President Donald Trump’s “no-tolerance policy” that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents has been denounced by religious leaders of many denominations, including the evangelical community. However, FiveThirtyEight doesn’t see the key group of supporters bailing on the president, even though the faith claims to prize families.
Hilsong NYC Church lead pastor Carl Lentz called the crisis at the border “embarrassing” and noted that anyone with compassion should be able to feel powerful emotions witnessing something so heartless.
Father Edward Beck smacked down Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for citing a “cherry picked biblical passage” that he took out of context to support nefarious and diabolical governmental policy. “It is immoral and I would say borders on sinful because of the possible ill effects it has on others.”
A.R. Bernard, founder and pastor of the Christian Cultural Center, agreed. In an interview with Don Lemon last week he said, “When we use the bible to justify policies that are targeting children to separate them from their parents, that’s an atrocity.”
Baby jails don’t exactly fall under the umbrella of the “family values” that the far-right religious community cherishes. Instead, some Trump supporters are crying over the president being the real victim.
The same is true today. “There’s no evidence that their followers are poised to turn on the president,” FiveThirtyEight reported.
Polling reveals the group is more likely to support harsher immigration policies and have a negative view of immigrants. A Pew Research survey found that 70 percent of white evangelical Protestants want Trump’s border wall, while 50 percent of mainline Protestants support the wall.
A survey last year by Pew also cited the majority of nearly every religious group believe immigrants strengthen the United States. White evangelicals, however, have a plurality (44 percent) who believe immigrants are a burden.