PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “White House Having Weekly Bible Studies (Which Trump Skips)” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur ☮

Trump thinks setting up Bible studies for his cabinet and not attending them will play well with his evangelical base. He’s probably right.

“Many of President Trump’s Cabinet members gather at a weekly session to study the Bible,” the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reported Monday.

Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, says he leads a weekly Bible study with Cabinet members such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable. They’re so noble. They’re so learned,” Drollinger told CBN. Vice President Pence, who is a sponsor of the faith sessions, reportedly joins the group when his schedule allows.”

US MILITARY EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN RELIGIOSITY: “Religion in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and at the U.S. Air Force Academy?” ☮

Air Force PrayingIn last weekend’s football game featuring the U.S. Air Force Academy’s team and the University of New Mexico’s team, 57 of the 60 Academy football team members knelt and prayed — ostentatiously, publicly — in the end zone prior to the game. They did not, as Christ’s disciple Matthew advises, put themselves in a closet; they prayed in front of the world.

Therein rests the problem.

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