June 21, 2016

Just when you think Herr Douchebag couldn't go any lower, The Hill reports that:

Donald Trump questioned Hillary Clinton’s commitment to her Christian faith on Tuesday, saying that little is known about her spiritual life even though she’s been in the public eye for decades.

Speaking to a group of top social conservative evangelical Christian leaders at a gathering in New York City, Trump said, “we don't know anything about Hillary in terms of religion.”
“Now, she's been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there's no — there's nothing out there,” Trump said. “There's like nothing out there. It's going to be an extension of Obama but it's going to be worse, because with Obama you had your guard up. With Hillary you don't, and it's going to be worse.”

Clinton does not speak frequently about being a Methodist, but she has opened up about it on several occasions on the campaign trail this year.

Trump on Tuesday also said that while it’s important to pray for everyone, that those on hand shouldn’t be “politically correct” by praying for the nation’s leaders who are “selling the evangelicals down the tubes.”

Full Disclosure here: I am a life-long Democrat with a Master's Degree from Harvard Divinity School. Like Hillary Clinton, I am a United Methodist Woman. Those three words, shortened often to UMW, mean something. Colloquially, they mean getting sh*t done because God has put you on this earth to make the world a better place.

Interested readers might want to visit the United Methodist Women website and their "Action Alerts" page. They aren't interested in much, just:

Guns into Ploughshares: Calling a Nation to Consciousness
World Press Freedom Day: Creating Change and Giving Voices to the Invisible
2016 Election Checklist: A Questionnaire for Voters
Voters Rights Toolkit
Bring Back Our Girls, Bring Back Peace
International Migrants Day 25th Anniversary: Recognizing Migrants’ Human Rights
The Fight for 15 and the Numbers in Between: Raising the Minimum Wage
Day of the Girl: Promoting Gender Equality at a Young Age
Resistance to Voter Suppression Still Necessary on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
World Refugee Day 2015
America’s Criminal Justice System: Families and Communities Serving Time
Remembering the Past by Examining the Present: Justice and Social Responsibility in Modern Times
Hearing Women’s Voices: Engendering Radio for Social Justice
Policing the Victims: Arrest Policy for Trafficked Women
“Persons of Equal Stature”: Sex-Equality and the States
Futures in Peril: Human Trafficking Among Homeless Youth
Africa’s Process of Renewal: Social Reconstruction, Radicalization and Change
Income Inequality in America
Responding to Inequality: the American Jobs Act and Growing Opportunity
The State of Employment in Our States: Finding a Job is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack
World Environment Day
Combating Income Inequality: Raising the National Minimum Wage
Help End Hunger on World Food Day
Combating Climate Change:
Budget Action Alert

Not exactly baking pies for church lunches.

You might also be interested in this ThinkProgress article, which calls Hillary Clinton "the most religious candidate running for President." I know that doesn't appeal to all C&L readers, who might see that as a return to theocracy. But that's part of why Hillary Clinton isn't all in your face about her faith. She will talk about it when asked, though:

It’s a deeply personal question that many politicians would dodge, or at least explain away with a platitude about the value of faith and family. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the famously on-message Clinton, whose demeanor and accent critics often dismiss as duplicitous and disingenuous, launched into a lengthy, nuanced, and uncharacteristically unscripted articulation of her faith.

“Thank you for asking that. I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I am a Methodist,” Clinton responded. “My study of the Bible … has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself, and that is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do. And there is so much more in the Bible about taking care of the poor, visiting the prisoners, taking in the stranger, creating opportunities for others to be lifted up … I think there are many different ways of exercising your faith.”

“I do believe that in many areas judgment should be left to God, that being more open, tolerant and respectful is part of what makes me humble about my faith,” she added. “I am in awe of people who truly turn the other cheek all the time, who can go that extra mile that we are called to go, who keep finding ways to forgive and move on.”

Donald Trump. How dare you, Mister Three Wives, "Two Corinthians," question anyone's faith. You're a....You're a.... oh well, I'd better let Auntie Em speak for me.

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