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Jake Tapper Had The Perfect Bible Quote For This Pastor Who Slut-Shamed Stormy Daniels

by Tod Perry

March 28, 2018

THE GOOD NEWS:

CNN’s Jake Tapper used the Bible to shut down an extreme right-wing pastor.

 

Since the religious right became important leg of the conservative movement in the ‘50s, it’s stood for its own brand of “family values” by strongly condemning extramarital sex, LGBTQ people, divorce, pornography, foul language, and atheism.

The group collectively clutched their pearls and chastised President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal of the late ‘90s. Televangelist Pat Robertson called him a “debauched, debased, and defamed” politician who turned the Oval Office into a “playpen for the sexual freedom of the poster child of the 1960s.” 

But Robertson, and the vast majority of white Christians, are some of President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters. A man thrice married who’s facing credible allegations of cheating on his wife with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. The alleged affairs occurred shorty after the birth of his youngest son.

Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, told Politico that Trump gets a “mulligan,” over the religious right’s enemies. “Were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists,” he told Politico. “And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.”

Just imagine how Evangelicals would have reacted if Barack Obama had five children with three different women and was accused of trying to silence an adult-film actress over an affair?

On Sunday, March 25, “60 Minutes” aired an interview with adult-film star Stormy Daniels where she accused Trump associates of threatening violence against her and her family. Controversial right-wing pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, took to Twitter to defend Trump.

CNN’s Jake Tapper responded to Locke’s tweet with a few verses from the Gospel.

Locke didn’t have much of an argument so he responded by making things personal.

Then Tapper took him to Sunday school.

The religious right’s reputation for being “values voters” has been destroyed by their support for Trump; possibly beyond repair. But their abandonment of evangelical beliefs isn’t a surprise to social psychologists. Studies show that when people’s political and religious beliefs come in conflict, spirituality usually takes a back seat.

It could also be that people who’ve been trained to take things on faith were easy marks for a con man like Trump.

 

Preview image via Nrkbeta/Wikimedia Commons and Pastor Greg Locke/YouTube.

Share image via Chad Buchanan/Getty Images and @pastorlocke/Twitter. 

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Jake Tapper Had The Perfect Bible Quote For This Pastor Who Slut-Shamed Stormy Daniels