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Values Voter Summit: Steve Bannon appeals to Christian culture warriors

Written By | Oct 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, October 15, 2017 — “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus says in the New Testament book of Matthew, “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Christ was referring to the beneficial and preservative effect of Christian believers on the broader society. He was also commenting on their worthlessness should they refuse to make that influence felt.

A major focus of secular culture today is its absolute insistence on removing the historical and traditional Judeo-Christian influence on American society and the public square.

The resulting diminished influence of Judeo-Christian values from their onetime prominence in America has helped replace the Holy Trinity and elevate to prominence the new Luciferian trinity of Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary, and their longtime financial benefactor Harvey Weinstein.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and former President Bill Clinton.

It was assumed during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries that the GOP’s faithful would cast their votes for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz announces his 2016 presidential run at Liberty University.

No one assumed this more than Sen. Cruz himself, which is why he chose to announce his White House bid before an enthusiastic Christian crowd at Liberty University.

During his speech, Cruz asked Christian believers to help him fight a “grassroots guerrilla campaign” waged by “a grassroots army … in all 50 states.” He added,

“Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.”

There’s little doubt Cruz’s head spun when evangelicals threw their support behind the brash and worldly Donald Trump. According to the Pew Research Center, Trump won 81 percent of the evangelical vote.

Dr. Dale S. Kuehen.

Trump’s victory unfavorably struck Dr. Dale S. Kuehen, professor of politics and recipient of the Richard L. Bready Chair of Ethics at New Hampshire’s St. Anselm College:

“Since much was made of Trump’s campaign rhetoric criticizing Muslims and Black Lives Matter, his promise to deport undocumented immigrants and his vulgar talk about women, the evangelical vote is under a microscope as political scientists try to make sense of who we are. More specifically, many cultural critics are asking if there is anything Christian about us.”

Professor Kuehen, like the mainstream media’s cultural critics, assumes all evangelicals are cut from the same cloth.

While Cruz appealed to those timid Christians who excel at turning the other cheek, Trump appealed to those Christians who excel in the gentle art of making enemies: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

In an appeal made Saturday to these Christian warriors, former White House strategist Steve Bannon told evangelical attendees at the Values Voter Summit in Washington that Christian Americans sit in “the valley of decision.”

He told them that the “burden” of taking back the country is “on your shoulders … and you’re the vehicle and instrument that’s going to do it. And they [evangelicals] don’t care about [Trump’s] locker room talk.”

He reminded them of what he told candidate Trump after taking control of his presidential campaign last summer:

“We’re going to bring to that debate the women that William Jefferson Clinton attacked and his wife covered for him. And we’re going to let the American people decide between your words and his actions. That’s why I’m a street fighter, I’m all about winning. You know why? ‘Cause we have to win.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expels Harvey Weinstein.

The same day Bannon made his speech, a very different player fired a shot in America’s ongoing culture wars. The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Clinton benefactor and soul mate, the depraved Harvey Weinstein, was expelled from their ranks. Said the board:

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

There they go, imposing their Bell-Curve morality on the rest of us.

The Academy’s response to Weinstein’s predations represents a too-little-too-late attempt by the transmitters of a corrupt popular culture to clean their extremely filthy house in an effort to stave off a massive values backlash by moviegoers already increasingly repelled by Hollywood “morality.”

In that regard, what Steve Bannon said of Washington’s Clintonesque creeps also applies to Hollywood’s Weinsteinesque creeps:

“They fear you [Christians]. And they fear you because they understand you’ve had a belly full and you’re taking your country back … And from the city of London, to Beijing … to Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, Wall Street, they’re nervous.”

And the Hollywood and Washington elites thought the “salt of the earth” was only good for trampling underfoot.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.