Why would Trump hire a right-wing fundamentalist Pat Robertson clone/follower “First Amendment lawyer” famous for claiming white evangelicals are the victims of left wing media conspiracies (and for spreading other delusional fables) rather than a reputable defense attorney? Because Trump saw Sekulow on Fox NEWS!
Trump watched as Sekulow praised him and Trump loved it! His new ass-kisser was hired by Fox as a “legal analyst” and Trump (like Chance the Gardener of “Being There”) watches TV!
Trump saw Sekulow “defend” him on TV one night. That made Sekulow the choice for a man who demands “loyalty” rather than integrity in his lackeys.
Back when I was an evangelical far right “leader” I met Jay Sekulow when I was on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson. I remember a secret meeting I had with Pat back in the day that paved the way for Pat to hire Sekulow. He wasn’t at our meeting but we set out Pat’s new “Christian civil liberties” agenda at that time. A little later Pat hired Sukulow to carry out his “save America from secular humanists, gays and women” via court action.
In the early 1980s, Dad, (Francis Schaeffer) and I were with Pat Robertson in that secret meeting Pat called to help a follower of my dad’s called John Whitehead, set up the Rutherford Institute, a (then new) group that was going to be the “Christian answer to the ACLU.” Then Pat and John W had a falling out and Pat decided to go it alone and hired Jay Sekulow to start a group Pat could control and make money from.
The agenda John Whitehead developed (he’s still going) was borrowed wholesale by Pat and Jay. “Standing up to the ACLU” was so popular that several dozen other Christian civil liberties groups (for instance one started by Focus on the Family) were springing up at the same time as Rutherford was. But with Pat’s vast empire behind it Jay’s group was the one that took off.
It’s widely reported that Trump had been unable to hire any actual top law firms to represent him.
Reputable lawyers know Trump will Tweet and blather against their advice and hang them out to dry. As Raw Story, reported one lawyer said the reasons for refusing to represent Trump were: “The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen.” Thus the reputable defense attorneys were “unavailable.” So Trump dove into the evangelical fundamentalist madhouse to find a “lawyer.”
Jay Sekulow, is a familiar presence for viewers of Fox News and Christian TV. His specialty is not the law. Sekulow is famous for his claims that American evangelical Christians are victims and a persecuted minority. According to Sekulow and company, The Gays are out to take over the world and The Feminists are in a plot to destroy motherhood.
Christians are victims! They are victims of science, facts and history!
These days Sekulow is best known for his American Center for Law and Justice. As I noted it was founded by Pat Robertson to raise money with to “protect Christians from the secular humanist elites taking over our country.” Pat has “protected” the evangelicals (if you’ll send him money) from abortionists, communists, homosexuals, women, Democrats and the liberal media as well as from science, education, facts and Opinions-Other-Than-Pat’s! He’s parleyed his “protection” racket in a personal billion-plus empire.
The American Center for Law and Justice became a specialist in bigotry, It’s famous for its work against gay marriage. Sekulow and the American Center for Law and Justice have also been heavily involved in the Christian right’s global project to criminalize homosexuality in Africa. According to observers, that has encouraged violence against gays in Africa, as well as inspiring laws threatening prison for gays- as Mother Jones reported on this in 2012.
Sekulow is all about FAMILY VALUES! So he is now representing the thrice-divorced habitual liar and Putin prodigy, sexual assault specialist Trump.
So far, that’s not going too well for Trump re his new evangelical anti-gay extremist “lawyer.” Sekulow made the rounds on all the Sunday talk shows last Sunday. He said that despite the president’s tweeting that he was under investigation, he was really wasn’t. On Fox News, with Chris Wallace Sekulow was asked why, if the president isn’t under investigation, he would go after Rosenstein, describing the situation as a “witch hunt.” Sekulow lost his poise and began explaining that Trump had taken the advice of the attorney general and his deputy and “now the Department of Justice is investigating him.”
Wallace called him on it:
Chris Wallace: Well, but you don’t know that he isn’t under investigation now, do you?
Jay Sekulow: Well, no one’s notified us that he is. So I — I can’t read people’s minds, but I can tell you this: We have not been notified that there’s an investigation to the president of the United States. So that — nothing has changed in that regard since James Comey’s testimony.
Wallace: Well, you don’t know that he’s not under investigation again, sir. I mean you might —
Sekulow: You know, I can’t read the mind — you’re right, Chris, I can’t read the minds of the special prosecutor.
Sekulow, Pat Robertson and Trump all understand each other perfectly. All three are scam artists. All three have become rich making empty promises—make America Great, I’ll teach you to make money at Trump U, save the USA for Jesus—just send me your money!
