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Pastor Justifies Trump Vote By Voting For Pence

| by Michael Allen

Pastor Shane Idleman of the Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, defended his vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Oct. 20 by stating that he was voting for Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.

Idleman began his pro-Trump/Pence op-ed in The Christian Post by quoting Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended from the bench in September for telling judges in his state not to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage.

Idleman then quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14, a verse in the Bible that was written specifically to the Israelites ("my people") about 2,000 years ago: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Idleman wrote: "God's call is not to Hollywood, Washington, or the media, but to us. If 'My people' turn back to God He will heal and restore."

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The pastor went on to write about a scenario in which something might happen to a President Trump, and Pence would take over:

But we must remember that we are not voting for a pastor but for a president. Putting Trump in office is also putting Mike Pence in office — a godly VP who will pray and fast. A VP who will be the president if something happens to Mr. Trump. A VP who will offer God's perspective — a VP who will seek the heart of God ... I vote for getting Mike Pence into the White House via Trump and pray that God redirects our nation.

The New York Times reported on July 15 that Pence wrote in a 1998 editorial: "Time for a quick reality check. Smoking doesn’t kill."

The newspaper noted Pence, as a congressman, opposed the GOP educational program "No Child Left Behind" and a Medicare prescription benefit bill (Medicare Part D).

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As Indiana governor, Pence signed a 2015 state law that allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people (and others) based on religious beliefs; the bill was later amended after a national outcry.

During the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4, Pence denied numerous real quotes that Trump had made.

​Idleman went on to create some scary fictional headlines and news stories that supposedly could happen if the wrong people are elected: "Mandatory Euthanasia Bill," "Congress will vote later this year to lower the age of sexual consent to 12," and "Same-sex marriage now exceeds traditional marriage in some states."

Idleman also came up with this fictional story: "[Homeland Security's] 'Zero Tolerance' policy, which includes hate-speech legislation, outlawing use of the Bible, incarceration for Christians, heavy taxation on evangelical churches, and media scrutiny of anyone associated with the Christian faith."

Right Wing Watch reported Oct. 21 that several Religious Right leaders -- Gary Bauer, Jerry Boykin, James Dobson, Rick Santorum and Jerry Falwell Jr. --  have written chapters in a new booklet warning of the scary things that could happen to Christians if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is elected.

The booklet is entitled "Hail Hillary: Is A Clinton Progressive Police State In America’s Future?" and features a drawing of Clinton dressed like the late Chinese dictator Mao Zedong.

Sources: The Christian Post, The New York Times, Right Wing Watch / Photo credit: Shane Idleman/Facebook

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