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Also please see opinion articles from the Washington Post by Michael Gerson. He was raised in an evangelical environment and still identifies with it. He also is one of those deeply disillusioned Republicans who never seem to be able to get heard by their own party these days. He decries the hijacking of the evangelical movement by that party and particularly by the current administration in the White House. The Spokesman-Review has published a few of his commentaries in the past several weeks and months.