April 13, 2024
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What does it mean when conservative evangelicals “want to bring their faith to bear on public life”?

I’ll tell you what it means: It means preventing women from accessing reproductive health care, falsely telling gay kids they can change their sexual orientation, denying trans kids access to tools that will help them grow up, rejecting expertise in science and medicine in lieu of conspiracy theories, pushing harmful myths about sex in the name of “purity,” demanding that their religion (and only their religion) enter public schools, calling for taxpayer dollars to fund their own private religious schools, etc. And all of that is before we get into the racism.

That’s what the rank and file want to do. Just because they don’t necessarily have the power of Christian Nationalists in elected office doesn’t mean we should give them a free pass as merely good neighbors with different ideas.

The fact that roughly 80% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020 is the clearest indication we have that they failed the simplest morality test of our time, choosing as our nation’s leader an unrepentant sex predator who doesn’t take the job seriously and whose entire life flies in the face of their supposed values.

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