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Jerry Falwell Jr. Provides Cover for Trump Porn Star Affair

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, appeared on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Wednesday to provide cover for Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Falwell, for whom it seems Trump can do no wrong, used common progressive talking points to rationalize Trump's behavior. He trotted out the tired misinterpretation of Matthew 7:1 ("Judge not lest ye be judged") to berate Christians who condemn adultery. (Apparently, Falwell thinks sin is ok as long as it happened "years ago.") He also cited the story of the woman caught in adultery to suggest that Christians are not supposed to point out sin or something.

Embarrassingly, Falwell, who leads the largest Christian university in the U.S., struggled to explain the doctrines of sin and forgiveness, mumbling something about all sins being "the same" in God's eyes (they're not, according to the Bible).

"He did not forgive the establishment elites," he said [we don't know that]. "Those were the ones that he said were a generation of vipers, hypocrites, and those were the ones he came down hardest on, the religious elites of his day," Falwell declared, falsely suggesting that Jesus had a problem with the Pharisees' political leanings, when, in fact, he was condemning their wrong theology.

Finally, Falwell referenced the Protestant Reformation to claim that "Evangelicals, if they're anything, they're anti-establishment." Huh? Christians aren't anti-establishment for its own sake — and most certainly not for the sake of gaining political dominance. They are (or should be) anti-establishment because their beliefs radically diverge from those of the unbelieving world. We're "strangers and aliens" in the land because we refuse to conform to the "pattern of this world."

I had more to say about this on Twitter tonight. I'll just drop those here rather than repeat myself.