The political left discovers Christian virtue
In the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, the so-called Christian Identity movement has consisted of skinheads cloaking themselves in pseudo-Christian nonsense.
In her letter “Jesus was a refugee” (Aspen Times, Commentary, Jan. 31), Aspen’s Lynette Gregory does no less.
Claiming to be a “committed Christian,” Gregory rues how Donald Trump “courted” and “masterfully manipulated” the Evangelical vote in order to gain power. Let’s examine this.
According to a 2004 Pew survey, 23.6 percent of roughly 319 million Americans identify as Evangelicals. Not all of them are white, but reliable exit polling has revealed that four out of five white Evangelicals cast their votes for Trump. Do the math.
Somehow, Trump conned up to 60 million Christian Americans into supporting him, even though in Gregory’s eyes Trump clearly doesn’t have a Christian bone in his body since he won’t throw open America’s doors to refugees from unstable, anti-Western societies. What ignorant, shallow chumps these Evangelicals must be! And what an amazing charm offensive by a coarse billionaire with orange hair, who opens his bible and quotes “Two Corinthians”!
I happen to be a Catholic, but even among my most liberal, “social justice,” Democrat-voting fellow parishioners, I’d have a hard time finding people as condescending toward and contemptuous of their Evangelical brothers and sisters as Gregory is.
As for her shopworn claim that Jesus sojourned in Egypt as a refugee, according to Matthew, so what? He was under the age of 2 at the time and in the company of loving parents who had no particular axe to grind with Egyptian society — not an uprooted, unaccompanied 19-year-old whose childhood was steeped in violence and disapproval of Western ways.
As to how Jesus might conduct American policy, I’m not going there. Nor should Lynette Gregory.