Daily Bread for 2.2.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty-five.  Sunrise is 7:07 AM and sunset 5:09 PM, for 10h 01m 55s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 55% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred eighty-first day.

On this day in 1925, the Serum Run to Nome (Alaska) arrives with a diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled relay across Alaska with 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs traveling 674 miles in five and a half days, and so saves the small town of Nome and surrounding communities from an incipient epidemic.

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Steven Waldman lists The Four Lies Trump Tells Evangelical Christians:

Lie #4: Trump is personally a devout Christian. This is an odd one. Very few conservative Christians seem to believe that Trump is personally religious or even moral. But these factors are not important ingredients in their support. Rather, they argue that Trump’s policies and actions advance a religious agenda despite his personal failings. Trump really doesn’t have to pretend to be religious.

But he does anyway. He has spoken passionately about his love for the Bible in ways that almost always reveal that he’s barely read it. My favorite example of Trump’s fake religiosity was when he was asked why his businesses had been audited by the Internal Revenue Service. He said, “Maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian.”

After all, he reminded us, he has “a great relationship with God.”

Trump and other religious conservatives often talk about how liberal cultural elites hold evangelicals in contempt. This is sometimes true. But it’s hard to think of a greater sign of disrespect than lying to someone’s face and assuming the person won’t have the intelligence to figure it out.

Peter Wehner writes There Is No Christian Case for Trump:

What most stands out to me about [Wayne] Grudem’s case on behalf of Trump is that he is a near-perfect embodiment of an individual fully in the grip of confirmation bias and motivated reasoning. And in that sense, he is a near-perfect embodiment of some of the president’s most committed evangelical supporters.

In Grudem and those who think like him, you see astonishing intellectual, theological, and ethical contortions, all in the service of making Trump appear far better than he is. I have a hunch as to why: His supporters don’t want to struggle with the cognitive dissonance created by supporting a man who, if he were a liberal Democrat, they would savage on moral and ethical grounds.

But it isn’t enough to simply remove the tension; they need to justify their decision.

It isn’t enough for many of Trump’s evangelical supporters to say that, by their lights, he is advancing policies that promote the common good even as he is acting in unethical ways that deeply trouble them. In that difficult trade-off, they could admit, they have decided that the former should take priority over the latter. Instead, they have created a cartoonish image of the president, pretending that his character flaws are trivial and inconsequential, while his policy achievements put him near the top rank of American presidents.

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