Whenever I hear someone ask, “What happened to X in this election?” or “How X as changed in this past year!” (where X is an individual, a demographic, an institution…), my response is always to think, “That’s probably the wrong question. I do believe this election will change things – mostly for the worse – …

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Some pre-debate links

A paragraph from Jacques Ellul on “Agitation Propaganda” and “Integration Propaganda.” Watch for both tonight.What democracy can turn into, from Adam Roberts’ New Model Army.Cormac McCarthy somehow got into Donald Trump’s psyche more than 30 years ago. A reminder that no one gets to vote for “Fantasy Trump.”On refusing to play the game, or profaning the idol of presidential politics.My two …

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The Case Against the Case Against Not Voting, or One More Reason Eric Metaxas is Wrong

My piece, “Refusing to Play the Game: Profaning the Idol of Presidential Politics,” is up at The Exchange.I can hear the outcry already. Many have objections to not voting. In a recent Wall Street Journal essay making the case for Donald Trump, evangelical Christian author Eric Metaxas addresses Christian voters considering withholding their vote: “A …

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Tools for voters who want to make informed choices on November 8

I recommend the following tools to voters who want to make informed choices in every contest on the ballot:First, BallotReady.Second, this sheet, which provides up to date information about where every member of Congress stands on Trump. (Thanks to Bethany Albertson for pulling this together.)

Speak Truth to Trump

Brief thoughts on idolatry and Donald Trump, with Andy Crouch, Moshe Halbertal, and Jacques EllulA key theme of Andy Crouch’s Christianity Today editorial on Donald Trump is “idolatry.” Crouch tells us that Trump is an idolater and warns Christians against supporting him. Crouch also warns against a more insidious idolatry: Most Christians who support Trump have done …

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Evangelical Voters in Fantasyland

A few days ago, in response to comments I made about Donald Trump’s disdain for women, an evangelical Christian friend advised me to carefully differentiate between Trump and his supporters. Trump, he said, is a flawed but worthy candidate, made to look worse by a vocal minority of supporters whose values may clash with historic …

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Why Melania Trump’s Fake Degree Matters

Though Melania Trump isn’t running for President, and though claiming to have earned a degree that one did not earn seems like a drop in the bucket given all of the other absurdities of the Trump campaign, today’s news that she falsely claimed to have earned an undergraduate degree in architecture and design from University …

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What the #TrumpChicago Protestors Got Right: Donald Trump Deserves Our Active Opposition

On Friday night, March 11, Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Chicago was canceled on account of protests. Mr. Trump was scheduled to speak at the UIC Pavilion, but it became clear before the event began that a large percentage of those in attendance – by some estimates more than 25% – were not supporters but …

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A Supposedly Free Thing I’ll Never Do (Or, How Donald Trump Finally Turned Me Off to Free Cruises)

I was sitting in the kitchen with my son, Ben, when our land-line phone in the living room rang on Saturday afternoon. We get a lot of marketing calls on that number, so we basically screen everything with caller ID or our “old-fashioned” answering machine that allows us hear the beginning of someone’s voicemail.So when the phone …

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Donald Trump is the ISIS of Republican presidential candidates

On the eve of Super Tuesday, I offer a brief observation about Donald Trump. This isn’t, of course, the last word on Trump. I doubt anyone will ever have the last word, and I am not a likely candidate to do so in any case. But it isn’t even my last word. I’ve got designs …

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