The end of the religious right?

Nearly all evangelical leaders are opposing Donald Trump.  And yet evangelicals are voting for him in droves.  Jonathan Merritt of the Atlantic is hailing this phenomenon as the end of the religious right.  Read what he says after the jump, read my response, and offer your opinion.

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Why so many evangelicals are for Trump

Why are so many evangelicals supporting such a flagrant non-evangelical as Donald Trump?  Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, gives the best answer I’ve heard:  The evangelicals who support Trump recognize that they have lost the culture wars, that Christianizing the government is futile, that America is no longer a Christian nation.  What they want now is protection from the politically-correct elites who would love to stamp out whatever Christianity is left.  And Trump, for all his faults, delights in defying the politically-correct elite.

You conservative Christians who support Trump, is this at least part of the reason?

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Weird political news

The political landscape keeps getting stranger and stranger.  Three new examples after the jump. [Read more…]

Ted Cruz hammered for not tithing

In the struggle for evangelical voters, Ted Cruz has seemed like the most evangelical candidate of them all, with his family history and overt Christian rhetoric.  But his financial records indicate that he doesn’t tithe!  He has given away only 1% of his income, instead of  the 10% that many (though not all) conservative Christians believe the Bible requires.  So now some evangelicals are turning against him.  The main beneficiaries are apparently tithers Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Is this a valid issue, or an example of Christians misapplying their beliefs to politics? [Read more…]

Rubio on Christianity, Christians on Rubio

Like Trump and Cruz, Marco Rubio is talking about his faith.  After the jump, see his response to an atheist and his campaign commercial that includes talk about accepting the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.”

Does he go too far in mingling Christianity and politics?  What differences do you see between these three presidential candidates in the way they relate their faith to their politics?  My observations after the jump. [Read more…]

Ted Cruz on Christianity, Christians on Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, like Donald Trump, is also talking a lot about Christianity.  He says, “we should not be ashamed of Christ,” begins his campaign appearances with prayer, and regularly cites 2 Chronicles 7:14.  See details after the jump.  Does he go too far in mingling Christianity and politics? [Read more…]