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Letter: Why does religious right support Trump?

Regarding Hugh Hewitt’s guest column (“President Trump’s baked-in support,” Oct. 8), I’d like to ask: Is there anyone out there who thinks our president acts in a Christ-like way? From blatant disrespect for women to trying to dismantle the ACA — and many things in between — it seems obvious that he does not.

So, then why does the religious right support him? Hewitt’s article claims that they fear that the secular courts will keep them from practicing their religion as they please. The example he uses is the Christian baker who doesn’t want to make the wedding cake for a gay wedding.

The problem with this is that there are many religions and many minority groups. How would society feel if the baker didn’t want to make the cake for a black couple? Or if the baker’s religion didn’t allow him to make a cake for a Christian couple? It’s all the same in the eyes of the law. Or, at least it should be.

Religion can’t supersede secular law without many things breaking down. What if my religion said it was OK to steal or kill? So, the religious right is supporting a man who seems to represent the antithesis of their core beliefs in order to protect free exercise of religion.

Like the Trump presidency, this way of thinking makes no sense. Which, in the end, may actually be what Trump and the religious right have in common.

Felicia Wyrick

Cedar Rapids


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