In a Magna Carta length profile on President Donald J. Trump’s press secretary, a prominent magazine appears to have one takeaway: fundamental Christian beliefs are backwards and should be ridiculed.
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends a D.C. church that is an aﬃliate of Hillsong, the global megachurch that teaches creationism and intelligent design,” tweeted the New Yorker as a teaser, linking to the full piece. “Sanders, asked if she shared these views, said, ‘I believe in the Bible.'”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends a D.C. church that is an aﬃliate of Hillsong, the global megachurch that teaches creationism and intelligent design. Sanders, asked if she shared these views, said, “I believe in the Bible.” https://t.co/ASibdWueke pic.twitter.com/hCV2icGEFD
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 18, 2018
“What does the press secretary believe in – other than defending the President’s every word,” is the sub-heading of the piece penned by Paige Williams, which rivals the Iliad in word count.
The message of the piece is clear. Sanders believes in Christianity, and that is unacceptable in progressive America.
The entire piece is a testament to the fact that only one sect of one religion in America – fundamental Christian evangelicalism – can be ridiculed without penalty. If one were to write such a piece about fundamental Islam he or she would be barred from public discourse, labeled a bigot and xenophobe.
“Sanders opposes gay marriage, but isn’t a virulent homophobe like her father—he defends conversion therapy and says that gay relationships have an ‘ick factor,'” according the piece.
The implication, of course, is that all those who practice religions that denounce gay marriage are homophobes, with the only question being to what extent. When did it become unacceptable to be a Christian in America, a country founded on Protestantism?
In fact, the piece spent a considerable amount of time bashing Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee.
“Her father is Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, who, as a teen-ager, wrote in a Baptist newspaper that the ‘Christian youth of today are searching for real answers to real problems presented in a blunt manner,'” it said.
What is controversial about that statement, surely written more than 40 years ago? Nothing. Except for the fact that it espouses a message of Christianity.
“I asked Sanders how she, as a Christian, reconciles her religious beliefs with her support for Trump—a man whose Presidency has been imperilled, [sic] in part, by his payment of hush money to a porn star with whom he allegedly committed adultery,” the piece said. “Instead of a searching answer, she gave me what has become a pat rationalization of many American evangelicals.”
The “hush money” claim, by the way, has yet to be be proven.
“’I’m not going to my office expecting it to be my church,’” [Sanders] answered,'” according to the piece.
And this, in a nutshell, is why so many people – particularly Southern evangelical Christians – harbor disdain for the mainstream press. Williams, on a dime, turned from snottily mocking Christianity as backwards and regressive, to lecturing Sanders on how to practice her own Christian faith.
People who harbor nothing but disdain for Christianity could, at the very least, stop telling Christians how un-Christian they are for supporting Trump.
Only the elite leftist media could lack such self-awareness.
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