Social conservatives and evangelical Christians are captives of the Republican Party, primarily because the Democrats are unwilling to bend on the issues that are important to this constituency.
They’re four-square for traditional marriage–you know, Dick and Jane instead of Dick and John–want to infuse public institutions with as much religion as they can get away with, and are dead set against abortion. They’re also big supporters of charter schools, where their children can be safe from evolution and sex education.
These positions get them a cold shoulder from Democrats and a sympathetic hearing from Republicans, who let them have their way with the party platform and then do little about the social issues that concern conservatives the rest of the time.
So values voters and fundamentalist Christians have two basic choices this election year–sit out the election or support Donald Trump. The idea that Hillary Clinton–a supporter of the right to an abortion and (just as bad) Planned Parenthood– might actually become president has made the choice for them.
Although many social values leaders are reluctant to do so, they have signed-up with Trump, willing to look past his three marriages, his admitted adultery, his irreverence in referring to Holy Communion as “having my little cracker,” and his inability to ask God for forgiveness, which he said he has never done.
A survey taken by The Wall Street Journal suggests this decision might not be as radical as it might appear to the casual observer. According to the survey, only 38 per cent of fundamentalist who support Trump attend church regularly, compared to 56 percent of social conservatives and 43 percent of the Republican establishment.
Trump’s supporters also divorce at a higher rate than Godless atheists, have higher incidences of premarital sex and sexually transmitted diseases, and are more likely to be involved in domestic violence.
They apparently have more in common with The Donald than we thought.
SELLING PAPERS: When critics of newspaper think they are sensationalizing the news, they sneer at such efforts as “just trying to sell papers.” That charge certainly applies to Rupert Murdoch, who never lets his political views get in the way of making a dollar.
Murdoch, the creator of Fox News who is never bashful about expressing his conservative views, also owns the New York Post, whose Sunday front page is featured above. Murdoch’s operatives managed to get a hold of decades-old pictures of Melanie Trump displaying her assets and could have easily buried them–after all, his guy Trump has enough problems as it is. But there are papers to be sold and money to be made.