May 4, 2018
According to reports, evangelical leaders are planning a gathering that will bring a thousand pastors to Washington later this spring to make plans for rallying their base on behalf of candidates supported by President Trump in the November elections.
If so, it goes without saying that this will touch off another fierce round of criticism in the Trump-averse media claiming political activism by evangelicals violates an American tradition of religion and politics separate.
It likewise hardly needs saying that many of those assailing evangelicals for supporting Trump – 75% of white evangelicals in one recent poll – would be praising them if, by some miracle, they'd backed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and were now preparing to back Clinton-friendly candidates in the midterms.
Leaving here-and-now specifics aside, however, certain fundamental questions merit consideration in seeking sensible parameters for religious involvement in politics. A bit of history first.