Trump Warned Evangelicals Of Anti-Christian Violence If GOP Loses In November

President Donald Trump and his spiritual adviser Pastor Paula White at Monday night's Evangelical Leadership Dinner at the White House.Screengrab/Washington Post/YouTube

President Trump said Democrats "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently".

In August, President Donald Trump implored a group of evangelical leaders to use their pulpits to endorse political candidates during a closed-door meeting at the White House, repeating his false claim that he has done away with a law prohibiting churches and charitable organizations from doing so.

Though members of the press had left the room ahead of Trump’s comments, NBC News obtained recorded portions of his remarks.

The law Trump referenced — generally referred to as the Johnson Amendment — is still very much on the books.

> But Trump cited this alleged accomplishment as one in a series of gains he has made for his conservative Christian supporters, as he warned, "You're one election away from losing everything that you've got," and said their opponents were "violent people" who would overturn these gains "violently."

The president said all of the gains he has provided the evangelical Christian community will disappear if Democrats retake control of Congress:

> "The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable," he said. "Part of it is because of some of the things I've done for you and for me and for my family, but I've done them. … This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment."

> If the GOP loses, he said, "they will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There's violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people."

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> "Now one of the things I'm most proud of is getting rid of the Johnson Amendment," the president said. "That was a disaster for you."

Trump has claimed to have repealed the Johnson Amendment on more than one occasion, but as president, he does not have the power to repeal laws — that is the job of Congress.

The Supreme Court could also render a law unconstitutional, but as NBC notes, this has not occurred regarding the Johnson Amendment.

What does the law prohibit?

> The law says churches and charities "are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office."

During his 2016 campaign, Trump promised evangelical leaders he would abolish the law if elected, but efforts to accomplish this have failed.

When the president says he did away with it, he is most likely referencing an executive order he signed early in his tenure that essentially is all bark and no bite:

> In May 2017, Trump signed an executive order that purported to ease enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. But experts — and the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes repeal of the provision — say the Trump order was basically toothless.

> "It does almost nothing," Gregory Magarian, a constitutional law professor at Washington University Law School.

Nevertheless, Trump told those in attendance that they are no longer beholden to the Johnson Amendment and encouraged them to go out and make use of their newfound freedom.

> "Now you're not silenced anymore. It's gone and there's no penalty anymore and if you like somebody or if you don't like somebody you can go out and say, 'This man is going to be great for evangelicals, or for Christianity or for another religion. This person is somebody that I like and I'm going to talk about it on Sunday."

Oddly enough, the law is rarely enforced to begin with, and it does not prohibit individual speech, according to NBC.

In fact, over 2,000 predominantly evangelical Christian pastors have intentionally violated the law as a form of protest against it since 2008, but none have been punished and only one faced an audit by the IRS.

Trump turned to another falsehood — though generally a crowd pleaser — during his remarks: the rebirth of the phrase “Merry Christmas”.

> "Little thing — Merry Christmas. You couldn't say Merry Christmas," Trump said. "I'm telling you — when I started running I used to talk about it and I hate to mention it in August, but I used to talk about it. They don't say Merry Christmas anymore."

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Gary Markle
Gary Markle

~ The Separation Of Church And Hate:

There is a good reason why Church and State must always remain separate. Let’s get something straight, right from the start: A theocratic state is not a free state, and never will be. I’m sure it was never Jesus’ intention nor was it His will that anyone should be dominated in His name, the name of Christ. That is the will of men. To be accurate, the concept in itself is anti-Christian. You can only follow Christ by choice, not by legislation.

It seems some people are more intent on casting stones at perceived sinners than propagating the love of Christ. ~ “Above all else, I command you love one another”. ~ This was the message that Jesus preached, and as far as I can see, the worth of a soul will only be measured as such. But I can assure you of one thing, when your time of judgment comes, you won’t be asked to recite scripture, but rather, if anything, the question will be: Did you get the message and live by it?

For all of you people out there on the religious right, you should try to remember that looking for sins to condemn, and people to persecute in the name of God, is simply Satan’s way of keeping you from seeing what is good and praiseworthy. It’s Satan’s favorite means of deceit; getting people to hate and kill each other in the name of God and Christ Jesus. Twisting scripture to incite hatred and division.

Understand this; that by doing so, you are defaming the name of Christ, associating Jesus with bigotry and hate. Jesus was never cursed with these feelings, these sins that you commit in His name. It’s widely agreed that He rose above it all, and to use His name for the justification of spreading contempt and hatred for anyone is true heresy. It isn’t Pro-Christ by any means, but clearly Anti-Christ.


~ It doesn't really seem to matter at this point whether you believe in God and Christ or not. What we have are Anti-Christians, the antithesis of the persona Jesus, and they are attempting, through legislation, to declare America to be a theocratic state and nation, legitimizing discrimination under the false guise of "religious freedom". If you're not one of the "chosen" you're fair game for persecution, oppression and abuse. It’s a perfect "us" and "them" scenario. If you express opposing views to the “Order” or you're a non-believer, or in any way perceived as a “sinner”, they'll be coming for you.

~ Anti-Christians ~ The scriptures flow as sweet as honey from their lips, seducing and robbing in the name of God. These are the ones Jesus spoke of that would come in the End Times and deceive many in His name. Anti-Christians: You will know them by their bigotry, their hatred, and their contempt for “others”.

Gary Markle
Gary Markle

The Christian Dilemma:

The greatest threat to America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. Theyve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of us and them.

What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain truth is; God doesnt have a religion and God doesnt discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that theyre special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of unconditional love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in us and them is to divide humanity, not unite it.

And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widows mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: "Here we are Lord!" And He will respond: "I never knew you". They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

Those who have put themselves first will be last.