During a segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, reporter Stephanie Ruhle spoke with a number of white evangelical pastors in Texas about Donald Trump‘s policy of ripping children away from parents who have illegally crossed the border.
While they expressed dismay at the situation, none dared to criticize Trump himself. (Wouldn’t want to upset the Savior now, would we?) One of them even denied that the situation was even happening.
North Carolina Pastor Mike Jones questioned whether the images of children in detention centers were real.
“I don’t believe it,” he told Ruhle. “I think it’s all a big lie. Like I said, I don’t think that’s happening. I don’t think that the people who are so-called being separated are what the news is portraying them to be.”
What is it with people names Jones embracing conspiracy theories…?
To believe that would mean accepting a coordinated lie from every single news outlet covering the story, every reporter doing the same, and hundreds of crisis actors taking jobs from hard-working white Americans. (The voice actors ProPublica found for that horrific audio of children screaming were extremely talented.)
Other pastors took Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ lead, citing Romans 13 about how God grants authority to governments, so we must obey them. (Though I don’t remember any pastor citing that verse during the Obama presidency.)
Ruhle also noted the blatant hypocrisy of the “pro-life” crowd near the end:
“The point that is pretty hypocritical,” Ruhle added, “for these pastors that talk so much about the most important thing is pro-life, it’s stunning that they’re willing to say that about unborn children, but they’re not willing to consider these children who are being torn from their mothers and have no idea when they’ll see them again.”
“When you think about the welfare of a child, it should possibly never begin or end,” she concluded.
This is what white evangelicals are now known for, isn’t it? They care all about babies before they’re born, and they don’t give a damn about them a second later.