Ben Howe, author of The Immoral Majority: Christian Evangelicals and the Role they Play in the Era of Trump (due out this year) discusses his journey from the Tea Party to the Center, his favorite Marvel character, and why he doesn’t trust anyone who isn’t honest about their failures – especially politicians. Ben takes issue with using the Bible to pretend that you are pursuing your self-interests nobly and explains the problem with combining ideology with partisanship. Don’t miss a fascinating breakdown of how evangelical leaders have recast all of Trump’s sins as virtues and the danger of convincing a narcissist that his narcissism is virtuous. And stick around for Ben’s epic Christian Retreat Dad joke.

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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Great podcast. Can so identify with Ben on the evangelical thing as I am constantly coming up against this with Trumpy family members who are constantly telling me Trump is God’s instrument. I was recently informed that “God played his Trump card”.

    Don’t give up Bridget. You are a valuable resource for mother’s of single, 30 year old daughters, like me. The leftists are preying on her through social media and in the age of Trump, she is being tempted. I’d appreciate a podcast to young women like her that might show her that while Trump is disgusting, the Democrats and the left (but I repeat myself) are not the way to go.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 8:59 AM PST
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  2. KyleBauer Coolidge

    Ben mentioned that Evangelical’s highest polling issues were tax cuts and rolling back regulation. I would challenge Ben to explain how Trump policy has not achieved both of those goals. I don’t really care what Trump tweets or what he did in his past life. I care about the policies his administration has enacted and can say it has been little to my disliking.

    These guys/gals are all fakes. When I hear Ted Cruz say “my friend and colleague from California…” it makes me want to puke it’s so fake.

    I would love to have Trump policies and a squeaky clean individual proposing them, but that only exists in a fantasy world that the human condition invalidates. Therefore, I will take the policies and a deeply flawed individual doing the proposing.

    Great podcast though, these are issues where we should be free to challenge each other’s assumptions.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 6:27 PM PST
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  3. Icarus213 Thatcher

    I really want to like Ben, because I agree with his sentiment on a lot of things. But two things:

    1. I really wish he wouldn’t lapse into a redneck accent when he cites the opinion of a Trump supporter. It’s just too often done by people on the cultural Left to mock rural and southern Americans, and it’s distasteful to me.
    2. I feel like a lot of the arguments he is giving from Trump supporters are straw man arguments. It hasn’t been my experience that Trump voters talk about abortion a lot. I guess that’s just a difference in the people we talk to.

    But great episode otherwise, I agree with him on the immoral evolution of the Religious Right, and it’s depressing to me.

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    • January 11, 2019, at 12:26 PM PST
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