Why do right-wing evangelicals, who for years have insisted that they comprise a "moral majority" or are "values voters," so blindly follow President Donald Trump, a man who's obviously biblically illiterate and whose behavior hardly sets a high moral benchmark worthy of emulation?
Part of the reason is that Trump gives the far right what it wants, and as long as he continues to do that, this allegedly "moral" movement that is usually so quick to judge others is clamming up.
But there may be another reason. A new book, The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography, by David Brody, a reporter for TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, and Scott Lamb, a Southern Baptist minister, asserts that Trump is among the "elect": that is, he was chosen by God to do divine work in the realm of politics.
John Nassivera, a former college professor in Vermont, recently reviewed the book for the Montpelier Times Argus. Nassivera called the tome "disturbing"--in part because Brody and Lamb are quick to dismiss Trump's character issues.
"They also, in a typical apologist fashion, are willing to admit that Trump has his flaws," Nassivera observed. "But this is not a problem, since in their way of thinking God often uses imperfect vessels to fill the world with his will. If it sounds like...