Trump-speak allows open discussion of problems usually only spoken about behind closed doors

Trump’s “open source” thoughts are unprecedented in any modern politician. Trump, by breaking from the “offend no one” style of political discourse, still appeals to those Americans who share beliefs with him that are largely overlooked by the incumbent political class that the president is dismantling. His takeover of the Republican Party was a hostile one that paid lip service to most of the party’s ideological dogma. What Trump is about is remaking the American body politic. Trump-speak is a key component of that overhaul, because it allows for the open discussion of the many problems America and the world is facing but are usually only spoken about in whispers behind closed doors.

Source: How Donald Trump is retooling politics for the 21st century

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There are Christians who are concerned that criticism will cause Trump to dump their issues

Trump and his core supporters see any criticism as betrayal. When the president is thin-skinned and lacks core convictions, there are Christians who are concerned that criticism will cause Trump to dump their issues. An enormous number of Christians — especially Christians in politics — suffer from a lack of faith [and] view the Left as presenting an existential threat to Christian faith. Trump has done a remarkable job at convincing conservative Christians that he’s the lesser evil compared to his enemies in the media and on the radical Left so they’ll find ways to rationalize their support for Trump.

Source: Understanding Conservative Christian Silence on Donald Trump’s Porngate | National Review

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Trump is the last gasp of the conservative era and will bring down Republican rule.

Too many people are hanging onto a worldview and way of life that is fast slipping away. California is roughly 15 years ahead of the rest of America in confronting the very different realities of the 21st century. It’s a more people-oriented politics, not tethered to 20th-century welfare state liberal solutions. Californians tend to be more pro-growth, practical progressives. Innovation is rippling through all sectors of the economy and society. The rise of Trump is likely nothing more than the last emotional backlash before America moves forward again. One way or another, Trump will eventually crash and take down a good chunk of the Republican establishment with him.

Source: California Is the Future – California Is The Future – Medium

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Take the Politics of Disruption to Church

“We worship a man who marched into the Temple during its most busy week, disrupted its market place, and proceeded to occupy it for a week while telling stories that overtly undermined the authority of the priests and scribes and exposes their complicity with Rome.” — Mark Van Steenwyk

See: Take the Politics of Disruption to Church

Mark Van Steenwyk is the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination and the founder, along with his wife Amy, of the Mennonite Worker in Minneapolis. For nearly 15 years, Mark has sowed seeds of subversive spirituality throughout North America. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/markvans

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If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

“The religious leaders who most readily endorsed Trump were representatives of two of the Christian ‘heresies’ overtaking traditional Christianity in America: the Prosperity Gospel and the religion of American nationalism. All over Europe, and increasingly America, we see the post-Christian right turning into a nationalist, or even ethno-nationalist, movement. A secularized America is going to have a much more extreme right wing, but also a much more extreme left wing, and fewer ways for them to interact and talk.” — Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Source: If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is a writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes about religion, culture, politics, economics, business and technology. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/pegobry.

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Those who instantly fall in line behind Trump as he bombs people are ensuring that he will keep doing it

“It should be startling and infuriating that Trump is able to order a new attack on the Syrian Government without any democratic debate, let alone Congressional approval. Those who instantly fall in line behind Trump as he bombs people are ensuring that he will keep doing it. The one constant of American political life is that the U.S. loves war. Martin Luther King’s 1967 denunciation of the U.S. as ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’ is more accurate than ever.” — Glenn Greenwald

See: The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian.

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald

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Religious left, moderates and secularists would create strong coalition

“If you can create a coalition that includes the religious left but also those moderates in the middle and also secularists, then you would have an incredibly strong coalition.” — Marie Griffith

Marie Griffith is the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

See: High Noon for the Religious Left

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‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

“It’s one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn’t done a good job of organizing. It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump’s election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square.” — J. Patrick Hornbeck II

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.

See: ‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

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The Lord’s Prayer is radical and revolutionary

“The Lord’s Prayer is radical and revolutionary. When we pray that God’s kingdom will be made real here on earth, we’re praying for a kingdom where the poor, the refugee, the sick, and the broken have the best seat at the banquet. Building that kingdom requires prayer, activism, solidarity, and moral resistance that are politically engaged but which ultimately transcend the politics of the day.” — John Gehring

John Gehring is the Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life, author or The Francis Effect and contributing editor of Commonweal Magazine, an independent journal of religion, politics and culture edited by lay Catholics. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/gehringdc

See: Prophetic Prayer & Moral Resistance: The Role of the Faithful in the Trump Era

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Rev. Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. making an idol of access to power

“Religious apologists for Trump such as Rev. Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. continue to disgrace themselves by making an idol of access to power.” — John Gehring

John Gehring is the Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life, author or The Francis Effect and contributing editor of Commonweal Magazine, an independent journal of religion, politics and culture edited by lay Catholics. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/gehringdc

See: Prophetic Prayer & Moral Resistance: The Role of the Faithful in the Trump Era

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We must disrupt the way a distorted gospel fuels imperialism

“It isn’t enough to simply offer an alternative Christianity; we must disrupt the way a distorted gospel fuels imperialism. It is time that we don the prophetic mantle within our churches and engage tactics of disruption so that Christians no longer feel comfortable going about business as usual. So that the vast and moderate middle is forced to contend with the issues and no longer remain complicit with the ways that Christianity has been used to justify oppression.” — Mark Van Steenwyk

Mark Van Steenwyk is the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination and the founder, along with his wife Amy, of the Mennonite Worker of Minneapolis. For nearly 15 years, Mark has sowed seeds of subversive spirituality throughout North America. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/markvans

See: Take the Politics of Disruption to Church

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The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well

“Whether inside or outside of church communities, the continued strength of religious publishing and the internet’s radical democratization of information offer broad access to a range of Christian thinkers who are intellectuals, if not scholars.” — Jacob Lupfer

Jacob Lupfer is a frequent commentator on religion in American politics and culture. Lupfer has worked in parish ministry and has taught at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jlupf

See: The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well

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The culture war over religious morality has faded

“As Americans have left organized religion, they haven’t stopped viewing politics as a struggle between “us” and “them.” Many have come to define us and them in even more primal and irreconcilable ways.” — Peter Beinart

See: Breaking Faith: The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York.

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When Christianity is seen as a political project

“When Christianity is seen as a political project in search of a gospel useful enough to advance its worldly agenda, it will end up pleasing those who make politics primary, while losing those who believe the Gospel.” – Russell Moore

See: Can the Religious Right be Saved?

Russell D. Moore is an American evangelical theologian, ethicist, and preacher. He is currently president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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