Eugene Scott of the Washington Post had this bit of analysis this past weekend: “Trump says he’s fulfilled his promises to Christians, but he really means white evangelicals.”
The indelicate question
Once again that brings up the indelicate question: Why does the nation’s Left still obsess over skin color? Are we not supposed to judge people on the content of their character instead of some irrelevant physical attribute?
Take a look at the two lists of campaign promises from Scott’s article:
- To protect the unborn, I have reinstated a policy first put in place by President Ronald Reagan: the Mexico City Policy.
- To protect religious liberty, including protecting groups like this one, I signed a new executive action in a beautiful ceremony at the White House on our National Day of Prayer, which day we made official.
- Among many historic steps, the executive order followed through on one of my most important campaign promises to so many of you: to prevent the horrendous Johnson amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights.
- The Department of Justice issued a new guidance to all federal agencies to ensure that no religious group is ever targeted under my administration. Won’t happen.
Campaign promises yet to be fulfilled:
- In January 2016, Trump told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that he would “strongly consider” appointing conservative Supreme Court justices who would overturn rulings that legalized same-sex marriage in the country.
- Trump vowed during the campaign to nominate a Supreme Court justice who would help overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision.
- Trump campaigned to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an issue some pro-Israel evangelicals rallied behind.
- The Trump-Pence campaign vowed to defund Planned Parenthood “as long as they continue to perform abortions.”
Trump says he’s fulfilled his promises to Christians, but he really means white evangelicals – The Washington Post
President Trump promised that if he got to the White House, he would restore conservative Christians to the place of prominence in America that they believed had been lost during the Obama administration. I pledged that in a Trump administration our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before. An overwhelming number of white, evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent, according to exit poll results.
How is that about skin color?
Are those the exclusive purview of one particular group of Christians? How are the issues of protecting the unborn and religious liberty endemic to a skin color? Are there some black Christians who really want to lose their religious liberty? (Which raises the question…to gain what in return?)
The article does reference DACA, but in a strict sense, even that isn’t an issue exclusive to one group, except when liberals use religion to hammer it on our heads. To many that is simply an issue of the rule of law.
But let us harken back another time and another dreamer of 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Why isn’t that the ideal?
Why aren’t we striving for that future?
Punishing people for the crimes of others
Everyone should acknowledge that there were reprehensible injustices against people of physical characteristics, but that is primarily of the past. Attempting to punish others of the present will only serve to continue these injustices rather than assuage them.
Over the weekend, comedian and de facto moral authority Jimmy Kimmel made this chilling comment: “If they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence then, I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
Contrast that with King, Jr’s stirring speech from 1963 and this particular passage:
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
Shouldn’t we all be striving for that ideal?
The Takeaway: We lost the dream
Somewhere along the way we decided to ignore the dream envisioned by Martin Luther King, going back to judging people by the color of their skin and trying to shout people down instead of talking to them. The divisiveness of those types of cognitive habits tend to reinforce themselves.
If someone obsesses about certain meaningless physical attributes then that will perceive everything through that myopic lens. The same holds true for who do not want to rationally discuss the issues within the context of civil debate. Those that choose to stay within that kind of divisive echo chamber are doing themselves and the rest of the country a great disservice, and as the aphorism foretells: ‘It will not end well’.