Yesterday, Donald Trump announced his badly misnamed “Religious Advisory Board” to provide advice on how to make America great again… at least for the evangelical Christians who don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.
Check out this list and tell me when the vomit stops:
Michele Bachmann – Former Congresswoman
A.R. Bernard – Senior Pastor and CEO, Christian Cultural Center
Mark Burns – Pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
Tim Clinton – President, American Association of Christian Counselors
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland – Founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
James Dobson – Author, Psychologist and Host, My Family Talk
Jerry Falwell, Jr. – President, Liberty University
Ronnie Floyd – Senior Pastor, Cross Church
Jentezen Franklin – Senior Pastor, Free Chapel
Jack Graham – Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Harry Jackson – Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Robert Jeffress – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas
David Jeremiah – Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Richard Land – President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
James MacDonald – Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Johnnie Moore – Author, President of The KAIROS Company
Robert Morris – Senior Pastor, Gateway Church
Tom Mullins – Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship
Ralph Reed – Founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition
James Robison – Founder, Life OUTREACH International
Tony Suarez – Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Jay Strack – President, Student Leadership University
Paula White – Senior Pastor, New Destiny Christian Center
Tom Winters – Attorney, Winters and King, Inc.
Sealy Yates – Attorney, Yates and Yates
And I thought President Obama was bad for not including a Humanist in his advisory group… Trump doesn’t bother stepping outside a very narrow Christian bubble.
“I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President,” Trump said in a statement.
Evangelicals first. All Americans second. (Mexicans last, I assume.)
To be sure, everyone on that list only promised to provide council even if they don’t necessarily support Trump, and a couple of the names on that list have publicly criticized him. (There are a number of prominent conservative Christians who have done that.) But that’s still a group of people known for their anti-gay, anti-women, anti-anyone-but-themselves stances. It’s not a brain trust by any means.
“Religious freedom” for these people means they have to win and everyone else has to lose. Government neutrality on religion would be a slap in the face to them.
Fred Clark has an interesting take on the list, saying it’s full of has-beens hoping for more glory and current “leaders” just hopping along for the ride, among others.
Either way, if these people have any input into a Trump presidency, it means everyone outside the Evangelical Bubble has good reason to vote for Hillary Clinton. At least she’s not going to use the White House to promote her faith.