The New Yorker Has Christians Up In Arms Over Slight In Sarah Sanders Profile Piece

September 19, 2018
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The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, has proven to be more than fair in her dealings with the press. But in a profile piece by The New Yorker, Sanders was not given the same kindness as the writer seemed to look down on her Christianity.

I asked Sanders how she, as a Christian, reconciles her religious beliefs with her support for Trump—a man whose Presidency has been imperilled, in part, by his payment of hush money to a porn star with whom he allegedly committed adultery. Instead of a searching answer, she gave me what has become a pat rationalization of many American evangelicals.

“I’m not going to my office expecting it to be my church,” she answered. “Frankly, if people of faith don’t get involved in the dirty process, then you’re missing the entire point of what we’re called to do. You’re not called to go into the places where everyone already thinks like you and is a believer—you have to go onto a stage where they’re not.” She went on, “You have to take that message into the darkest places, and the dirtiest places, and the most tainted and dysfunctional places. If you can influence even one person, that’s what you’re supposed to do.” (Later, Sanders said that she was speaking broadly, about her social duty as a Christian and not about the White House.)”

Sarah and Bryan Sanders have a daughter, Scarlett, who is in elementary school, and two sons: Huck, four, and George, three. Sanders returned to work soon after having each child. They live in northern Virginia, in a house with six bedrooms, one of which is occupied by a Colombian au pair. (Sanders’s kids have picked up some Spanish.) Bryan converted to Catholicism after attending Colby College, in Maine, and on Sundays the family tries to attend an evangelical service at a Washington church with a diverse congregation and female associate pastors. The church is an affiliate of Hillsong, the global megachurch that teaches creationism and intelligent design. Sanders, when asked if she shared these views, said, “I believe in the Bible.” She told me that her pro-life views are “non-negotiable,” and added, “One of the things that makes Americans unique is that we value life. We think each life has intrinsic value and worth, whether you are a baby in the womb or an elderly woman.”

The New Yorker harped on her belief in a tweet that made it apparent how they felt about her belief in the bible.

Many flocked to Twitter and expressed their outrage that The New Yorker would try and come down on Sanders for her belief. Many noted the hypocrisy as Obama went to a church ran by the hateful Rev. Wright and the MSM didn’t even blink.

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