“We need to watch Ron DeSantis. Because the Lord is going to use him in a powerful way.”
— Charlie Shamp — a self-proclaimed Christian “prophet” who backed Donald Trump in 2020 — told the Jim Bakker Show last week that God isn’t backing Trump in the 2024 election this time, Rolling Stone reports.
“So we live in a republic and we the people should have a voice and a choice about our own health. … I have done some research and would like to share with you the physical and emotional and even mental injuries to our bodies and possibly even our souls as healthy individuals are required to wear face masks.”
— Idaho state Rep. Karey Hanks (R), reported by KVTB-TV
“I think we have a responsibility to our students — who paid to be here, who want to be here, who love it here — to give them the ability to be with their friends, to continue their studies, enjoy the room and board they’ve already paid for and to not interrupt their college life.”
— Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.“As the coronavirus threatens to spread across the Lynchburg region, Liberty University officials are preparing to welcome back up to 5,000 students from spring break this week,” the Lynchburg News & Advance reports.
“I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”
— Councilman Jim Cleveland defending “the mayor of Hoschton, a nearly all-white community 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, [who] allegedly withheld a job candidate from consideration for city administrator because he was black,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Mayor Theresa Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”
“The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and for me… If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
— Wyoming state Sen. Lynn Hutchings (R), quoted by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, arguing that without the death penalty Jesus Christ would not have been able to die to resolve the sins of mankind.
A new Fox News poll finds that nearly half of Republicans, 45%, believe that God wanted Donald Trump to be president, with another 18% indicating that they weren’t sure. “More than half of white evangelical Protestants — 55% — said that God endorsed Trump. Only 3 in 10 evangelicals said categorically that they didn’t think Trump had God’s explicit support in the election.”
“There’s no glamour to the job. I hated every second I was there. The West Wing has bad karma to it. They say, ‘Because you were doing bad stuff!’ But I was doing the Lord’s work.”
— Stephen Bannon, quoted by USA Today, on working in the Trump White House.
“Inoculate yourself with the word of God.”
— Gloria Copeland, a controversial minister on President Trump’s evangelical advisory board, saying flu shots aren’t necessary when you have Jesus, the HuffPost reports. She said the faithful who don’t have the flu can ward off the infection by repeatedly saying, “I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu.”
A billboard in St. Paul, Minnesota, funded by “The Good Lord Above,” is sending former Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) an answer to the question she posed.