The New York Times, an institution that knows as much about American Christianity as it does about unbiased journalism, is shocked that Donald Trump is the national favorite among evangelical voters. Last week, an NYT/CBS News poll showed that 42% of evangelicals supported Trump while only 25% had picked Sen. Ted Cruz as their guy in the primaries.

“Brash, thrice-married, cosseted in a gilded tower high above Fifth Avenue and fond of swearing from the stage at his rallies, Mr. Trump, who has spent his career in pursuit, and praise, of wealth, would seem an odd fit for voters who place greater value on faith, hope and charity,” writes the Times.

Ah. Thank God for this election cycle. If nothing else, Trump’s rise has exposed just how little Democrats, Republicans, and the media really understand the American people. We’ve just been through seven years of a Pro-Islam presidency, we’re threatened with the return of the most godless couple in national politics, and the New York Times thinks voters should hate Trump because he’s not Christian enough?

But this just goes to show the contempt the media and the Washington establishment have for the conservative base. They view evangelical Christians as hicks and hayseeds who would turn the United States into a brutal theocracy if given half the chance. Bitterly clinging to their Bibles and their guns, as Obama put it. Well, you know why Obama thought he could get away with that? Because that’s exactly what these elitists really think! And that includes a significant portion of the GOP establishment, which has cynically exploited its Christian support base without doing the first damn thing to protect the values and freedoms they claim to stand for.

Contrary to what the New York Times believes, Christians have interests that go beyond gay marriage and abortion. We don’t require a Republican candidate who constantly quotes Scripture. Liberals have this image of America where everyone is divided into their little groups: blacks over here, women over there, Hispanics, evangelicals, Southern white men, and so on. The truth is that most people don’t go through life wearing these labels. They make for convenient stereotypes when conducting polls or writing up feature stories, but they are largely mythical.

Among conservatives, there is perhaps no greater fundamental ideal than that of individualism. We don’t want to transform the country into some kind of puritanical dictatorship. And while there has been a significant effort to erase America’s Christian roots, no one believes that a President Huckabee or a President Cruz is going to magically turn back 20+ years of cultural degradation. We do believe, however, that the right guy with the right message might be able to break up some of the blatant corruption that has consumed Washington D.C. At a time like this, that’s more than enough.