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Alex Bratikof, a lifelong conservative, dropped his job as Executive Editor of First Things magazine, a secular journal of faith, in light of the magazine’s coverage of the White House. Bratikof was selected by the press to help rebuild the publication, to which the liberal legacy of Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, had limited success. The transition could be problematic for the title, as Bratikof questioned the newly adopted religious values of Christian conservatives like Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump.
Instead of praising the Trump administration, as some anti-Trump forces have done, Bratikof said he would ban the president from the publication he helped start and love the president for his policies.
“As an editor I wrote articles with no editorial input. I’ve been asked not to do so,” he wrote in an email to his fellow staff. “As a parent, a husband, and a citizen, I must answer a different question: do I support President Trump or do I hate him?”
“We began with the idea that we would not be a mouthpiece for anyone,” Peter J. Leithart, the editor of First Things, wrote to Bratikof. “We decided in hindsight not to live up to this promise.”
Bratikof released his resignation letter on his website.
“So many evangelical critics have demonized President Trump, since he rode into office on a wave of Christian revulsion against the contents of his inaugural address,” Bratikof wrote. “But to reject such a disastrous president after four years of praising and endorsing them would betray millions of Christians, evangelicals in particular, who have been downwind of his efforts since he won the presidential nomination and the Republican nomination. That withdrawal will only make us increasingly isolated and isolated further, with consequences our community cannot yet even begin to imagine.”
Bratikof believes Christians may have strayed from the tenets of their faith by rejecting the morality of Christianity’s core values and posturing as the voice of values, which are, in fact, realities.
“When the First Things editors ducked dissent, they made sure that First Things was politically liberal — that the magazine’s editors would end arguments with the president at only the most desperate of points,” he wrote. “It was important that it not be unassailable as a clear and unambiguous liberal magazine.”