The religious right, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to rally around an avowed sexual predator, racist, and possible traitor. Their embrace of Trump, who is the antithesis of a “good Christian,” reveals the hollow hypocrisy at the core of many of these religious leaders.
Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen’s failure to open his 16,800 person capacity church to Hurricane Harvey evacuees yesterday was one such disgusting display of heartlessness from the religious right. He was eventually shamed into opening it, but his initial failure to act speaks volumes.
Now, we see another example of the utter moral depravity of these so-called Christians. Televangelist Jim Bakker just appeared on his show and threatened a “civil war” if Trump is impeached.
“If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows because we are going to be shut up permanently if we’re not careful,” Bakker said.
Bakker is a convicted criminal who engaged mail and wire fraud, as well as conspiracy. Once he got out of prison, he went right back to his snake oil salesman ways. He’s a corrupt, hypocritical, hateful man. In other words, he’s a perfect voice for the religious right.
Bakker’s violent comments come as increasing calls for Trump’s impeachment sweep the nation. Each passing week brings new, damning revelations about connections between the Trump Team and Russia. Special counsel Robert Mueller is slowly moving towards the truth, and Trump’s bigoted base is terrified.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.