Evangelicals lower ethical standards to embrace Trump

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1. Randall Balmer is the John Phillips Professor in Religion at Dartmouth College and the author of Evangelicalism in America.

The following are excerpts from Randall Balmer's 18 February 2018 opinion piece headlined "Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics" with the subheading "From scorning immigrants to accepting the president’s profanity, evangelicals are proving just how flexible their values can be".

(Begin excerpts)
The religious right’s wholesale embrace of the Republican party and of Donald J Trump, both as candidate and as president, has necessitated a rewriting of evangelical ethics. Here’s a summary, with annotations.

* Lying is all right as long as it serves a higher purpose

Yes, we know all about that business about not bearing false witness in the Ten Commandments, but that was a very long time ago....

And all those websites fact-checking our president, claiming that he told more than 2,000 lies his first year in office? Big deal. He’s also pro-life, and he’s trying to root out transgender folks in the military, so cut the guy some slack....

* It’s no problem to be married more than, well, twice

....Yes, Jesus said: “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”...

* Immigrants are scum

We grant that Jesus said something about welcoming the stranger and feeding the hungry. And Leviticus says: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself.” But our careful study of scriptural texts has led us to conclude that the almighty had Norwegians in mind, not Mexicans or Salvadorans.

* Vulgarity is a sign of strength and resolve

The president’s scatological comments about Haiti and African nations provided a welcome relief to the rhetoric of those coddling the so-called Dreamers. As Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, noted, Brother Trump was “right on target”.

* White lives matter (much more than others)

...We took the Brother Trump at his word when he declared that the ranks of white supremacists and neo-Nazis included “some very fine people”. That’s why none of us criticized him....

* There’s no harm in spending time with porn stars

....Regarding that messy situation with Stormy Daniels, think of the opportunities for the president to share what Franklin Graham calls his “concern for Christian values”. We’re confident that as details emerge, we’ll learn that the Brother Trump was discussing his theological perspectives on human depravity and the second coming.

* It’s all right for adults to date children

We’re not yet prepared to embrace pedophilia, but we see nothing wrong with a 30-something attorney trolling the local shopping mall for teenage dates. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “suffer the little children to come unto me”? Roy Moore was simply being Christ-like. Besides, he opposes abortion, and he asked their mothers for permission.

* The ends justify the means

...Too many Americans think of evangelicals as dogmatic and uncompromising, so we’re eager to demonstrate that when it comes to ethical standards we can indeed be flexible. Very flexible. (End excerpts)

Source: Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics
 
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Wow, I see Prof Randall has not read about King David, Sampson, King Saul... ... ....

How about St Paul he said I am the chief of sinners.
 
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1. Randall Balmer is the John Phillips Professor in Religion at Dartmouth College and the author of Evangelicalism in America.

The following are excerpts from Randall Balmer's 18 February 2018 opinion piece headlined "Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics" with the subheading "From scorning immigrants to accepting the president’s profanity, evangelicals are proving just how flexible their values can be".

(Begin excerpts)
The religious right’s wholesale embrace of the Republican party and of Donald J Trump, both as candidate and as president, has necessitated a rewriting of evangelical ethics. Here’s a summary, with annotations.

* Lying is all right as long as it serves a higher purpose

Yes, we know all about that business about not bearing false witness in the Ten Commandments, but that was a very long time ago....

And all those websites fact-checking our president, claiming that he told more than 2,000 lies his first year in office? Big deal. He’s also pro-life, and he’s trying to root out transgender folks in the military, so cut the guy some slack....

* It’s no problem to be married more than, well, twice

....Yes, Jesus said: “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”...

* Immigrants are scum

We grant that Jesus said something about welcoming the stranger and feeding the hungry. And Leviticus says: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself.” But our careful study of scriptural texts has led us to conclude that the almighty had Norwegians in mind, not Mexicans or Salvadorans.

* Vulgarity is a sign of strength and resolve

The president’s scatological comments about Haiti and African nations provided a welcome relief to the rhetoric of those coddling the so-called Dreamers. As Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, noted, Brother Trump was “right on target”.

* White lives matter (much more than others)

...We took the Brother Trump at his word when he declared that the ranks of white supremacists and neo-Nazis included “some very fine people”. That’s why none of us criticized him....

* There’s no harm in spending time with porn stars

....Regarding that messy situation with Stormy Daniels, think of the opportunities for the president to share what Franklin Graham calls his “concern for Christian values”. We’re confident that as details emerge, we’ll learn that the Brother Trump was discussing his theological perspectives on human depravity and the second coming.

