Evangelicals were Hypocrites Before

Rasselas

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Some of us just can't get our heads around the support of American conservative Christians for a president who lies regularly, has cheated on three wives and divorced two of them, who says he's never asked for God's forgiveness for anything because he's never done anything wrong, and who is credibly accused of all sorts of corruption.

The thing is, they did it before, almost 100 years ago.

Evangelical support was strong for the last president regarded as the most corrupt in history, Warren G. Harding.
Here's an extensive and excellent historical report: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/21/explaining-unbreakable-bond-between-donald-trump-white-evangelicals/

Conservative evangelicals in 1920 favored Harding for the same reason evangelicals support Trump today: he makes policies they like. In 1920, that meant opposition to immigration and support for American isolationism. They called it "America First."

Instead of Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell, Jr., it was preacher Billy Sunday who rallied support for Harding. Here's what he had to say about immigration:
“They call us the ‘melting pot,’” he harangued. “Then it’s up to us to skim off the slag that won’t melt into Americanism and throw it into hell or somewhere else.”
If you're descended from Italians or Hungarians or Poles or even Catholic Germans (who came mostly between 1880-1920), Sunday was talking about your great-grandparents.

Of course, Harding was implicated in the most serious political scandal in US history until Watergate: Teapot Dome. And Harding spent as much time at "the Little House on K Street,"--filled with bootleg whiskey, hight-stakes poker, and women whose virtue was easy--as he did at the White House. His dissolute lifestyle was an open secret, and his affairs went on right in the White House (just like another, more recent presidential scoundrel whom evangelicals condemned).

Even as he was breaking multiple commandments in his personal life, Harding praised "Old Time Religion" in his public speeches. That was good enough for the evangelical crowd.


We're not talking about ALL American Christians or even all protestants. Chief among Harding's religious supporters was the Moody organization. While the Methodist Church was championing the Social Gospel (see its 1908 Social Creed for Workers) Moody was opposing social aid to the poor.

Harding died in office (some say his wife poisoned him) and he was lauded with funerals titled "Harding: The Christian President."

So we can see that conservative evangelicals in America have a long history of overlooking even the most heinously sinful presidents who at least hated the same thing that they hate: non-protestant immigrants.
 
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We don't approve of his affairs. Christians don't agree with all of Trump's statements and actions. But Christians do like the end results from Trump.

Appointing judges who are pro-life and pro religious freedom. This is what Trump said he would do, and it's why Christians voted for him.

We voted for Trump because of what he told Christians. He would stand for our issues. And he has.



In this thread below, me and some other Christians went into detail as to why we voted for him

 
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We don't approve of his affairs. Christians don't agree with all of Trump's statements and actions. But Christians do like the end results from Trump.

Appointing judges who are pro-life and pro religious freedom. This is what Trump said he would do, and it's why Christians voted for him.

We voted for Trump because of what he told Christians. He would stand for our issues. And he has.
^ Fact
 

HayJenn

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We don't approve of his affairs. Christians don't agree with all of Trump's statements and actions. But Christians do like the end results from Trump.

Appointing judges who are pro-life and pro religious freedom. This is what Trump said he would do, and it's why Christians voted for him.

We voted for Trump because of what he told Christians. He would stand for our issues. And he has.



In this thread below, me and some other Christians went into detail as to why we voted for him

More double standards - why am I not surprised?

Either you believe in the entire Bible and hold people to your biblical standards or you don't.

You don't get to "carve" out special exceptions because that would make you a hypocrite.
 
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More double standards - why am I not surprised?

Either you believe in the entire Bible and hold people to your biblical standards or you don't.

You don't get to "carve" out special exceptions because that would make you a hypocrite.
Hillary was no angel and Jesus Christ wasn't running for president.
 

boontito

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Somehow Evangelical hypocrites think they can hide their hypocrisy behind laughable claims that they only support good Trump, while their excuses for, distractions from and blatant support of scumbag Trump is deafening.

It's a package deal. It's fine that they agreed to go past party-over-country on their way to party-over-religion. That's their right. They can sell out the beliefs they claim to adhere to. Just don't lie about it too.