Donald Trump’s Attack On Russell Moore Failed

Russell Moore
Russell Moore

Donald Trump attacked popular evangelical leader Russell Moore,  president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

It was a huge failure.

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Moore replied with a tweet saying “Sad”, following it up with a Bible reference, to 1 Kings 18:17-19. The passage describes an encounter between Elijah and King Ahab, in which the prophet tells the king he has “abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals” and challenges Ahab to bring his prophets of Baal and Asherah to a showdown on Mount Carmel.  The context does not end well for the pagans; Elijah is victorious and they are all killed. Ahab dies in battle and his wife Jezebel is eaten by dogs.  CT

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” Moore said he agreed with Trump. “I am a nasty guy with no heart, which is why I need forgiveness of sins and redemption through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Dr. Russell Moore is the theologian and ethicist who heads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Presumably Trump was responding to Moore’s critiques of Trump. On Sunday, Moore complained about conservative silence in the face of Trump’s “reality television moral sewage.”

“What we have in the Donald Trump phenomenon is an embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem,” he said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” In a weekend op-ed in The New York Times on the importance of racial reconciliation, he had some digs at racist supporters of Trump. He’s been expressing concern, as an evangelical, about the rise of Trump since early in the race.

So that’s the context for Trump’s tweet. Here’s why it failed.

It failed for 3 reasons:

(1) Trump’s Insult Game

The insults might not be charitable. Sometimes they might be deeply unfair. But they do have an air of truth. But point in fact Russell Moore is a wonderful representative of evangelicals and all the good they stand for. His outreach to journalists and other non-Christians (I kid, I kid) has been legendary, and his ability to explain orthodox Christianity to hostile crowds is a godsend. And, far from being nasty or having no heart, he is unfailingly kind and generous. I’m sure there are plenty of people who have their political and theological differences with Moore. But the idea that he’s not a good representative for evangelicals or is nasty is just so completely unfounded as to be laughable. Read full article at the  Federalist

Republican US Presidential Hopefuls On The Bathroom Law

Donald Trump claims “very few problems” and “there have been very few complaints the way it is.”

Dipping into a contentious issue by taking a stand many Republicans oppose, Mr. Trump told a town­hall­style event, hosted by NBC’s “Today” show at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, that when people go to the restroom, they should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”

“North Carolina did something — it was very strong — and they’re paying a big price,” Mr. Trump said. “And there’s a lot of problems. And I heard — one of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is, right now.”

He added that before the law passed, there had been “very few problems” but now North Carolina is experiencing an exodus of businesses and “strife” from people on both sides of the issue.

“You leave it the way it is,” he said. “There have been very few complaints the way it is.” New York Times

Convicted Sex Offender Was Behind Charlotte, NC’s Boys-In-the-Girls Bathroom Law

Illinois School District Settles With Feds To Allow Transgender Boy To Shower In Girls’  Locker Room

Texas Supreme Court Suspends Houston “Bathroom Bill”

University of Toronto Alters Gender-neutral Bathroom Policy After Two Reports Of Voyeurism

Allowing Men In Womens’ Restrooms Flush Safety Of Girls And Women (watch the video on this page and decide for yourself)

Senator Ted Cruz  full response to Trumps support of grown men using women’s restrooms.

“Donald Trump is no different from politically correct leftist elites. Today, he joined them in calling for grown men to be allowed to use little girls’ public restrooms. As the dad of young daughters, I dread what this will mean for our daughters – and for our sisters and our wives. It is a reckless policy that will endanger our loved ones.”…

CRUZ: Well, a part of it, Glenn, this is not complicated to make the case… Most people know this intuitively and, as you know, my daughters are five and eight. My five-year-old knows the difference between boys and girls. You’ve got the Obama education department suing to try to force junior highs to let teenage boys shower with teenage girls.

BECK: Oh my gosh.

CRUZ : That’s crazy. It’s just, that’s not a reasonable position. It is simply crazy. The idea that grown men would be allowed alone in a bathroom with little girls… you don’t need to be a behavioral psychologist to realize bad things can happen and any prudent person wouldn’t allow that. It is only the lunacy of political correctness –if he had fired Curt Schilling—for making the rather obvious point, that we shouldn’t allow grown adult men strangers alone in a bathroom with little girls… That’s a point anyone who is rational should understand.

BECK: I will tell you that we always hear from the left on gun control… if it would just save one person then we should do it. If this would just save one little girl from being molested by a heterosexual pervert, we should do it.

CRUZ: Glenn, I was the Solicitor General of Texas for five and a half years. I handled case after case after case of child molesters, of pedophiles, of people who abused little kids. These are serious issues and when you deal with people who are repulsive perverts and criminals… there are some bad people in the world and we shouldn’t be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown adult men. That is just a bad, bad, bad idea.

Most Evangelicals Don’t Vote Trump

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Numbers tell a different story than news headlines.

The dominant media narrative is that Donald Trump continues to win the evangelical vote, and this storyline persists despite strong evidence to the contrary. Perhaps the intense media focus on evangelical leaders who support Trump, such as Jerry Falwell Jr., helps sustain this misleading account in spite of the fact that more mainstream evangelical leaders, such as Russell Moore and Max Lucado, have denounced Donald Trump. Regardless of the stance of evangelical leaders, what are “rank and file” evangelicals actually doing once they enter the voting booth?

In the March 1 “Super Tuesday” races, Trump failed to win a majority of evangelicals in any southern state and lost more than half of evangelicals, on average, overall. A look at the second Super Tuesday from March 15 reveals similar results with a couple of surprises. The bottom line is that a majority of evangelicals are still backing candidates other than Trump. In Missouri, the most religiously active voters are supporting non-Trump alternatives with numbers as high as 70 percent…

Jacksonian first, evangelical second

Despite the fact that a majority of evangelicals do not support Trump, it’s still fair to ask why even a steady minority of evangelicals are voting for him given the disjuncture between Trump’s personal and public morality versus the common evangelical focus on the importance of personal morality and integrity. One strong possibility here is that this may be a classic case of correlation rather than causation. That is to say, evangelical Trump voters may “happen” to be evangelical but they are not necessarily voting for Trump “because” they are evangelical. Rather, a third factor might be driving the phenomenon instead. More specifically, there is evidence to suggest that Trumpism is not an evangelical phenomenon at all, but rather a Jacksonian one. Walter Russell Meade first offered this explanation along with Steve Inskeep and others.

Jacksonians are largely highly nationalistic blue collar voters who despise Wall Street bankers and Washington elites. There is a long historical precedent for Jacksonian voters periodically rising up in anger and disrupting the political equilibrium, as was seen with Andrew Jackson himself, William Jennings Bryan, and to a lesser extent, Ross Perot. Most of the exit poll data suggests that evangelicals, per se, are not driving Trump’s success; Jacksonians are.

What confuses the media is that Jacksonians also happen to live in blue collar southern and midwestern communities where nominal evangelicals are more likely to also reside. It is highly likely that many evangelical Trump voters are Jacksonians first and foremost and only adopt the evangelical label as an afterthought. Their evangelical label is likely then a vague cultural affiliation rather than an indicator of deeply held religious beliefs and behaviors. Full 2 page article at CP