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Evangelicals for Trump! Huh? – Pew Survey

July 14, 2016

I just don’t get it!  Well, sort of, but not really.  See, I was an Evangelical for all my childhood and many adult years.  So I realize how strong the Republican ties and the suspicion or fear of “liberals”, and especially of both Clintons, can be.

I was surrounded and, though I never was anywhere near this attitude myself, I understood the reasoning for things like celebrating the “virgin birth” of Ronald Reagan.  Again, sort of.  But when it comes to Donald Trump, we’re in entirely new territory.  I mean, the man has virtually no redeeming social value, let alone spiritual.  And, through a lens of “Christian values” or “family values”, what can anyone see in him and his prospective presidency that would recommend him? (Not to even figure in all the down-side risks.)

None-the-less, a recent Pew Research study found that a strong majority of white Evangelicals support Trump.  Now, of course, a similar strong majority of black “Evangelicals” (those theologically aligned with broader Evangelicalism, though often not classified with white Evangelicals, as in this survey) are for Clinton.  This suggests that something other than religious beliefs is driving this split… and it may well have a lot to do with race.

However, I do think other factors are involved as well.  I’ll not speculate on them for now. But I’d be very interested in readers’ thoughts on some of the factors driving so many Evangelicals to a choice I’d say is clearly against principles they supposedly believe in.  Not that they have to therefore support Clinton… they have other options.

What do you think? I’d like to deepen my insights on this.

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