1. Georgia Sam says

    One report I heard said that SC evangelicals were rationalizing their support of Trump by saying “We’re electing a president, not a pastor.” That may just be anecdotal.

  2. Menyambal says

    A lot of evangelicals forget that when Jesus was rebuking the sinners, he was talking about religious people. He didn’t worry so much about the non-religious, it was the priests and the money-changers, the Scribes and the Pharisees that got the whip of cords. Taking the Lord’s name in vain isn’t about swearing, it’s claiming to be Christian while being the opposite of Christlike, and using religion to hurt and to oppress.

  3. tbp1 says

    Counting from when it started as a cartoon the Yale student newspaper, Doonesbury has been going almost 50 years, with a couple of hiatuses. It’s still funny, still relevant, and still insightful. Pretty amazing.

  4. Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says

    Wouldn’t Palin be better for sloth? She’s never met a job she couldn’t quit part way through.

  5. magistramarla says

    I read a commentary in The Daily Kos that seems to answer this question.
    Trump is channeling all of the hatred, anger and fear that the evangelicals are feeling.
    They are so blinded by that hatred, anger and fear that they aren’t even thinking about those traits that should disqualify him in their eyes.

  6. zetopan says

    Why would anyone rational expect the idiot evangelicals to behave rationally? Their consistency is their inconsistency.

  7. abelundercity says

    Trump’s rhetorical style is so lazy, accompanied by his incurious thought process, that I think we’ve got Sloth covered as well.

  8. robertschenck says

    I’m sorry but, are we supposed to want these guys to vote their “values”? ‘Cause whenever they have in the past we’ve kinda freaked out about that. Sure, Trump is horrible, but now we’re pretending Cruz is better?

    Also doesn’t this argument about values apply pretty strongly to the left now too?

  9. robertschenck says

    Also, even if Trump is garbage, shouldn’t we be glad that now there’s a secular candidate in the GOP? If the party moves away from overtly religious candidates and starts relying more on its atheist/gamer gate type of supporters, then at least it moves the public discourse in that respect.

  10. Lady Mondegreen says

    If Trump asks Carson to be his VP, the Repubs will have all the deadly sins covered.

    So what else is new?

  11. thebookofdave says


    It may be anecdotal, but it’s also common. The same people say of their pastors: “follow his advice, just don’t leave him alone with your daughter,” and “he may be Godly, but he’s also human.” Committing trust blindly and rationalizing their leaders’ abuse of it is a time honored tradition of evangelicals. On second thought, it’s not even limited to religious communities.

  12. says

    For some reason, this reminds me of a Japanese folktale.

    There was a tiny shrine along a mountain path, inhabited by a god who lived in a statue.

    One day, an atheist came through and thought the shrine was so silly that he knocked over the statue and broke it. Then he walked on his way.

    A few hours later, a monk came along and was horribly shocked, and set the statue upright and did the best he could to repair it, and prayed before walking away.

    The spirits of the mountain met with the god and said “aren’t you going to punish the atheist for desecrating your shrine?”

    The god said “no, if there will be punishment, it will be the monk who is punished, because the atheist will not know he is being punished.”

  13. Menyambal says

    Getting Carson involved would bring in a bunch more sinners. Several bloggers are making the case that Ben Carson’s campaign is a money-making scheme for all his “helpers”. Ben himself seems to be the unwitting figurehead.

  14. Georgia Sam says

    Good comment. It reminded me of another saying I’ve heard in the Bible belt: “too heavenly minded to be of much earthly use”