Influential Evangelical Leader Urges Christian Conservatives To Abandon Donald Trump

by JACK JENKINS – One of the nation’s most influential evangelical Christian leaders is calling for conservative religious Americans to abandon their support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, arguing he is against “everything they believe.” On Thursday, the New York Times published an op-ed by Russell Moore, the head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), a deeply conservative Protestant denomination which claims around 15 million members nationwide. In a lengthy rant against Trump, Moore expresses frustration with evangelicals who support the oddly-cadenced businessman, who consistently flubs faith questions but nonetheless enjoys “huge” support among evangelical voters: In early August, an ABC/Washington Post poll found that more evangelical Republicans supported Trump than any other candidate. “Most illogical is support from evangelicals and other social conservatives,” Moore writes. “To back Mr. Trump, these voters must repudiate everything they believe.” Moore, who heads up the...

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