Donald Trump, defender of Christian America? It’s not as ludicrous as it sounds

Apr 10, 2018

By Paul Rosenberg

Consternation over evangelical support for Donald Trump got another jolt with Stormy Daniels’ interview on “60 Minutes” last Sunday, but new research from Clemson sociologist Andrew Whitehead and two colleagues provides strong evidence that Trump is actually an ideal candidate for the Christian right. It sounds crazy, I know — but not to those in his evangelical base, a demographic that supported him by a ratio of roughly four to one, and others who share their particular worldview.

The key, Whitehead’s research shows, is Trump’s role as a champion of “Christian nationalism” — an Old Testament-based worldview fusing Christian and American identities, and sharpening the divide with those who are excluded from it. That stands in contrast to the tradition of “civil religion,” which “often refers to America’s covenantal relationship with a divine Creator who promises blessings for the nation for fulfilling its responsibility to defend liberty and justice.”

America is certainly understood as special, in this latter tradition — but that’s rooted in a special obligation. “Christian nationalism, however, draws its roots from ‘Old Testament’ parallels between America and Israel, who was commanded to maintain cultural and blood purity, often through war, conquest, and separatism,” Whitehead’s paper explains. “Unlike civil religion, contemporary manifestations of Christian nationalism can be unmoored from traditional moral import, emphasizing only its notions of exclusion and apocalyptic war and conquest.”

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2 comments on “Donald Trump, defender of Christian America? It’s not as ludicrous as it sounds

  • @OP – “Unlike civil religion, contemporary manifestations of Christian nationalism
    can be unmoored from traditional moral import,
    emphasizing only its notions of exclusion and apocalyptic war and conquest.”

    Trump is very much into conquest of the irrational over the rational, and the promising privileged status to any group or clique which will support him. – Especially if empty words will satisfy the recipients, and opposition can be perceived to be attacked or claimed to be relegated to some lower inconsequential status!

    It is all about the dominance of HIS (preconceived) answers, rather than seeking the best or correct answer!



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  • If Trump and the evangelicals stop threatening to impose their nuttery on other people, secularism can provide peace!

    It looks like North and South Korea, have worked out that cutting Trump and the USA out of the loop, is their best chance for demilitarisation and peaceful co-existence!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43921385

    The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons after holding an historic summit.

    The announcement was made by the North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.

    The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year.

    It comes just months after warlike rhetoric from North Korea.

    Details of how denuclearisation would be achieved were not made clear and many analysts remain sceptical about the North’s apparent enthusiasm for engagement.

    Other points the leaders agreed on in a joint statement were:

    An end to “hostile activities” between the two nations
    Changing the Demilitarised Zone that divides the country into a “peace zone” by ceasing propaganda broadcasts
    An arms reduction in the region pending the easing of military tension
    To push for three-way talks involving the US and China
    Organising a reunion of families left divided by the war
    Connecting and modernising railways and roads across the border
    Further joint participation in sporting events, including this year’s Asian Games

    This has been agreed prior to the arranged Trump meeting with the North’s Kim Jong-un!
    There are also suggested meetings between the The Koreas, the US, and China.



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