These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences

Feb 14, 2017

By Emma Green

Earlier this month, Jonathan Martin jotted off a sad tweet. “I’ve lost count of the number of people who say they’ve had ministry jobs threatened/been fired for speaking out in some way in this season,” the Christian author and speaker wrote. Confirmation rolled in: one story from a church planter in California, another from a former worship leader in Indiana. These are “not people who would historically self-identify as progressives, at all,” Martin told me later. They’re “people who see themselves as being very faithful evangelicals.”

Donald Trump has divided conservative Christian communities. Most white Christians support Trump, or at least voted for him. Some who have spoken out against his presidency or his policies, though, have encountered backlash. For a small group of people working in Christian ministry, music, and nonprofit advocacy, the consequences have been tangible: They’ve faced pressure from their employers, seen funds withdrawn from their mission work, or lost performing gigs because of their political beliefs.

Many of these stories suggest a generational divide in the church. Young Christians who describe themselves as theological conservatives don’t necessarily identify as political conservatives, although some who do are also horrified by Trump. The issues they’re passionate about—whether it’s racial reconciliation or refugee care—might not match the priorities of their elders. And the pushback often comes online: Posts on Facebook, Twitter, or personal blogs might prompt a text from the boss or an outraged message from a church friend. For Millennials used to speaking their minds on social media, institutional rules curtailing their freedom—whether they’re standard policies or not—might be jarring.

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4 comments on “These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences

  • Good. They’re discovering the politically inconvenient core of their beliefs, what it’s supposed to mean to be a Christian. The True Christians among them will stand tall and be crucified. Getting fired is the least of it.

    Funny to be applauding Christians for standing up for decency and truth. Though I don’t suppose applause from this direction will be any aid or comfort to them.



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  • Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday moved to expand the rights of employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception and issued sweeping guidance on religious freedom that critics said could also erode civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    The rules were also welcomed by groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns who had resisted the Obama administration’s mandate because, they said, it would make them (as they put it:)

    “morally complicit in grave sin.”

    There is the Catholic Church again,
    to shove down the throats of EVERYBODY their dogmas!

    WITH DONALD TRUMPS HELP!!



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  • I am confident that those who contribute to this blog site clearly understand that “religious freedom” really means that preachers, ministers, priests, bishops and nuns have the “freedom” to control everyone’s behavior and life according to their narrow beliefs and dogma! The rest of all you sinners can burn in hell forever.



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  • cbrown #3
    Oct 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I am confident that those who contribute to this blog site clearly understand that “religious freedom” really means that preachers, ministers, priests, bishops and nuns have the “freedom” to control everyone’s behavior and life

    Indeed: They ensure that the “dumb” is firmly entrenched in their concept of free-dumb! – Along with free-dim, free opinionated ignorance, and free-interfering-bigotry with impunity!



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