RE: Trump and Conservatism As A Threat: What Should Be Done?
8 hours ago
(13th January 2017, 18:12)abaris Wrote:
(13th January 2017, 18:00)Thumpalumpacus Wrote: I think the power of the religious right has been waning over the last twenty-five years, and demographics are against them.
I'm not counseling complacency, just not confusing raindrops for a falling sky.
I think it doesn't matter if it's been vaning. All it needs is (religious) right legislators and no opposition to speak of.
Personally I think Trump is mainly in it for the glory and some additional money being funneled his way. But I don't see him putting up a fight against religious nutters either.
You are so right abaris. I think the Right Wing will use Trump to get what they want in legislating Christianity into state sponsorship and Trump will use them to help him gain more money and personal glory.
According to the December 2016 issue of "Church & State", the official magazine of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State:
"In the middle of October, Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and a member of Donald J. Trump’s Religious Advisory Council, penned a column for the online Christian Post in which he discussed the Republican nominee’s spiritual life.
“I know for a fact that the Gospel has been shared with Mr. Trump,” Graham wrote. “He has been confronted with his sin. He has heard God’s truth and has been offered grace and forgiveness.
“Our mission as spiritual advisors is to deliver the message,” Graham added. “Without question, that message has been faithfully delivered. Several members of our group speak into Mr. Trump’s life weekly, if not daily.”
Trump’s stunning come-from-behind victory on Nov. 8 has clearly pleased Religious Right figures like Graham who believe they’re on the verge of getting much of what they want politically.
And they just might be.
The Religious Right has a laundry list of issues, many of which Trump has already addressed. During the campaign, Trump vowed to get rid of a federal law that bars tax-exempt non-profits, including houses of worship, from intervening in partisan politicking. He also proposed a $20-billion voucher plan that will inevitably end up supporting many sectarian schools."...etc., etc. --Payback Time, Church & State, Dec. 2016