According to Right Wing Watch, which has been tracking Sekulow for years, Tony Mauro wrote an article for The Legal Times entitled “The Secrets of Jay Sekulow” which examined how “through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, [Sekulow] has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle — complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”
Sekulow runs two multimillion-dollar “nonprofits” (the Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism and the American Center for Law and Justice). Like Pat Robertson who turned his “ministry” into a family empire run by his son, Sekulow’s wife, brother, sister-in-law and two sons dominate the boards of both organizations, collecting millions of dollars through complicated legal structures.
Sound familiar? Ivanka and Jared must understand this guy perfectly!
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What’s wrong with opposing gay marriage, abortion, and feminism? It’s time to push back against the encroaching degeneracy that is occurring.
Let’s start with you explaining what’s right about it? It may be”encroaching degeneracy” in your religious-viewpoint eyes but those of us in secular society realize we live in a Republic not a Theocracy society. dictated by Christians. No one wants an abortion but the right to abort in rape and incest, to save a mothers life or brain dead fetus is a decision between a woman her family and her God not you. The profetus crowd would force a ten year old little girl to carry her rapist impregnation to full term to hell what it would do to her little body or her psych. Feminism? Women have the right to equal pay if they are qualified as a man, a right to be in the work force and don’t start with Bible quotes about putting woman in silence mode. No one chooses their sexuality. If that is true when did you choose to be a heterosexual or where you born that way? And what business is it that of yours or any Bible thumper anyway? Unless it is hurting you personally it is none of your business.
HE’S trying to be the Holy Spirit Jesus and God all at the same time. Read your Bibles…judge not lest you be judged. Start waking the Word instead of just talking it.
Thank you – you wrote the reply I wanted to write, but was too tired to.
I have been pushing back against the degeneracy for a long time. And I will continue to do that.
Yeah … I bet you have . But I’ll also bet under a microscope your personal life and ‘ so called ‘morals would hardly stand up to the scrutiny of what is and what is not considered ‘ degenerate ‘ both in the Biblical as well as legal sense . Which errr .. like so many others of your misguided ilk makes you pretty much a hypocrite .So perhaps a serious study on Luke 6:42 might be in order ? But hey …alternatively … with the likes of Pat Robinson , James Dobson , Bill McCartney etc – et al – ad nauseam ( emphasis on nauseam ) in the mix … you’ve got plenty of company … though I wouldn’t call it … good
Problem is Bill (and Mr Bryson ) ole bean ;
1) Feminism is hardly in the same category as abortion and gay marriage . It may threaten your lack of manhood and masculinity but theres nothing remotely wrong Biblically or otherwise about feminism
2) Assuming by your comment you claim to be something remotely resembling a Christian y’all might wanna take the time to actually READ that Bible collecting dust on yer coffee table in its entirety rather than focusing on the few passages that seem to defend your opinions / biases and prejudices . Specially in this case the passage on the Wheat and the Tares ( weeds ) Matt ;13 24-30
3) One does not fight immorality with blatant outright evil . Suffice it to say we ( US ) have been going down that Rabbit Hole for over a century coming away each and every time with the exact same result . Making things worse than they already were .
FYI ; Just in case an actual question may of arisen in your mind about who or what I am ; Christian .. Hard core Reformation Theologian / Apologist / Philosopher with genuinely conservative Biblical values ..
Wrong? Let GOD do the judging..not you.
You know this country is worn weary from all this partisan ideological garbage. As a dumb little fresh out of college boy-I made the acquaintance of an really cool person who was an elderly retired former Intel Officer. What did he have me read (to probably cleverly show me the red pill in the game out here) The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin, FedEd by Alan Quist, and The Bankers Manifesto of 1894 (aka why this two party system/Hegelian dialectic sham exists in the first place). If I had the chance to enlighten a curious college kid I would add War Is A Racket by Major General Smedely D. Butler to the aforementioned bibliography. These political parties make me groan and not in a good way. They are the Rothschild-Rockefeller two wings of the same ugly creature that’s oppressing the people with their chicanery.
I agree with your assessment. A video that reveals many interesting things is called “The Money Masters”. I watched it on YouTube. I’m not sure whether it is still available there, but it enlightening.
Ahh yes … the good ole resorting to conspiracy and propaganda based YouTube videos card . Cause of course … everything on YouTube is accurate and true … errr … not hardly . Perhaps ye might chose to find thy so called ‘ enlightenment ‘ from more reliable and verifiable sources ? Alternatively though theres plenty of aluminum foil to go around .. your choice
What this country’s overwhelming majority is well worn over is the rapidly increasing Collective Stupidity of America , addled by celebrity , addicted to enter/infotainment fueled by a culture of complaint , victimhood and conspiracy theory . THAT … is what the majority of this country is genuinely sick of . The partisan ideological garbage being merely a symptom of the disease .. not the disease itself . As for the books ? Try reading some real books by the likes of John Lukacs , Timothy Snyder etc .. not blatant tin foil conspiracy addled garbage .
Excellent reply. Well-stated.
Maybe you should have picked up some RICHARD ROHR books like IMMORTAL DIAMOND. It will change your life.