Because there is nothing else noteworthy going on in the world, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention decided to waste more time doubling down on their windmill jousting against the Alt-Right Phantom Menace™ by sending a letter to Trump calling on him to waste more time denouncing the Alt-Right: Exclusive: Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against alt-right:
A group of prominent evangelical Christians is calling on President Donald Trump to take further steps to condemn white supremacists -- specifically those in the alt-right -- following the August white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead.
A letter that has been circulating privately among a coalition of pastors notes Trump's efforts to denounce the white supremacists, but urges the President to go further in condemning the alt-right "by name."If this wasn't dumb enough, the signers list include some less than luminary members. Along with the predictable people like Ed Stetzer, Russell "Never Met A Virtue He Wouldn't Signal" Moore and semi-professional agitator Dwight McKissic, there is also Lawrence Ware, the "Co-Director of the Center for Africana Studies and Diversity Coordinator, Philosophy Department of Oklahoma State University" who boldly announced his departure from the Southern Baptist Convention in the New York Times earlier this year, a guy that apparently elevates his race over his church and thinks "homophobia" is rampant in the SBC, but took the time to get off of his (formerly Southern Baptist) high horse to send a letter to Trump alongside many leaders of the racists and homophobic Southern Baptist Convention. Strange bedfellows and all that.
Worse than that is the signature of one "Bishop" T.D. Jakes...
Initial signers of the letter include Southern Baptist Convention President Rev. Steve Gaines, former SBC President Rev. Fred Luter and the Rev. T.D. Jakes, a mentor of Trump's top spiritual adviser, Rev. Paula White. One member of Trump's informal Evangelical Advisory Board, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also signed the letter.T.D. Jakes is a heretic that holds to "modalism" and is the "spiritual father" of prosperity "gospel" false teacher Paula White. Jakes is a false teacher and as such should be called on to repent by men like Steve Gaines and Fred Luter, not accepted as a fellow Christian leader in sending a letter to President Trump that admits that Trump has repeatedly denounced "White supremacy" but calls on him to do it yet again in some ill-conceived scheme to placate people that will never be placated when it comes to Trump.
I am far more concerned with the leaders of the SBC linking arms with false teachers than I am with any "influence" of the Alt-Right.
Trump has already denounced "White supremacy" on more than one occasion and was perfectly correct in his statement that there was violence from both sides in Charlottesville. The only people still bringing this up are people that are fishing for political or monetary advantange from doing so and a handful of "leaders" that are more terrified of being called racist than they are of joining together with a heretic to send a meaningless and nonsensical letter to Trump.
Will the authors of this letter send Trump a second letter calling on him to denounce black supremacy after the murderous rampage by Emanuel Kidega Samson in a Tennessee church last weekend? I won't hold my breath.
The church has a whole bunch of issues to deal with and the Alt-Right Phantom Menace™ is way, waaayyyy down the list. People like Steve Gaines, Danny Akin and J.D. Greear are being played for fools by partisan political operatives and they need to stop wasting time and resources on silliness like this.