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Trump Soars As Francis Wanes: Evangelicals And Rednecks Are Still Impressed By Bombast And Ostentation

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'No, Francis, Louis XIV did not throw up in Donald Trump's apartment - he had much better taste.'
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The Donald's "Sun King" style rules over Francis' compassion for humanity and the earth.

Note: For a full effect while reading, click on the below audio - it's really Trump's campaign theme song.)

Donald Trump has come out in recent months as the virtual king of ostentation and bombast. And to his credit, the strategy is working: he now tops the Republican polls over the 15 candidates who show less propensity for gilt and bloviation. But exactly who are the 25% of Republican voters who envision him as President of the United States?

Poor Louis XIV! Always gilded to the max.
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These people might actually envision Trump as the 21st Century "Sun King", the billionaire businessman willing to spend his precious time to rule the country with the iron fist of the job creator and illegal immigrant enforcer...

...and fierce moral "leadership":

"Trump is tapping into deep-seated anger in America, a nation founded by Christians 'for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,'" said David Lane, a prominent national evangelical political organizer. "He's tapping into something at the grassroots, precinct level of America. America is starving for moral, principled leadership. I hope that Donald Trump brings that."

What Donald Trump may be bringing, however, is a voice to the 4R Club: Religious Right, Rednecks and Rubes.

As David Brody of [Pat Robertson's] Christian Broadcasting Network and The Daily Signal noted, "Trump's ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in 'absolutes' attracts quite a few evangelical voters." Brody added, "Remember, evangelicals hold true to their 'biblical absolutes,' so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness, and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness, too."

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The Sacred And The Profane
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"Biblical Absolutes" have always been the keys to CONTROL in religion. Donald Trump knows that and plays his control game up to the hilt with more gilt than any baroque cathedral.

Francis, the Anti-Trump

If any cleric were to conduct the Dump Trump train, Francis would come to mind, especially if he were more political: his ousting of the "Bishop of Bling" could be taken as a sign that Francis abhors ostentation. But a tasteless lifestyle is not the main reason evangelicals have come to abhor Francis: his stances on social issues and the environment (read: climate change) run counter to their Fundamentalist agendas. He is not as virulently homophobic as they would want. He is not for the ostentation of "megachurches" of the Joel Osteen kind. He eschews literal biblical interpretations. His agenda, in other words, is one of concern than control.

Dump Trump Train
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Of course, Francis' cooling off period with the Christian Right began with his statement on "unfettered capitalism." His decline in favorability continued with his position on climate change. In between those two major stances, he managed to squeeze in compassion for the poor via taking in Central American migrant children.

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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