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(1) Over 40 Evangelical Leaders Issue Support for Donald Trump’s EPA Pick Scott Pruitt |Christian Post

Over 40 evangelical leaders are encouraging President-elect Donald Trump to stick by his appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency despite liberals’ claims that Pruitt is a climate change “denialist.”

(2) Without the Christian Right, There’d Be No President Trump: What Do They Want in Exchange? |Alternet

Frederick Clarkson, a senior fellow at Political Research Associates, has studied the Christian right for decades. He says that when it comes to their relationship with the morally erratic Trump, it’s all about the art of the deal. 

“The Christian right has matured as a political movement. They recognize that you can’t always get political leaders who conform with your beliefs as consistently and wholly as you’d like.”

“Even though he doesn’t appear to be their guy, they can make deals with him that would make him into their guy in a way that no one else has ever been.”

(3) Barna: Conservative Christians and Pastors Identify Groups They Say Had Greatest Influence on Election

Barna also commented on the finding that a huge majority of both conservative pastors and    conservative voters felt that each of the entities tested made a difference. “Even the least impactful of the entities tested in this survey were said to have had some level of influence by at least five out of six respondents. That should encourage those who participated in the election to feel as if their efforts made a difference. In a democratic republic like ours, the system only works when people are involved. These findings indicate that even limited or low-budget activities are very likely to make some difference in the election, and that such attempts at influencing voters may not get a lot of attention but are generally worth the effort.”

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