CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle’s guest opinion piece, “What Kind of People are They?” was published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on January 29, 2018. Read it here:
In his famous 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. raised a profoundly troubling question about the state of the church in the south during the years of the Civil Rights Movement. King recounts in that letter the many times he drove through the southern states and saw the tall spires sitting on top of white Baptist and Methodist churches. Yet despite the size and beauty of those churches, King wondered:
What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? …So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is the arch defender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent – and often vocal sanction of things as they are.
That question from Martin Luther King, Jr. crossed my mind recently as I watched a long line of so-called “white, evangelical Christians” led by Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham attempt to offer excuses and even forgiveness for Donald Trump after it was revealed that he had paid $130,000 in hush money to a woman named Stormy Daniels who appears in pornographic films and strip shows. The Wall Street Journal reported that the money was paid by Trump’s personal lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, in the hope that she would not go public about the affair she had with Donald Trump that took place less than three weeks after his wife Melania had given birth to their son Baron.
Despite his three marriages. Despite the 13 women who went public with charges of sexual assault against him. Despite bragging on a microphone that he felt free to grab women by their genitals. Despite Steve Bannon reporting that the Trump campaign paid off 100 women during the 2016 campaign. Despite all that, these “white, evangelical Christians” offered one excuse after another for Trump’s behavior. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham said that Trump was not elected to be our pastor, he was elected to be our president. He then said, so long as Trump pursues the conservative social agenda of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party, he was willing to overlook his personal conduct.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Center went even further when he said on TV, “We did not vote for Donald Trump because of his moral qualifications. We voted for him, because he promised to advance our agenda” which primarily concerns abortion and human sexuality.” Those are code words for LGBT rights and marriage equality.
Suppose the issues of abortion and human sexuality were to be resolved according to the precise designs and desires of conservative Christians? Would a perfect world suddenly appear the next day? Of course not, because abortion and human sexuality are not what is really wrong in our country. There would still be overcrowded prisons and underfunded schools. There would still be racial segregation and sexual assault against women. There would still be gun violence in the streets of our urban communities and in the schools of our most rural communities. We would still be spending $100 million dollars every day on military spending, including $12.8 billion for The Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier for which there are not enough planes, pilots, and mechanics to keep it operational. Meanwhile, the government would still be determined to slash spending on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs that help the poorest among us.
Trump himself would still be telling on average, six lies every day according to The Washington Post. He would still be on record referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and apparently all 56 nations of Africa as s@#*hole nations. He would still be seeking to build a $25 billion wall at the southern border that Mexico will not pay for, even though most people in this country illegally came by airplanes and not on foot, and came from Asia and Europe, not from South America. There would still be the last Quinnipiac Poll revealing that 59 percent of Americans are embarrassed to have Trump representing this nation on the world stage.
Now listen very carefully to see if you hear anything being said about any of these issues from the same “white conservative Christians” who line up to offer excuses for the liar-in-chief, the groper-in-chief, the bigot-in-chief, and the golfer-in-chief. Ask yourself this question, what would Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham be saying if it had been Barack Obama who had been caught paying hush money to a porn star or making some obscene statements about sexual assault on women? What kind of people are these? Who is their God?
See the online link here: