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Donald Trump, Christianity & Religion

What is he saying and doing with respect to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. And how do they feel about him?

Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?

Anything that replaces the worship of God is idolatry.

Charlottesville puts Trump on the brink: US President increasingly isolated as Christians, generals and staffers cond...

Donald Trump's grip on the presidency appeared to be slipping today as some white evangelicals joined two senior military generals and a series of White House staffers in condemning him over his disastrous handling of the Charlottesville violence.

White evangelicals are being criticised on race – but Billy Graham showed the way

One of the world's greatest evangelists showed how it was possible to overcome the prejudices and assumptions of early upbringing.

Imported Charlottesville clergy: When a simple narrative overtakes the complex facts

Everyone is doing their Charlottesville post-mortems, which is why I was
interested in what the New Yorker had to say about how church leaders there
prepared for white supremacists.

The local clergy, and visiting clergy, played a crucial role in this story
and many reporters made little or no effort to separate this group of
counter-protesters from the highly confrontational, and ultimately violent,
Antifa crowd that came in from outside.

That brings us to this New Yorker piece. What I didn't expect was a
romanticized version of local clergy activism and a de-emphasis on the
amount of outside clergy reinforcements brought in to maintain that false
impression. The key facts: What clergy took part? Who didn't join the
protests? Why? Where are the other voices?

The story begins at a historic black school where a few hundred of the
town’s residents gather to assess exactly what happened on their streets to
cause three people to die there during the recent riots.

One of the local leaders at the school was instantly recognizable to
everybody: a sixty-five-year-old reverend named Alvin Edwards. When
Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, came to town on Sunday, he
went directly to a service at the Mt. Zion First African Baptist
Church, which is Edwards’s congregation. He’s been there for the past
thirty-six years, and during that time he’s also served as the city’s
mayor and as a member of its school board. His years in politics have
only seemed to strengthen his ties to his parishioners, and he likes to
joke, with folksy charm, about his “B.C. days” -- before Christ -- when
he lived in Illinois, where he grew up with plans “to make money and to
be an industrial engineer.” Edwards marched with the counter-protesters
over the weekend, but these days he’s best known for founding a broad
coalition of local faith leaders called the Charlottesville Clergy
Collective.

The article goes on to describe how the Collective got wind of an upcoming
Ku Klux Klan visit and decided to hold a counter rally. Two of the major
churches involved were Mt. Zion and St. Paul’s Episcopal.

White Supremacy and Orthodox Christianity: A Dangerous Connection Rears Its Head in Charlottesville

When I first wrote about the growing popularity of Eastern Orthodox Christianity among those on the far-right for Religion Dispatches in November of last year, I was regularly told that Matthew Heimbach’s excommunication from the Orthodox Church was the end of the problem. They told me that in making connections between the so-called alt-right and Orthodoxy I was overreacting.

DeVos calls views of white nationalists ‘totally abhorrent’

Making no mention of President Donald Trump, the education secretary calls neo-Nazi views “cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong.”

Jewish Republicans reject Trump's take on Charlottesville violence

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, would not say whether members plan any further steps to warn the president.

Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

A group of alumni from one of the nation's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders may see their role differently.

U.S. generals lead unprecedented revolt against Trump, their commander in chief

Army brass know that if every black soldier quit in protest over Donald Trump’s comments, the U.S. military would collapse

Republican Jewish Coalition breaks with Trump on Charlottesville, asks for ‘greater moral clarity’

The RJC was the latest Trump ally to distance itself from the president in the wake of his response to the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally.

Can the Catholic Church Survive Trump?

There’s a danger for any institution that allies itself too closely with any given political party, a hazard that’s pronounced in the age of Trump, as the raw racial animus at his core becomes impossible to ignore for even those who were determined to avert their gaze.

Does Romans 13 give Donald Trump authority to 'take out' Kim Jong Un?

Jeffress appears to have particularly in mind Paul's commendation of 'the one in authority': 'He is God's servant, an angel of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.'

Robert Jeffress: I didn't say 'God ordained President Trump to nuke North Korea' - but he can use force

Controversial pastor and Trump-ally Robert Jeffress has clarified widely criticised comments he made about God's support for US military action against North Korea, insisting he wasn't saying 'God ordained President Trump to nuke North Korea.'

Anglican Bishop launches scathing attack on 'lying, amoral' Donald Trump - and the 'Christian Right' for backing him

An Anglican Bishop has launched a scathing attack on the 'narcissistic amorality' of 'lying' Donald Trump, along with the American 'Christian Right' for failing to recognise the president's traits before he was elected last November.

White supremacy angers Jesus, says Russell Moore, calls it 'terrorism, Satanism and devil worship'

Leading US evangelical and Southern Baptist Russell Moore has offered blistering critique of white supremacy following the events at Charlottesville, calling the ideology 'terrorism, Satanism and devil worship.'

No, Trump does not have 'authority from God' to attack North Korea, says Texas Catholic priest

A Texas Catholic priest has contradicted the Texas Baptist pastor and adviser to Donald Trump, Robert Jeffress, who controversially claimed earlier this week that the President has been given 'authority by God' to use nuclear force against North Korea.

'May God change hearts': Evangelical groups call on Christians to pray for peace in Korean Peninsula

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), along with the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches, have called on churches to observe tomorrow as 'Sunday of prayer for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.'

Perspective | Russell Moore: White supremacy angers Jesus, but does it anger his church?

We are part of a church — united not by blood-and-soil nationalism but by the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ.

Evangelical Advisers Condemn Charlottesville Rally More Than Trump

Christian leaders name the evil behind this weekend's violence.

Charlottesville and Your Church's Response

Silence on matters of hatred and bigotry is antithetical to the gospel.

The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Inherently Evil

No earthly leader gets the ‘authority to do whatever.’

Evangelicals, Trump and the politics of redemption

(RNS) — 'Today, far too many evangelical Christians are tools of the Trump presidency,' Peter Wehner writes in a commentary.

Trump's evangelical advisers request meeting with Pope Francis after Vatican-backed criticism

Evangelical advisers to Donald Trump are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after criticism from the Vatican directed at the White House and at the political leanings of American Catholics.

Guilt by association: Pastor to Cabinet officials gets trashed by The Los Angeles Times

There’s been chatter this past week about Bible studies at the White House,
thanks to a Christian Broadcasting Network story calling President Donald
Trump’s advisors “the most evangelical Cabinet in history.”

Looking for a local angle, the Los Angeles Times found one in the person of
the Rev. Ralph Drollinger.

Now, Drollinger had been mentioned in a very similar CBN story back in
April. This time around, however, a Washington correspondent for the Times
realized that one of the people in CBN’s story sounded awfully familiar. He
wrote the following:

News from the Christian Broadcasting Network that members of President
Trump’s Cabinet are attending Bible study sessions together didn’t come
as such a shock in Washington.

The shock was who is teaching them.

That teacher, Pastor Ralph Drollinger, is well known to some members in
the California congressional delegation -- and not just because he is a
7-foot-1 former UCLA basketball star. He is the evangelical spiritual
leader who once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female
politicians with young children have no business serving in the
Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners.

Before we go, may we remind the Times that the Associated Press-approved
way to refer to clergy on the first reference is as “the Rev.,” not
“Pastor.” Maybe the reporter wouldn’t know such niceties but someone on the
copy desk should have.