On CBS “Face the Nation” Panel, Rod Dreher Says Donald Trump ‘Not Going to Be the Ultimate Savior of Christianity In America’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, January 22, 2017.

Christians have placed too much faith in politics in recent decades, and President Donald Trump — or anyone else — will not be Christianity’s savior in America, religion experts said in a panel during the week of Easter and Passover. 

“I think that a lot of people voted for Trump with a heavy heart, a lot of Christians, thinking that, at least, Trump would not be aggressive going after religious institutions as the Democrats were,” conservative author and Orthodox Christian Rod Dreher said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “And I think, maybe, we’ll be happy with that. I hope so. But Trump is not going to be the ultimate savior of Christianity in America.”

Dreher said Christians “made an enormous mistake, over the past 30 years, in placing too many eggs in the political basket.”

Father James Martin said politicians have forced religious leaders to “take sides, politically,” which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

“But the church really needs to transcend that,” Martin said. “Because if we align ourselves too much with one party, we are disappointed.”

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Kathryn Watson