Mike Pence trumps his boss on religious questions, but he also raises some

WHEN Donald Trump settled on Michael Pence as his running-mate, it looked as though one of the main motives was to reassure religious conservatives, and to make up for his own wobbly grasp of theology. Mr Trump may not be the first occupant of the White House to have an uncertain relationship with faith, but his attempts to present himself as minimally religious have always been inept, to put it mildly. To take one of many examples, he seemed not to understand a public question about asking forgiveness from God and rambled instead about going to church to “drink the little wine and…eat the little cracker” which he vaguely thought might be a form of repentance.

Compared with all that, Mr Pence stood out as a reassuring figure to the devout and right-wing. He has often described himself as “Christian, conservative, Republican, in that order”. Little in his recent career gives any reason to doubt the sincerity of that claim. At least for the past 15 years or so he has explicitly linked his metaphysical beliefs to the some of the causes he holds…Continue reading

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