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Via Kurt Schlichter I saw this thread concerning responding to this Washington Post story about these anti Trump republicans efforts to find a primary challenger to Donald Trump. My answer to the thread is that not only does it not surprise me in the least but I’d be shocked if they gave it up.

At first I was going to compare them to Dick’s sporting goods dumping guns, after all if you have a different customer base there is no point it trying to cater to the old one but on sober reflection this is more analogous  to this question as to why dissident Catholic groups and theologians remain in the church. 

Someone once asked a famous dissenting theologian why she remained in the Church if she found so much of its doctrine and practice so detestable.

She answered, “It’s where the Xerox machine is.” In other words, she remains b/c the Church butters her bread and pays her rent. The Church provides her with the resources she needs to undermine the Church.

as I put it in another post about a dissident group of protestants:

If they join other denominations they’re just another face in the crowd and are no longer significant, if they form independent churches they become a small congregation that won’t last a generation but as long as they remain dissenters within the the UMC then they are assured of getting attention, fawning press and financial support from outside organizations opposed to this vote and anxious to redefine sin for their own purposes.

As long as they are still nominally republican they remain newsworthy, once they decide to leave the party then they aren’t worthy of coverage or financial support from the left.

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…that within three years of Donald Trump’s election we would see this:

The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it will officially withdraw from the Title X program — costing it $60 million in taxpayer funds because it refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the program.

Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars i received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday rejected a request from more than 20 states, Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association to block new pro-life rules that Planned Parenthood is refusing to follow. Leading pro-life groups have praised the Trump administration for prioritizing women’s health ahead of abortion.

…they would have called you at best delusional and at worst insane.

Let’s also remember that before this Planned Parenthood funding was saved by a Republican Senate that had the chance to defund them but refused to do so, leaving it up to President Trump to do the heavy lifting.

 

 

At Instapundit this morning I spotted this:

EVANGELICALS ON TRUMP, IN A NUTSHELL: “Donald Trump is going to embarrass me every day of the year, but unlike the other side, he doesn’t hate my faith, and seek to do me harm.”

Related: Christian Just Voting For Whichever Political Party Less Likely To Make His Faith Illegal One Day. Yeah, this second piece is satire, but is it really?

Let’s take you back to just before the GOP convention July 3rd 2016

I suspect I and a lot of the faithful will have to spend a lot of the next 8 years praying, fasting and begging God to help both our country and the world avoid this horrible fate but while spiritual steps to prevent these catastrophes are good and proper temporal steps must also be taken.

And the single best temporal step will be the election of Donald Trump and the breaking of the power of those Americans who have decided their fellow citizens are the enemy.

Again I don’t take this step lightly, I know that there will be times that Donald Trump will disappointment me just as I expected Mitt Romney to disappoint me on social issues and John McCain to disappoint me on immigration and George W Bush who disappointed me on spending and the bank bailouts.

But while Trump will occasionally disappoint me (when he does I’ll call him on it) I am convinced he will neither persecute me nor strip me of my rights for holding my Conservative Catholic beliefs and acting on them.

I am very sorry to say I can not make that same statement about Hillary Clinton, and I’m even sorrier to see the day when I would say this about a presidential candidate.

Given the events of the last 3 years since I wrote that post I submit and suggest that President Trump is more, not less vital to the security of Christians in America.

 

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.  By their fruits you will know them.

Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

So by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-20

Since the 60’s and before the secular left has told us that Christianity and the rules of Christianity are the problem.

They told us that Christianity repressed women.

They told us that Christianity kept people from achieving their potential.

They told us that Christianity repressed science.

They told us that Christianity was the cause of more of our problems than we can count.

They even told us that if removed Christianity from our school, from our public squares and from greater culture that rather than harm our culture it would advance it beyond our limits.

All we had to do is toss God and we could be fully human.

Well starting in the early 60’s we tossed God from our schools and at first it mattered little because all the student and teachers had already been taught.

Then in the 80’s we had a new batch of student and teachers but the teachers had been students in the 60’s so even if they weren’t teaching the moral law or the laws of God they still had a sense of it to pass on.

Then came the new millennium and for the first time where we had a society where neither the young nor those who taught them had been exposed to Christianity in general and the laws of God in particular.

To be sure there were those who clung to God, who taught their kids at home or sent them to private schools to be taught the lessons of loving God and loving their neighbor, to be informed of the choice between heaven and hell, to be informed that every soul is loved by God and has value before them and that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

But those voices were marginalized in the greater culture. We finally had the society that the left had dreamed of since the 60’s a post Christian society a post Christian culture and twenty somethings not restrained by either the fear of hell, the promise of heaven, the idea that they have intrinsic value as a child of God loved so much that Christ died for them.

And now another generation later we see the result.

There are those who will blame guns, but our society was just as well armed before Christ was banished from our schools, in fact schools had gun clubs, shooting clubs and it was not unusual at all for an average citizen, many of whom had seen combat, to be armed.

Yet the shootings like those we saw this weekend in Texas and Ohio were almost completely unheard of, they were an aberration rather than a fact of life.

The left wanted a post Christian culture, well now they have one complete with the fruits of that culture, because they forgot something important.

Any time you remove God from the picture the devil moves in.