves and killers, just so they can get their pet causes passed? According to a Pew survey on religion, 36 percent of young millennials classify themselves as “unaffiliated.” They see the church as being too conservative, political, anti-science and anti-gay.

ut some religious figures have criticized Trump’s right-wing policies. “I believe that you cannot reject people (immigrants) who arrive. You have to receive them, help them, look after them, accompany them and then see where to put them,” said Pope Francis, according to Reuters.

rank Schaeffer, a former fundamentalist, has lashed out at his former community.

hey’re defending a man who has trashed fidelity in his own life and with the words he speaks nationally. They have trashed truth-telling and have embraced this idea of everything being ‘fake news’ that they disagree with. They have even trashed common decency,” said Schaeffer on “AM Joy.”

he biggest threat to the church isn’t pornography, the Internet or Bill Maher, it’s right-wing Christians. They’re doing a great job of destroying the church’s credibility all by themselves.

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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