Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Randall Balmer: Fiction & Family Values

Religious? And right? Really?

I've been puzzled over the way evangelical Christians have supported Trump since a year ago.

Randall Balmer shares my anguish and explains part of the truth in his op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times: "Evangelicals show their true colors."

"The 2016 presidential election, then, allowed the religious right finally to dispense with the fiction that theirs was a movement about family values."

I'm so grateful for his incisive words, especially the quotation above.

Professor Balmer teaches in the religion department at Dartmouth College. His website is

 I have his book Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America.  Very important.  I wrote a pro-choice book on abortion in 1994, so I have been interested in how evangelicals suddenly swung from divorce as their issue to abortion--when they wanted to elect a divorced president, Ronald Reagan.

I've also read Franky Schaeffer's book on the subject:

It used to be that evangelicals didn't support divorced men running for president of the USA.

They didn't oppose abortion in 1973. They were okay with women making their own choices in he case of an unplanned pregnancy.

Balmer explains how and why evangelicals have come so far as to support a sexual predator and liar.

He notes that the members of economic advisory boards have abandoned dt, but members of the Evangelical Advisory Board have not stepped down.

We all have to work together to expose the indecency of born-again Christian support for dt.

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