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Exhibit One: Onward Christian Soldiers

Christianity Today has run into some controversy by commenting editorially on the impeachment of President Trump. Some quarters dismissed the editorial by consigning the magazine to a “group” and didn’t even bother to note any of the editorial’s points. This is a much easier way of dismissing something than actually having to analyze the content. As a public service, which is what this Museum is dedicated to, let’s review some of what was written:

“In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.” […]

[…] “The President's failure to tell the truth—even when cornered—rips at the fabric of the nation. This is not a private affair. For above all, social intercourse is built on a presumption of trust: trust that the milk your grocer sells you is wholesome and pure; trust that the money you put in your bank can be taken out of the bank; trust that your babysitter, firefighters, clergy, and ambulance drivers will all do their best. And while politicians are notorious for breaking campaign promises, while in office they have a fundamental obligation to uphold our trust in them and to live by the law.” […]

[…] “Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.”[…]

Strong stuff there but as the editorial then notes:

[…] “Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.” […]

After the reaction to the Editorial the Magazine wrote this:

[…] “Similarly, this is neither a criticism of the evangelical Trump voter nor an endorsement of the Democrats. The 2016 election confronted evangelical voters with an impossible dilemma: Vote for a pro-choice candidate whose policies would advance so much of what we oppose, or vote for an extravagantly immoral candidate who could well damage the standing of the republic and the witness of the church. Countless men and women we hold in the highest regard voted for President Trump, some wholeheartedly and some reluctantly. Friends we love and respect have also counseled and worked within the Trump administration. We believe they are doing their best to serve wisely in a fallen world.

We nevertheless believe the evangelical alliance with this presidency has done damage to our witness here and abroad. The cost has been too high. American evangelicalism is not a Republican PAC. We are a diverse movement that should collaborate with political parties when prudent but always standing apart, at a prophetic distance, to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the conscience of the state.” That is what we believe. This is where we plant our flag. We know we are not alone.” […]

Both the original editorial and the later response are on the web at Christianity Today in full. One can agree or not, but they are thoughtful heartfelt Christian responses to the news of the day that deserve more than the casual labeling of the kind that leads to book burnings.

Exhibit Two: Evangelicals for Trump

John Fea; Opinion contributor USA Today

“ ‘Evangelicals for Trump' was an awful display by supposed citizens of the Kingdom of God

Trump mocked his enemies, trafficked in half-truths, instilled fear and expressed zero humility. My fellow evangelicals loved every minute of it.

I have spent my entire adult life in the evangelical community. I had a born-again experience when I was 16 and never looked back. I teach history at a Christian college with evangelical roots. As a historian, I study American evangelicalism.

But I have never seen anything like what I witnessed as I watched President Donald Trump speak to a few thousand of his evangelical supporters at King Jesus International Ministry, a largely Hispanic megachurch in Miami, during the kickoff to his “Evangelicals for Trump” campaign.

It is no coincidence that this rally took place two weeks after Christianity Today, the historic voice of moderate evangelicalism, called for Trump’s removal from office. The magazine’s editor, Mark Galli, described the president's character as “grossly immoral” and warned his fellow evangelicals that their ardent support was damaging to their Christian witness.”

Sarah Posner in Huffpost:

[…]this effort is concerted, multifaceted and highly organized. Numerous high-profile evangelicals regularly depict impeachment as a disruption of God’s plan for America to be governed by Christians in accord with “biblical” values.[…]

[…]Impeachment is merely the weapon that the secular, satanic left is wielding to carry out its broader pro-abortion, anti-religious-liberty agenda, which requires the removal of Trump, the savior of Christian America, all to keep the persecution of Christians going at full throttle[…]

The Museum feels that perhaps Franklin Graham needs to tread a little more carefully because he of all people should know that his father is watching.

Exhibit Three: The Fifth Column

Yoni Appelbaum at the Atlantic:

“Trump has led his party to this dead end, and it may well cost him his chance for reelection, presuming he is not removed through impeachment. But the president’s defeat would likely only deepen the despair that fueled his rise, confirming his supporters’ fear that the demographic tide has turned against them. That fear is the single greatest threat facing American democracy, the force that is already battering down precedents, leveling norms, and demolishing guardrails. When a group that has traditionally exercised power comes to believe that its eclipse is inevitable, and that the destruction of all it holds dear will follow, it will fight to preserve what it has—whatever the cost.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) January 31, 2020

There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a mountain of overwhelming evidence.

Senator Lisa Murkowski:

"The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena."

   "Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don't believe the continuation of this process will change anything. It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed."

justMike Comment: Jan 31,2020:

Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.

   -Richard Nixon (1977- David Frost Interview.)

Vindicated! Thank you Donald Trump!

    -Richard Nixon (2020- Dante Alighieri Interview.)

At the Exit:: Climate Change

   As reported in several sources James Arena a real estate broker and resident of Briny Breezes, the 43-acre coastal town just south of Boynton Beach that’s made up entirely of a mobile home park, would like to sell it to President Trump.  Arena, an avid Trump supporter, says he thinks he can convince the president to buy the land and turn it into a personal monument. The asking Price? 1 billion dollars. Arena said he has the ball rolling by reaching out to his friend, rapper and Palm Beach County resident Vanilla Ice, who is close to the Trump family. Briny Breezes is sandwiched between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and Arena said the town’s landowners have little choice but to sell because of major infrastructural issues due to rising sea levels, involving the town’s seawall, freshwater pipes and sewer system that are prohibitively expensive for residents to fix.


Unkwil

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