Sorry to all my Evangelical Christian friends, but it is true.
Since this form of Protestantism has a built in way out based on its structural granularity, so most evangelical Christians can say, “Oh, that’s not me, that’s not my church, that’s the other guy,” most of you (talking to the Evangelicals here) will believe for a time that you are not tarnished by your religious leaders sidling up to a man who appears by all accounts to be a sex abuser, thief, and general asshat. But you don’t really get to do that.
Imagine for a moment an alternative universe where Evangelical Christians were part of the mainstream Catholic Church instead of spread all around hiding under various and sundry rocks. Then, imagine that instead of Billy Bush it was The Pope on that bus. Imagine if The Pope totally sidled up to Donald Trump, chuckled when he talked about sexual assault, made public excuses for his hateful racist and sexist behavior, and all of that. And all the Catholics went along with this. Then, all the Catholics would be tainted. The next time a Catholic offered some sanctimonious prayer at a family gathering, or noted on the local neighborhood social networking site, “Good Catholic seeking spare furniture for friend,” or spoke out with reference to their own religion at a public meeting or came to the school board to ask the local middle school to provide a “campus” for their fake church, or used their religion to facilitate anything or cajole anyone, how would they would be regarded? As hypocrites, untrustworthy, annoying. They would be seen as members of a fake religion that pretends to be moral but is in fact entirely pernicious.
But since the Evangelicals are dispersed among myriad churches most of you think you can get away with being an Evangelical Christian while at the same time almost all of the leading Evangelicals embrace Trump. The structure of your religion builds in an excuse. You think.
But sorry, it doesn’t and you can’t do that. We are not letting you do that. People of religions not embracing Trump, and people of no religion at all, will from now on hold you in contempt. Your doing. You paid for this, supported this, failed to speak out or even turn away. And now, the rotten immoral core of your fake religion, which was there all along, is revealed for what it is.
Now, I know many individuals, maybe even most, who consider themselves to be Evangelical Christians are not themselves immoral and rotten to the core. Some of my best friends are perfectly fine people who for some reason count themselves as Evangelical Christians, and they are in fact fine people. So don’t yell at me for saying that. I never said that. But, your religion sucks, and at even the most basic organizational level it sucks, and at the higher level where you recognize and rely on for your political and social power, if not your daily teachings, it really really sucks. And this has been known for decades. If you didn’t know yourself you should have. It is your responsibility to not support a movement that condones sexual assault, rape, racism, attacks on the needy, attacks on the environment. But you failed to do so and for this you’ll be shunned.
If there was a hell you’d be going there too, perhaps, depending on the exact rules. But there isn’t so you get off easy on that one.
By the way, for the record, Donald Trump screwing a porn star who willingly went to bed with him is probably the absolute least of our worries, and is possibly the least objectionable thing he ever did. But, the moral majority would take this sort of thing, had a black man or a non-Christian or a Liberal done it, and resoundingly condemn. So there’s your irony I leave it for you to take the rest of the day to unpack it.