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Conflict with Methodism

When a candidate supports un-Christian behavior, like same-sex marriage and abortion they should not claim to be Methodist. The United Methodist Church doctrine is that it is "incompatible with Christian teaching."

Skipper Anding more than 5 years ago

Nice summary.

The far-right Christianists are split - some back Trump, others, notably Erick Erickson of Red State, advocate abstaining in the Presidential race. Some, like foreign policy analyst Charles Krauthammer and humorist P.J. O'Rourke, back Hillary. But Hillary is a cradle Methodist, is the most religious nominee since Jimmy Cater and her politics are informed by her faith. Trump's picking Mike Pence was a desperate political ploy: Had Pence remained the nominee for re-election as Governor, he was in danger of defeat. Replacing him as the Gubernatorial nominee allows Indiana Republicans a better chance to hold the executive in their state. But Pence was chosen to appeal to the base of the party, whereas a relative moderate like Chris Chrstie would have had crossover appeal. While Pence's religious right credentials are unquestioned, Trump is a nominee that requires serious ambivalence among that cohort.

George Nixon Shuler more than 5 years ago