The #NeverTrump movement that continues its legacy today in publications like National Review and in the commentary of Ben Shapiro seems to be pushing an agenda that condemns conservatives who aren’t religious enough, specifically Christian, in order to earn a “true conservative” status.
Religion and Intolerance
Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with religion. It is a time-tested institution and religious groups tend to be conservative in nature. But it is unclear whether or not one has to subscribe to a certain religion in order to be considered conservative. After all, the majority of the founding fathers were Deists — which is about as Christian as it is Buddhist.
The second problem is that conservatives who have supported Trump are being turned off by the attacks he faces on purely religious, and likely Judeo/Christian, grounds. From the outside, such attacks appear quite intolerant. For instance, Jay Nordlinger of National Review — who presumably is Christian — writes: “Funny, but I’ve never thought of Trump as particularly religion-oriented. It seems to me that his god is himself.” Nordlinger continues: “One of the most frustrating things about Trump’s candidacy is that it’s known as ‘conservative’.”
Following the Logic — Religious Tolerance
Now let us ask ourselves: If Trump is not “particularly religion-oriented” — or perhaps Christian enough — what should his supporters be considered? Wouldn’t the implication be that his supporters are also not “particularly religion-oriented” either?
Secondly consider Article VI of the Constitution which states: “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” So if not being religious — or religious enough — satisfies the founding fathers, shouldn’t it be good enough for the #NeverTrumpers? If not, why not? America isn’t just about Christianity, it’s about tolerance of all religions.
After all, we are all Americans.