What’s behind Trump’s prayer in the Oval Office

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Source: CNN

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  • Errol Louis: The President doesn’t regularly attend church and has displayed a wobbly knowledge of the BIble
  • He has pledged to advance the social conservative agenda — for many religious leaders that is good enough

Errol Louis is the host of “Inside City Hall,” a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

(CNN)The secular media has made much of some viral photos from the Oval Office in which a group of ministers are seen touching President Donald Trump while praying. But it’s not particularly shocking to a vast and influential swath of America. Anyone surprised about it, should get used to seeing and hearing a lot more displays of evangelical fervor in and around the White House.

For decades, the Republican Party has taken pains to court rural, conservative, churchgoing Christian voters and the religious institutions to which they belong. GOP donors have spent many years pouring resources into a network of universities, political action committees, campaigns and candidates.
Trump now inherits a party whose base expects and demands overt shows of religious sentiment from government leaders that would have shocked the Founders. In a nation whose Constitution requires aseparation of church and state, we now see ministers clustered around a president at the symbolic and literal center of American government, appealing to the Almighty for “Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection.”

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