Election Mark Silk: Spiritual Politics Opinion

Questions for Falwell, Perkins, Franklin Graham et al.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with co-headliner Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of Liberty University, during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Dave Kaup

OK, Boys, here’s the guy you’re supporting for President of the United States. Recorded a decade ago.

Listen and watch.

What’s your reaction? What do you say?

Can you live with yourself as an apologist for this man?

How much decency do you possess?

How much do you value your own moral standing in the world?

Have you no shame?

And by the way, what would Jesus do?

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Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service


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  • If you’re going to expect that quartet– well, I don’t really know about etc, but I suspect he is no better than he ought to be– to acknowledge errors of this type, then you simply don’t understand how married they are to their three wives– power, money, and dominion.

  • Don’t leave out that this conversation occurred not long After he married Melanoma, or Melonia, or whatever her name is. And though a Presbyterian, he got married in an episcopal church.

  • I would ask, “How much has Trump[‘s Foundation] contributed to your ministry?”
    and “What hold does he have over you that would elicit your endorsement?”

  • And make no mistake, getting mixed up with those Episcopal Church types is nearly the worst sin in the database!

  • Update: CNN and other news outlets have reported that Trump has openly confessed to it and publicly stated, “I was wrong, and I apologize.”

    Which now leads to the question, has HILLARY said or done:

    (1) something in past years that was clearly disrespectful and damaging to women,
    (2) something in past years by which HILLARY needs to publicly apologize to the nation,
    (3) something in past years by which HILLARY’S Christian supporters would be obliged to answer the exact same six questions that Mark Silk posed to Trump’s Christian supporters?


    “…And then she (Hillary) chooses to go after the women that (Bill) hooks up with, to ruin them again and again and again and again. And that’s how it works.”
    — Kathleen Willey, in a 2015 radio interview (Aaron Klein), quoted by Sean Davis in “Hillary Clinton Is No Friend to Sexual Assault Survivors”, The Federalist, 09-21-2016.

    “…You repeated your statement, but this time with a coldness and look that I have seen many times on television in the last eight years. You said, “Everything you do for Bill”. You then released your grip
    and I said nothing and left the gathering. What did you mean, Hillary? Were you referring to my keeping quiet about the assault I had suffered at the hands of your husband only two weeks before? Were you
    warning me to continue to keep quiet? We both know the answer to that question.”
    — “An Open Letter To Hillary Clinton”, by Juanita Brodderick, 10-15-2000 (it’s still online).

  • Please…when will this awful election cycle be over. I keep telling myself, “Just a few more weeks…Just a few more weeks.” Then we as citizens can brace our selves for the incoming administration…Oh Joy.

  • While you are quoting a hearsay hitpiece, Trump admitted to committing straight up sexual harassment and assault.

    Of course you won’t care.



    ““I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump says.

    Trump continues: “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”

    “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t_ts and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

    At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.

    “Your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple,” says Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

    “Whoa!” Trump says. “Whoa!”

    “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

    “And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

    “Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.

    “Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

  • Umm, Mark Silk already provided readers with a direct link to Trump’s sin of TEN YEARS AGO, so we already know the exact details. And the first line of MY post, already said that Trump “openly confessed to it.” I’m not sure how you missed that.

    You said the word “hitpiece.” It’s pretty obvious that this video of Trump’s sin of TEN YEARS AGO falls into that category. .The video obviously doesn’t mean that he still carries the same opinions or actions regarding women ten years later, especially as a married man, and especially now that he owned up to it and apologized.

    So the video IS a hitpiece, an ambush, an assassination attempt, although we all agree the ammunition was supplied by Trump himself ten years ago. We need to be honest about that aspect, Spuddie.

    The video’s purpose NOT to initiate a rational comparative analysis of Trump’s past words and deeds towards women vis-à-vis Hillary’s past words and deeds towards women which, as you saw from the two examples, was/is just as savage and selfish as Trump’s words and deeds.)
    That’s why I posted a short spot just to show that Hillary has some equally slimy and serious “Past Sins Against Women” to apologize for as well. There is no way that EITHER of these candidates should get a free pass without apologizing to America.

  • So it is OK because it was from a while ago? So that means Bill Clinton’s foibles which you are so dutifully (allegedly) recounting would be OK too. Unless you are a hypocrite. Especially since you are not even referring to things Hillary actually did besides be Bill’s wife during those supposed but largely unproven incidents.

    But the main difference is while you are referring to things which are at best rumor and unsubstantiated, I am referring to TRUMP’S OWN WORDS. The video is firsthand evidence. You have hearsay and supposition. The purpose of the video is to make Trump look foolish and offensive, using the best weapon available. His own ego, his big loud mouth.

    But I get it. You can’t show obvious embarrassment or demonstrate just how much BS your professed belief in “Christian moral values” really is. It would look bad.