Donald Trump and the end of the religious right

Despite heated opposition, Donald Trump continues to gobble up delegates on his march to the GOP nomination. Fittingly, much of the pushback has come from religious conservatives. A walking caricature of Luther’s advice to Melanchthon—“sin boldly”—Trump boasts about things Christians are supposed to confess and reject. The idea that he could represent the interests of believers is alternately puzzling and laughable. But so far the pushback has mostly failed. And Jonathan Merritt…

The dumbest reason for Christians to back Trump

If you’re curious how Christians tilt in the current presidential contest, CNN’s Daniel Burke has done us a favor. He’s identified seven types of evangelical voters, how they lean, and why. The “old guard” go Cruz, for instance, while “influencers” go Rubio. But what about Trump? Two groups seem nuts for Donald. The first Burke calls “cultural evangelicals.” Though raised in Christian homes and still self-identifying as such, religion doesn’t play a…

Donald Trump and his toy sacraments

It says something about the state of America that Donald Trump could be running what looks like a serious bid for the White House. I say “looks like” because it’s all a farce. There are few people so ontologically unserious as Donald Trump. All he’s missing is the red-and-white face paint and the blue wig. The Donald has juggled a lot of sharp objects while standing and waving in the center ring,…