But while it’s true that conservative positions on social issues are often portrayed, inaccurately, as reflecting the views of a small but fanatical minority, under Leo’s own paradigm, the conservative alliance with Trump is unhelpful and counterproductive. It gives the right raw political power but does little to advance their arguments culturally. Trump makes no effort to be a compelling spokesman for any kind of ethically or spiritually grounded values and related policy views. He is merely a blunt instrument to help the right achieve its short-term political goals.
This is part of what I was trying to say in my piece on the main site the other week: a sustainable and strategic pro-life coalition is going to have to attack the demonic stronghold that is abortion on all fronts, and the general Republican indifference to the movement on poverty-and-families front has given way to all-out sabotage with support for Trump.
Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org