Kavanaugh And Evangelicals

Brett Kavanaugh

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh

You already know the headline: 48% of white evangelicals support Brett M. Kavanaugh even if he did sexually assault someone. Christian morality has been thrown out the proverbial window.

This jives with a March poll by the Public Religion Research Institute that showed that “75 percent of white evangelicals surveyed had a positive opinion of Donald Trump.”

What is surprising to me is the fact that “Fox News host and self-proclaimed agnostic Greg Gutfeld compared Brett Kavanaugh’s path to becoming a Supreme Court justice to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.” The AP reports continued:

“Crucifixion was an important event because it was designed to establish a wall between justice and mob rule — Christ died so that the mob wouldn’t survive,” Gutfeld said.

“What Democrats have tried to do is tear down the wall between justice and mob rule,” he continued. “They decided to crucify someone once again.

With many in the white evangelical community believing that President Trump was selected by God, this is just another example of the move towards a theocracy in the United States government.

I have a bumper sticker on my car reading “Resistance is Patriotic.” If this were the confirmation of a liberal Justice, I am sure that the right-wing evangelical community would be up in arms protesting, as is their right. I do not see this as a Democratic move towards “mob rule.” I see it as a preservation of democracy and republican secular rule.

My question is simple: Why are the Republicans so afraid of this block of voters who wish that their religion become the state religion? Doesn’t Congress understand that the Constitution is a secular document, that it only mentions religion twice, both times to limit the scope of religion in the government of this great country?

In order to justify their belief that the Republican Party supports their cause, the evangelical community has suspended their own biblical based morals on sex and infidelity. The vast majority of this block said they would support Kavanaugh even if the allegations of sexual assault were true as they surrendered their moral ground with rump, a known womanizer and has cheated on each of his wives.

As with many older conservatives, the white evangelical block is in fear of change. They are in fear that they are losing parishioners, though the fact remains that the Protestant evangelical church is the only Christian group gaining members.

Ralph Reed, the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told the New York Time’s Bari Weiss that the Coalition will spend some $20 million in getting out the evangelical vote this November. And the white evangelicals do vote and vote as a block.

Now there is a general consensus that with Kavanaugh on the bench, SCOTUS will reverse the idea of church-state separation and create a new theocracy to replace the secular government that has worked so well for 225 years. There are fears that the Establishment Clause of the Frist Amendment will be reinterpreted to reinforce the belief that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation.

In 2018 the Court will be taking up cases concerning Christian crosses erected on public lands in Maryland and Florida. Both cases have already been decided by state supreme courts stating that the crosses need to be taken down. Christians are now waiting to see what Kavanaugh’s appointment will tilt the Court to the side of the conservative Christian movement.

Another case concerns a Washington State football coach in a public high school leading players in prayer before a game. He has been told by the school board to cease the practice but continues to do so. A US district court has already decided against the coach and the US circuit court refused to hear the case, which is why the lawyers are attempting to have SCOTUS to hear the case. With Kavanaugh on the Court, there is a strong possibility that the Court will hear the case and rule in favor of the coach, reversing a long-standing precedent of the separation of church and state.

Evangelicals are wringing their hand in joy to see a conservative and religious majority (Catholics) Supreme Court. They see the prophecy of a theocratic government under Christian rule ruling this nation. That would be no different than having a government based on Sharia or any other religious law.

Short of having the newest Justice impeached, there is really nothing that can be done to prevent the Christian tide from rising in the coming year. Church-State separation will slowly drown as the seas of Christian-conservatism rises.

The one thing that can be done is to elect Democrats to the Senate and House come November 6. Your voice, your vote does count and every vote against the evils of theocracy is a vote to preserve the First Amendment and maintain the wall of separation.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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