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Evangelicals who support Donald Trump are receiving harsh criticism, both from other Christians and from secularists.
How can you support Trump? goes the typical attack. With his porn star affairs, egotism, and vindictiveness, he’s as far from being a Christian as you can get. And his mean-spirited policies aren’t Christian either. You Christian Trump supporters are nothing but hypocrites, interested only in power!
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But wait a minute. Previously, the Christian right was receiving harsh criticism for trying to elect only Christians and for trying to impose Christian values in public policy. Alarmists were warning against the coming theocracy!
So why don’t Christian conservatives get credit for supporting someone who is not one of their own? And for not using Christian moralism as a template for public policy?
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Instead, evangelicals are supporting someone who will advance their interests. This is what other minority groups and special interests do. Gays don’t insist on electing gays, but in electing someone who will support LGBT issues.
And President Trump has certainly come through for evangelicals in return for their support. He has stopped family planning funds from going to abortion providers. He has stopped U.S. promotion of abortion overseas. He has forbidden federal officials from enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for religious employers. He has opened an office for religious freedom. He has established principles of religious liberty that federal agencies must respect. And more.
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It would seem that evangelicals have switched from a strategy of trying to Christianize the government as a means of Christianizing America to the more realistic, pragmatic tactics of Realpolitik. That is, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, “politics based on practical objectives rather than on ideals.”
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