My grandfather was a Western North Carolina Methodist backwoods preacher all his life. Because of this, I was exposed as a child to all kinds of evangelical Christians, conservative Christians, tent revivals and live sermons by Billy Graham.
In current-day America all the above, including Carl Mumpower (who recently criticized a transgender art show and talk at Asheville High) … continue to support President Trump and seem to believe that they hold some kind of moral high ground in current-day America. I note that President Trump was a longtime friend of the Grahams and attended Billy Graham’s birthday parties and funeral.
As a child, I believed that all Christians, especially the evangelicals, had a big problem with adultery, pornography and telling lies to wives and other family members. Because of recent [allegations], which are all over the news, that President Trump had an ongoing adulterous affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, which began a few months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, as well as more women coming forward to claim other affairs behind Melania’s back, I must ask these Moral Majority hypocrites, how in hell can you continue to support President Trump and also claim that you are in a position to preach about the morality of any other American citizens, especially those who don’t like him, and I also must question why you helped him get elected in the first place?
I will be waiting for your reply to this and your public calls for the president to pray to his and your God for forgiveness and for God not to send him to the lake of fire and eternal damnation when he passes on, unless he publicly repents for his sins.
— John Penley
Editor’s note: Xpress contacted Buncombe GOP Chairman Carl Mumpower for a response to a summary of the points raised in the above letter, and he provided the following response: “The letter writer is correct that most Christians believe we hold America’s moral high ground. Most also support the president. The first position tracks to a few truisms. The time-tested values of the Judaeo-Christian faith ground Western European culture, and like it or not — in education, governance, medicine, business and morality — that history has set the world’s tempo. In contrast, we see nothing ethical about a movement sacrificing 58 million children as a matter of choice and convenience; treating gender exchange as a consequence-less social playground; endorsing liberal myopia and progressive pep rallies as appropriate public-school activities; and embracing recreational drugs, anger, entitlement and victimization as the four-points of a progressive compass. The last one’s simple: President Trump understands the American success equation — liberty + opportunity + responsibility = prosperity — and unlike most of his political peers, he’s not pretending that skipping ingredients will produce the same results.”