Conservative radio host Dennis Prager has come to the defense of Christians supporting Donald Trump, saying it is unfair to question the "decency and moral credibility of conservatives voting for Trump."
Writing a column in Townhall, Prager "warned that conservatives must resist gratuitous hatred or they will destroy themselves more effectively than the Left ever could on its own."
He explained that Jewish tradition does not blame the Romans for the destruction of the Second Temple but the Jews themselves for hating one another for no good reason, which weakened them and led to their inability to fight a greater evil.
Prager, who was against Trump at an early stage but has committed to voting for him, said he was inspired to write the column after reading two articles. One was "How the Religious Right Embraced Donald Trump and Lost its Moral Authority" by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe.
"Buried under the post-election wreckage will be the moral credibility of the religious right," Jacoby wrote. "The embrace of Trump by influential religious conservatives … is orders of magnitude worse than the customary flip-flopping and sail-trimming of a presidential campaign."
Prager said the second article was in the important evangelical journal "World" that called on Trump to resign, saying, "If a person is unfaithful to his spouse, he's also likely to be unfaithful to his country."
Prager again referred to ancient history to dispute that idea, pointing out that King David had Uriah killed so his adultery with the man's wife would not be exposed. But even though God punished him, God still kept David as king and gave him a major role in Jewish history.
"If God shouldn't be ashamed for supporting King David, Christians shouldn't be ashamed for supporting Donald Trump, given the far more corrupt and destructive alternative," Prager wrote.
He added that "there is no defense for Donald Trump's comments or alleged sexual misbehavior," but "a religious conservative can honorably support Trump just as honorable Christians supported Joseph Stalin against Adolf Hitler."
Prager explained that he did not mean to compare the two presidential candidates to those evil men of history, only to point out that "if Christians could ally themselves with Stalin to defeat a more dangerous foe, Christians could support Trump to defeat Clinton."
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