A scathing anti-Trump editorial published by the prominent evangelical magazine Christianity Today continues to provoke fierce debate. A response in The Christian Post on Monday denounced the editorial, prompting an editor there to resign in protest.
Christianity Today, a leading publication founded by the Rev. Billy Graham, published the anti-Trump editorial on Thursday, following the House vote to impeach President Trump on charges that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress.
The magazine’s editor in chief, Mark Galli, argued that it was “profoundly immoral” that Mr. Trump had attempted to persuade his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, and called for the president’s removal from office.
The Christian Post rebuttal, published on Monday, noted the “firestorm of criticism and dissent” the editorial had provoked, noting that white evangelicals have strongly supported Mr. Trump despite repeated controversies.
The authors, John Grano and Richard Land, wrote that Christianity Today’s “disdainful, dismissive, elitist posture toward their fellow Christians may well do far more long-term damage to American Christianity and its witness than any current prudential support for President Trump will ever cause.”
This apparently proved too much for an editor at The Christian Post, Napp Nazworth, who wrote on Twitter on Monday that he was “forced to make the difficult choice” to leave the site, where he had worked since 2011, most recently as politics editor.
In an interview on Tuesday evening, Mr. Nazworth said he wanted the publication’s politics section “to be an open space for both sides.” He said the site had worked to include voices that praised and criticized the president, and he objected to labeling the column as an editorial representing the site’s opinion.
“There was an impasse. We couldn’t find a compromise,” he said. “I said, ‘If this is what you represent, you’re announcing that The Christian Post is joining Team Trump.’”
In a statement, The Christian Post said that it was “so very grateful for Napp’s contribution over these many years.”
“We wish him the best,” the statement added. “We will remain a publication rooted in our Christian faith and committed to objectivity in our reporting and diversity in our opinions.”
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SOURCE: The New York Times, Karen Zraick