Two samples today. The first is from Susan M. Shaw is Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, from that reliable source of weak Liberalism, the Huffington Post:
"Even as evangelicals are now divided over the Republican presidential nominee, a handful of leaders and the majority of white evangelical voters still support Donald Trump. Surprisingly, many of them have abandoned the rhetoric of morals and values...Somehow, these conservative Christian leaders and voters still attempt to couch that maneuver in meaningful Christian theological and ethical language.
"As a former evangelical...I hope this division can lead to some much-needed soul-searching among evangelicals about who they are and what they should be doing in the world to live the good news they proclaim."
Somehow, they " attempt to couch that maneuver" in their old moralistic blabber.
The other reading for today comes from the ever-pathetic NPR:
"Quick: do you think politicians can still do their jobs if they've screwed up in their personal lives?
Many Americans answer this question differently now than they would have five years ago. And for white evangelical Protestants, it's especially likely their opinion has changed.
That's what a new PRRI/Brookings poll says. In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that "an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life." Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.
It's just one poll, but it does suggest a sizable shift in how Americans of several religious stripes think about the connection between morality and politics."
Still pretending that Evangelical Christianity is some sort of "religious stripe." Still pretending that any Evangelicals care about who they are, or about what they should be doing in the world, or to whom they give their allegiance.
Anyone, and I mean anyone, who really looks at things with open eyes can see that Evangelical Christianity is nothing but a sham religion, filled with people who don't give a damn about right and wrong, but still want to wrap themselves in the mantle of God. These people care no more about the morality of their leaders than they do about their own adherence to the words of Christ; they care about nothing but slaking their greed and stoking their own hatred. There is not a minute when they can be counted on to do the right thing. Their phony religion must be unmasked for the malicious farce it is, and all of the temporizing with this obvious fact, as found in the two examples above, only prolongs the time until we reckon with this miserable phenomenon, and end its ability to work its evil.
Enough. If there are decent, honorable religions in this world, Evangelical Christianity is not one of them. It is a vicious force in the world today, and the sooner we cease having any doubts about that fact, the sooner we can go about creating a world in which it no longer works constantly to turn our nation toward evil.