* It’s all right for adults to date children

We’re not yet prepared to embrace pedophilia, but we see nothing wrong with a 30-something attorney trolling the local shopping mall for teenage dates. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “suffer the little children to come unto me”? Roy Moore was simply being Christ-like. Besides, he opposes abortion, and he asked their mothers for permission.

* The ends justify the means

...Too many Americans think of evangelicals as dogmatic and uncompromising, so we’re eager to demonstrate that when it comes to ethical standards we can indeed be flexible. Very flexible. (End excerpts)

Source: Under Trump, America's religious right is rewriting its code of ethics
This guy puts party above God and the Bible. This is a sad article that sounds more like an atheist than a Christian
 
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Oh come on GluteusMaximus, the problem with religious people, Jewish, Christain, or Muslim, is not their fault but the fault of public education and keep in mind, until recently the world did not have public education, other than education of the people's holy books. When speaking of human nature and history that seems to prove we have not progressed much since we hit each other over the head with clubs is to miss the most important point. Our human potential is to learn the rules of logic and then base our decisions on logic and our education stopped preparing us for this in 1958. New math has returned to a focus on logic, as opposed to simply memorizing math facts such as 2+2=4 but look at all those generations when the focus was on memorization instead of logic.

Don't create wars that will be futile. That is attacking people who have not been prepared to think logically. Make war where the effort will make an important difference. That is addressing the education problem that led to supporting Trump on religious grounds, not on good moral judgment based on reason. Christianity without education for logic as the base of good moral judgment is what Germany had. Germany and Hittler's New World Order was embraced by those in seats of the power, and 1958 we replaced our education for good moral judgment with education for technology, and we left moral training to the church as Germany did. We are now what defended our democracy against, and that is what we need to fight against, not the victims of this terrible mistake. Christianity without our past education for good moral judgment is a dangerous and ugly thing, just as Islam is when their education is focused on their holy book and does not include training in logic and the greater world.

The most horrible lie humans have ever created is the lie that their holy books are written by God/Allah and hold all the information people need to know. This lie and never learning the rules of high order thinking skills is destroying the progress we have made and the religious folks want to believe the problem is caused by a supernatural force of by "those people" not by their own ignorance of logic and ability to use it for good moral judgment.
 
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@Athena: I've long maintained there is more truth in one episode of "The Simpsons" than in every "holy book" ever written COMBINED.

The most horrible lie humans have ever created is the lie that their holy books are written by God/Allah and hold all the information people need to know. This lie and never learning the rules of high order thinking skills is destroying the progress we have made and the religious folks want to believe the problem is caused by a supernatural force of by "those people" not by their own ignorance of logic and ability to use it for good moral judgment.
"Amen" to your last sentence there...

Some religious people are told what to think, and that's all the farther that it needs to go.
Others will think about and question the situation. That is where progress happens.

Another thing I see wrong with some religious people is the distinction between:
a) Here's my religion and it tells me how I should live my life.
b) Here's my religion and it tells me how you should be living your lives.
Religious people who concentrate on b) are seriously missing the boat.

Also, when people of religion use their religion as a divisive tool. Assuming an air of arrogance against those who don't believe as they do, or have a difference of belief in some aspect of their general belief.
The bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of god.

Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

But some religious people use their bible to define other people's faults instead of understanding it's telling them how they should live their lives better.
 
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@Athena: I've long maintained there is more truth in one episode of "The Simpsons" than in every "holy book" ever written COMBINED.

I don't know, thanks to the Bible, just following the money management practices taught I have done darn well, I have no debt I have a very nice retirement, and 6 months of living expenses in a liquid emergency fund.

If you cook your food and store your food as stated in the bible, the likelihood of cross contamination by pathogens is greatly decreased.


Keep watching the Simpson, Butt muscle it is obvious that is the highest level of maturity level you have achieved
 
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I don't know, thanks to the Bible, just following the money management practices taught I have done darn well, I have no debt I have a very nice retirement, and 6 months of living expenses in a liquid emergency fund.

If you cook your food and store your food as stated in the bible, the likelihood of cross contamination by pathogens is greatly decreased.


Keep watching the Simpson, Butt muscle it is obvious that is the highest level of maturity level you have achieved
So which "money management practices" from the Bible were most lucrative to you?
 

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