Trump was received as the Messiah by screaming clapping white evangelical right-wingers. They see Trump as a path to revenge on secularism, gays, women, “them” and the future.
Stephen K. Bannon and Sebastian Gorka — both fired from the White House by General Kelley, for their incontinent effusions of racist extremism — set the tone and agenda for the evangelicals.
“There is a time and season for everything,” said Bannon. “And right now, it’s a season for war against a GOP establishment.”
Amen? Amen from white evangelical America that has become the establishment of the GOP? Yes it seems.
Leaders of the religious right have conformed white American “Christian” social teaching to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Once evangelicals were all about stopping abortion, gays, wives and the rest from “un-biblical” behavior. Today according to Bannon, “economic nationalism” is the “centerpiece of value voters.”
My father Francis Schaeffer, would be shocked. Led by Bannon evangelicals have morphed into the new Nazi Party even using fascist terms like economic nationalism.
Do religious right leaders have any clue how insane they now appear?
Rather than representing a set of distinctive beliefs related to Jesus Christ, they are now a tail wagging the dog of Bannon’s fascist anarchy movement.
Evangelicals have traded places with the devil. The words “white evangelical” now conjure not Jesus, or the abolition of slavery, or even kindness but racial and ethnic divisions and hatred of migrants and refugees.
The religious right, led by the likes of Jerry Falwell Jr. Ralph Reed and Franklin Graham, has cultivated deep new ties to alt-right leaders. White evangelical voters now are part of white identity politics.
The religious right is the white supremacist’s movement’s not-too-bright whore.
Bannon promises that they can be “the folks who saved the Judeo-Christian West.” All that is required is to abandon the best of the Judeo-Christian tradition: a belief in the inherent value and dignity of every life.