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Christianity Today: ‘Trump Should Be Removed from Office’

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In een opinie-artikel in het orthodox-evangelische Christianity Today stelt Mark Galli dat president Trump uit zijn functie verwijderd moet worden omdat hij in de kern immoreel is. Trump is volgens Galli moreel verloren: ‘His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.’ Galli begrijpt waarom evangelicals Trump steunen, maar ‘We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath.’ Galli spreekt zich uit tegen Trump zonder partij te kiezen voor de Democraten. Wat Franklin Graham als zoon van de oprichter van CT in een reactie op Facebook zegt, namelijk dat Galli de kant van de Democraten kiest is voorspelbare onzin, want Galli kiest de kant van de Constitutie en wat hij ziet als de God van de christenen. Of zijn opinie veel verschil uitmaakt is de vraag. In 2016 had Trump de steun van 81% van de evangelische christenen en naar verluidt mikt de Republikeinse partij voor 2020 met 83% steun nog hoger. Hoe immoreel Trump ook is, hoe hij het ambt bezoedelt en aan zelfverrijking doet lijkt niet aan evangelische christenen besteed. Of in elk geval niet aan de oudere generaties. Mark Galli is overigens 67 jaar.

Foto: Schermafbeelding van deel artikelTrump Should Be Removed from Office; It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.’ van Mark Galli in Christianity Today, 19 december 2019.

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  1. Mijn bijdrage aan het debat waarin Franklin Graham Mark Galli en CT op Facebook aanvalt:
    An opinion is an opinion. One can agree with it or not. That is the idea of an opinion. You said in your reaction that CT sides with the Democratic Party ‘in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States’. But that is not the point. CT is not on the side of the Democratic Party, but on the side of the constitution and democracy. The fact that President Trump and the GOP have turned against the constitution and democracy does not mean that critics are on the side of the Democrats. They can also act as Independent or Trump-critical Republicans. The impeachment of Trump is a legitimate means of the constitution that is now being used. Approval is the confirmation of the constitution.

    George Knight

    20 december 2019 at 18:50

  2. Maakt niet uit dat hij zich nauwelijks aan de Tien Geboden houdt. Blijkens zijn woedende reactie had hij moeite de naam van de Heer niet ijdel te gebruiken.

    André Horlings

    20 december 2019 at 19:50

  3. George Knight

    20 december 2019 at 23:32

  4. I wish all the good folk of Christianity Today a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    Raymond Horstman

    21 december 2019 at 11:25

  5. Beaty: Among anti-Trump Christians and evangelicals, the editorial has been received as a breath of fresh air. They’ve been looking for evangelical institutions to speak out about the more troubling aspects of the Trump presidency. And the fact that editors decided to take such a strong stance is almost a relief to those more moderate or liberal evangelicals who want to see more courage and conviction from the magazine. Because, for them, it’s not so much the pro-Trump evangelicals that frustrate them, it’s the silent evangelicals. And to a lot of people, silence looks like tacit approval. So choosing not to be silent is encouraging.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/21/anti-trump-evangelicals-saw-christianity-today-editorial-breath-fresh-air-says-magazines-former-editor/

    George Knight

    21 december 2019 at 22:54

  6. Randall Balmer: Since the 2016 presidential election, I’ve written and lectured frequently about the death of evangelicalism, how a movement once distinguished for its concern for those Jesus called “the least of these” systematically and determinedly debased itself by aligning with the far-right fringes of the Republican Party. Beginning with Ronald Reagan in the late 1970s, evangelicals turned their backs on their own best traditions of caring for the poor and welcoming the stranger to embrace a series of deeply flawed politicians and policies inimical to the teachings of Jesus. (…)

    The point is that throughout Galli’s tenure as editor — at least until Thursday (he is set to retire at the end of the month) — Christianity Today has been marching in something close to lockstep with the religious right.
    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-12-23/christianity-today-mark-galli-donald-trump-impeachment

    George Knight

    24 december 2019 at 23:35


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