Michael Gerson headlines his latest NeverTrump thoughts with, "The Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex."
But this agnostic hasn't lost his.
Politico interviewed the insufferably pious Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, who said his coven of evangelicals knew about Stormy Daniels, they knew that Trump was tomcatting around just after his wife had given birth, they knew of the hush money he had paid to a porn star, they knew about "the cursing, the lewdness and the litany of questionable behavior over the past year of Trump’s life or the 70 that came before it."
Their ruling? "You" — Mr. Trump — "get a do-over here."
And so my gagging commences.
(To be fair, a growing number of evangelicals have rethought Trump's endless do-overs. Notes Politico: "According to a Pew poll out in December, Trump’s support has dropped sharply among white evangelical Protestants, from 78 percent in February to 61 percent in December.)
Writes Gerson, not of just Perkins and Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. but of nearly all evangelical leaders and their corrupted flocks: "The level of cynicism here is startling. Some Christian leaders are surrendering the idea that character matters in public life in direct exchange for political benefits to Christians themselves. It is a political maneuver indistinguishable from those performed by business or union lobbyists every day. Only seedier. You scratch my back, I’ll wink at dehumanization and Stormy Daniels. The gag reflex is entirely gone."
Not from all of us.
Strange, is it not, that if Christianity is to be saved from its asphyxiating hypocrisy, it'll be saved mostly by the non-religious.