‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy: A Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator who represents many evangelicals got three phone calls from constituents complaining about Trump’s profanity after a recent rally.
The reference to gnats and camels comes in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 24. The preceding verse gives the context. In the words of the King James Bible,
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
And, May I Say, It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy
Jerry Falwell Jr., a top conservative religious leader, said Monday he urged President Donald Trump to fire Jeff Sessions over his handling of investigations into Russian election meddling, saying the attorney general has lost evangelicals’ support. …
In forsaking Sessions, faith leaders are turning on one of their own, a man who for decades fought in the political trenches for conservative Christian causes. As a senator from Alabama, Sessions was one of the first Republicans to endorse Trump’s long-shot presidential campaign, taking heat from his party in return. …
“There’s growing disillusionment in the conservative faith-based community” with Sessions, said Gary Bauer, president of American Values, an educational non-profit group. …
At an Aug. 8 speech, the attorney general received a standing ovation from faith leaders after he praised the Trump administration’s record.
“The people of this nation are still the most religious nation in the developed world. Yet people of faith are facing a new hostility. Really, a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith,” Sessions told the assembly at Alliance Defending Freedom.
“Fortunately, President Donald Trump has heard these concerns,” Sessions said. “He made a promise — and from day one of this administration he has delivered. He is defending religious freedom at home and abroad.”