Many on the Left find Christians to be oddities, at best; at worst, they demonize them or treat them as objects of ridicule.
Perhaps a few past comments from some of Progressivism’s most prominent representatives best illustrate that point.
It was not too long ago, in 2008 in fact, that Barack Obama painted people of Christian faith as ‘clinging to religion’ in response to a question about job losses.
Hillary Clinton, in 2016, warned Christians that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
And who can forget Bernie Sanders’ badgering and attacking the president’s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, for having expressed a pretty standard Christian belief:
So it’s no surprise that many raised an eyebrow over how the New York Times covered White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Christianity.
In the tweet below, it’s clear that the focus for the profile written by the paper will be her faith:
President Trump's new press secretary is an evangelical who reads a Christian devotional before news briefings https://t.co/3WTTwdMMG1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2017
As Phillip Wegmann wrote for the Washington Examiner:
Everyday there’s a briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders follows the same routine. First, she reads a devotion, then she says a prayer, and finally she meets the press.
Naturally, the New York Times is shocked by this odd ritual. “President Trump’s new press secretary is an evangelical who reads a Christian devotional before news briefings,” the paper reports, with a curiosity normally reserved for anthropologists.
One of the reasons to write about Ms. Sanders’ religious habits is to contrast her with Donald Trump, which the paper describes as “a twice-divorced connoisseur of grievance.”
Sanders, to her credit, does not excuse the president for his less-than-presidential comments.
“I certainly didn’t approve of a couple of the comments,” Ms. Sanders said of her time on Mr. Trump’s campaign, where she served as an adviser and on-air surrogate. “But at the same time, we were looking for a commander in chief, not a pastor.”
“Oftentimes, people want to make politicians perfect,” she added. “And that’s one of the actual beauties of Christianity, is understanding that no one is.”
With this understanding, Sanders proves herself to be a person whose Christianity will survive the Trump administration, and even the New York Times.