At Faith and Freedom conference, evangelical Christian voters once again drop concern for marital fidelity – Baptist News Global
Further evidence that evangelical Christian voters no longer care about certain moral failings as disqualifying, attendees at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally in Nashville on June 18 cheered Herschel Walker, despite recent revelations that he fathered three previously undisclosed children.
The same evangelical Christians skewered former President Bill Clinton for alleged extramarital affairs and for sexually bantering with a White House intern. But in 2016 and 2020, they largely turned a blind eye to the many well-known affairs of thrice-married Donald Trump and his crude comments about women.
This tradition continued in Nashville at the annual gathering of evangelical Christian activists led by Ralph Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition in the 1990s.
“The room half full of speakers at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition rally in Nashville went wild for Walker — perhaps the most prominent Republican Senate candidate this cycle in one of the most contested races,” Politico reported.
Walker, a former NFL player, is running for U.S. Senate in Georgia, hoping to unseat first-term incumbent Raphael Warnock, pastor of Martin Luther King’s former church in Atlanta.
Although the race pits two high-profile black men against each other, the candidates couldn’t be more different in outlook or program. Warnock is a mainstream Democrat with strong support from the black church. Walker is a Trump-endorsed conservative Republican who supports conspiracy theories.
“The reception Walker received at the conference is an early indication that self-identified religious conservatives will give him a pass for a biographical detail at odds with their stated mission.”
Politico reported: “The reception Walker has received at the conference is an early indication that self-identified religious conservatives will give him a pass for a biographical detail at odds with their stated mission. The former Heisman winner is accused of hiding from the public three children he had with multiple women outside of marriage. And Walker and his eldest son, Christian Walker, have criticized absentee fathers. The Daily Beast reported that at least one of the mothers of Walker’s unacknowledged children had to take legal action to receive child support.
Not only have conservative evangelicals publicly promoted the sanctity of marriage and the appeal of two-parent families, they have particularly castigated black men as deadbeat fathers contributing to the welfare state by not supporting their children.
In a public dialogue between Walker and Reed, Reed said “Democrats and the media” have “fired artillery” at Walker, who has exaggerated other stories and presented as facts things that are clearly not true.
“They did nothing but do me, I want to fight harder, because I’m sick of people cheating on the American people,” Walker replied. “I’m sick of people misleading my family.”
As if to underscore the current disconnect between evangelical Christian voters and the morality they once sought to uphold, Politico quoted Atlanta resident Paulina Macfoy as saying that “Jesus Christ will answer” for the morality of life and Walker’s family. She told Politico she thought Walker was a “good fit” because he “represented the family” and said it was a “waste of time” to report on his personal life. “He who is without sin, casts the first stone.”
The information reported by Politico was also independently reported by the Daily Best, the Nashville Tennesseethe Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other national media.
Walker easily won the Republican primary in Georgia, despite an accumulating record of misleading statements and untruths and despite being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.
Walker easily won the Republican primary in Georgia, despite a record of misleading statements and untruths.
He lied about graduating from the University of Georgia when in reality he left after his freshman year.
He lied saying he was a law enforcement officer from Cobb County, Georgia, and trained with the FBI. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found no evidence that this was true, and the Cobb County Police Department said it “had no record of involvement with Walker”.
He lied claiming that Trump never said the 2020 election was stolen: “I don’t know if President Trump ever said that, because he never said that to me.”
Georgia has become a crucial battleground for control of the U.S. Senate, making the race between Walker and Warnock one of the most closely watched in the nation.
Georgia is already home to one of the most flamboyant and controversial members of the United States House of Representatives, Marjorie Taylor Greene.
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