Did anyone notice? Just briefly? Yes, Donald Rumsfeld the former Secretary of Defense who would have reformed America’s military into a slim, high-tech-no-boots-on-the-ground, fighting force has endorsed Trump. As in admitting that Hillary is not an option he could condone.

But amid the now-ended Grand New Sit-in, and all it’s singing, shouting, and texting, there was some recent noise elsewhere. And it unlike the GNS-i, had to do with Rumfeld’s choice of candidate, Trump himself.

In the heart of Gotham City itself, a coalition of Christian leaders and activists heartily responded to Donald Trump’s speech, interrupting him various times with applause. But there is a deep split in the evangelical community over whether to endorse, or actively oppose, Trump.

Call it the pragmatists – led by Ralph Reed – versus the ideologues. With Michael Farris – a longtime Christian leader – calling the meeting with Trump in NYC the end of the Christian Right. He stated that the premise of the Moral Majority was to only support candidates with a Biblical worldview and of good character. Which presidential candidate in the past 50 years can truly claim he – or in 2016, she – is up to those standards?

But yes, Trump is as hedonistic a candidate as we have seen. Maybe more honest than most, seeing he can be a shameless self-promoter. But nowhere near the character profile that a Michael Farris demands of someone running for high office.

Ralph Reed, and others also cheering Trump at the meeting, like James Dobson, believe that Trump will nominate conservative Supreme Court Justices and will push back at the Obama/secular state’s policy of steadily eroding Christian speech in the public square. It’s a realpolitik approach that raises the question of whether Trump’s character and past positions on issues like abortion means he can be depended on to defend Christian speech in America.

It’s a choice between a righteous candidate that does not currently exist, nor will likely exist in this election, and a hopefully powerful candidate who may – hopefully – be trustworthy. And in both cases evangelicals will be on the outside: hoping that the White House gets it right in the case of Reed and Dobson; or condemning both parties’ presidential candidates and despairing for the country’s future.

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