Okay, Domenec didn’t say it quite that way. Here’s what he did say:
- Ever since the 1980s and the Moral Majority, evangelicals have been loyal to the Republican Party, giving their votes in return for promises on abortion, family, and other arenas of policy which promised them protection for their churches and their priorities…. Some evangelicals now believe this approach is a failure at best, and a lie at worst. On the one hand, that inspires a desire for revenge—on the other, for just walking away. Both tendencies aid the Trump phenomenon.
Having lost the fight over public religious displays, decency in music and film, abortion, and now same-sex marriage, the religious right-wing is now fighting a battle over religious liberty—which is being framed as the right to not go along with what we don’t agree with.
If I don’t agree with a law requiring my company to pay for contraceptives for my employees, I shouldn’t have to pay it. If I don’t agree with the morality of same-sex marriage, I shouldn’t have to bake a cake for a same-sex couple or photograph their wedding. If I want to pray in front of my students in a public school, I should be able to. If the majority living in a county or city want public displays of the Ten Commandments or only Christian prayers at public meetings, they should get what they want. Isn’t that what the First Amendment guarantees? If the Constitution can be used to protect atheists, Satanists, and Muslims, why can’t it protect us?
Not only do many Christians feel on the losing side of the culture wars, but they are now being cast as the bad guys in those wars. They are the haters, the bigots, the politically incorrect. And the one person standing out loudly against political correctness is the person for whom they will cast their vote—Donald Trump.
I have a response to these Christians, but it’s a long one. I wrote a whole book about it. I just finished updating that book and hope to have it ready for purchase sometime next week. Here is a brief excerpt from chapter one:
Many have watched the changing religious landscape and wondered what has gone wrong.
- Have we lost the culture war in America?
- Did we fail to hold onto the religious principles which once made us great?
- Is God punishing America for failing to live by his moral laws?
- Have Christians failed America—or has America failed us?
I’ll let you know when the book is available. I hope you’ll buy it.