At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to post yet another rant about the hypocrisy of America’s evangelical Christians. So if you are one, you might want to stop reading now.
Donald Trump’s approval rating with self-identified white evangelical Christians has recently jumped by 6%. This despite the controversy about hush money paid to a porn star and to a Playboy playmate on his behalf right before the 2016 presidential election in order to hide extramarital affairs that took place just months after Trump’s third wife gave birth to his fifth child.
American evangelicals have decided that they are willing to ignore Trump’s personal immorality because they are getting something far more important in return. Namely, the chance to impose their own (alleged) morality on others. They are fixated on removing abortion and other women’s rights, as well as those for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders.
As to overturning or eliminating programs designed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we all live on? Not to worry. God, they assure us, will take care of that.
And while acting this hypocritically, these holier-than-thou evangelicals are ignoring the moral aspects of adultery — something they were unwilling to do when a Democrat (Bill Clinton) was in the White House.
Donald Trump, a serial adulterer and sexual assaulter, gets a free pass because of the right’s obsession with abortion, gay rights, and other so-called sins. At the same time, they fiercely defend their right to force their religion on the rest of society, especially on those who do not share their far-right beliefs.
Religious hypocrisy isn’t new, but under Donald Trump it has reached a whole new level. And it has never been as obvious.
Editorial cartoon © Jimmy Margulies.