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The Concerns of the Religious Right under a Trump Presidency

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Concerns of the Religious Right under a Trump Presidency

Collin Hansen, editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, says that many white evangelicals have “lost touch with their brothers and sisters of color.

Hansen says that after Donald Trump’s surprising win of the White House, exit polls showed that 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for him.

“I don’t know where we go from here, because this election has opened up a wound that will not be easily healed,” Hansen writes. “At just the time when minority concerns have found an audience via social media, the country has elected a president who uses that same media to belittle and threaten his critics, many of them minorities. What will Trump do with actual power and not just a Twitter account?”

Hansen also writes that many evangelical leaders voted for Trump, while their church attendees voted for Clinton, particularly if they were minorities or women.

“Who, exactly, are we “leaders” claiming to lead?” Hansen writes.

And while there is division and disconnect in the church, Hansen says he hopes Trump will nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice and that he will follow through on his promise of his pro-life platform.

“Perhaps such a Trump presidency will indeed provide the religious freedom a Clinton administration would have almost certainly curtailed. Perhaps a Trump White House with Vice President Mike Pence will advocate for a culture of life that protects our most vulnerable children made in the image of God. And, hopefully, a Trump-led Republican Party will listen to minority concerns and fears.”


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Publication date: November 10, 2016