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Evangelicals have gone from being moral crusaders to enablers of the ‘porn star president’: political scientists

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Trump-loving evangelicals have completely changed their views of the importance of a president’s personal morality in the time between Bill Clinton was in the White House and now, two political scientists argue.

Writing in the Washington Post, Notre Dame professors David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman say that evangelicals’ shifting views of personal morality have been shockingly abrupt and they coincide with Trump’s political rise from a reality TV star to the presidency.

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“In 2011, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Religion News Service found that 60 percent of white evangelicals believed that a public official who ‘commits an immoral act in their personal life’ cannot still ‘behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life,'” they write. “But in an October 2016 poll by PRRI and the Brookings Institution… only 20 percent of evangelicals, answering the same question, said that private immorality meant someone could not behave ethically in public.”

While there have been shifts among other religious groups over that period, they write, none of them has been as sharp as the shift among white evangelicals — which explains why they aren’t phased when Democratic candidates such as Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg call Trump the “porn star president.”

“In short, party loyalty is the driving force here,” they write. “White evangelicals as a group are less concerned about private immorality when Trump is involved than when Clinton is involved because they are overwhelmingly Republican.”

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WATCH: Christian parent warns school district that wearing masks is a ‘pagan ritual of satanic worshipers’

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Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District is fully reopening for the coming school year -- a decision that was expectedly met with criticism. Nevertheless, the school is requiring students to wear masks while on campus, and a certain Christian parent took umbrage at the rule, saying social distancing and wearing masks are "pagan rituals of satanic worshipers."

"My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks,” the woman, identified as Heidi Anderson, said at an Elmbrook Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

"Six-foot distance and masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers," Anderson said. "Absorb that in. 6 feet. Where does 6 feet come from, people? Why is not 3? Why is it not 5? Why is it not 10? Why is it not 30? Why is it 6?"

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‘Trumpster’ berated by store workers for wearing mask over his eyes — he responds by calling them ‘sheep’

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A man in Utah this week was caught on camera wearing a face mask over his eyes at a local grocery store, only to get berated by several angry employees who eventually had him removed.

Local news station Fox 13 Now reports that that the man walked into a Smith's grocery store in Cedar City, Utah wearing a mask over his eyes in an act of defiance of the store's face mask policy.

The video shows employees walking up to the man and asking him why he wasn't following signs that said all customers have to wear masks while shopping.

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Hospitals ‘scrambling’ to cope with Trump administration’s abrupt change

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In a memo sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 10, hospitals in the United States were ordered to start reporting COVID-19 patient information to a new centralized database set up by President Donald Trump’s administration. And now, according to the New York Times, 34 current and former members of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee are warning that the requirement is burdensome for hospitals and will have “serious consequences on data integrity.”

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