‘I love him so much I can hardly explain it’: Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor’s release

Oct 16, 2018

By Lorraine Woellert

When a Turkish court released American Andrew Brunson after two years of confinement, it was a profound moment for Christian evangelicals, who had made the pastor a symbol of religious persecution worldwide.

In Brunson’s case and others, they had prayed for deliverance. And President Donald Trump, they said, delivered.

Trump on Friday said there was “no deal at all” with Turkey to win Brunson’s release, but the administration had brought significant political and economic pressure to bear. In an unusual move, the administration had used a religious freedom law to target Turkish officials, the first time such economic sanctions had been brought against a NATO ally.

Again and again, evangelical activists say, the administration has made good on promises made to the faith voters who lifted Trump into office — a group he will sorely need to turn out again for his 2020 reelection bid.

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3 comments on “‘I love him so much I can hardly explain it’: Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor’s release

  • Question: was Brunson up to any nefarious activities? Evangelical churches have a track record for confusing politics, American foreign policy initiatives, business interests and the spreading the Word. Any reliable information on the matter?

  • @OP – When a Turkish court released American Andrew Brunson after two years of confinement, it was a profound moment for Christian evangelicals, who had made the pastor a symbol of religious persecution worldwide.

    This is going on in the field of espionage, attempts at regime change, and political intrigue, where transparency and truth are the least likely things to be found!

    Turkey probably released him, because Ergodan is firmly established in office, and the coup members are no longer a threat. They probably just want rid of the adverse publicity, so shunting him back to America gets rid of the problem in Turkey.

    We really should not expect evangelical congregations to be bright enough to understand that!

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