Michael R. Wear spent years working as a White House staffer before serving as the coordinator of President Barack Obama’s faith-outreach efforts in the 2012 election. Now, he’s come forward to reveal the unprecedented amount of ignorance and apathy toward the Christian religion he encountered during his time in Obama’s White House.
Wear recently sat down for an interview with The Atlantic to discuss his new book Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He told the reporter about what happened after he drew up a faith-outreach fact sheet describing the president’s views on poverty and titled it, Economic Fairness and the Least of These.
Western Journalism reported that when Wear wrote “Least of These,” he was referring to a line in the Bible in which Jesus commands his disciples to care for “the least of these,” i.e., the poor and marginalized. While anyone who knows the Bible would know that, Wear’s coworkers in Obama’s White House were clueless about it.
“Another staffer repeatedly deleted ‘the least of these,’ commenting, ‘Is this a typo? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Who/what are ‘these’?’” The Atlantic explained.
Wear later noticed that the Obama administration was “unnecessarily antagonistic toward religious conservatives,” especially when it came to abortion funding and contraception requirements. He said this attitude has quickly spread throughout the entire Democratic Party.
“The Democratic Party used to welcome people who didn’t support abortion into the party,” he said. “We are now so far from that, it’s insane.”
Wear pointed out that Democrats made basically no effort to connect to religious voters during the 2016 election.
“Reaching out to evangelicals doesn’t mean you have to become pro-life,” he maintained. “It just means you have to not be so in love with how pro-choice you are, and so opposed to how pro-life we are.”
This ended up being a huge mistake, as 81 percent of Evangelicals and a majority of Catholics ended up voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.
“It’s sad that this is a throwaway response, but it’s the duty of statesmanship,” Wear concluded. “It’s the duty of living in a pluralistic society to make a case to all folks.”
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