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Evangelical support of Trump/25-year-old murder case solved

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 28, 2018 4:02 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 28, 2018:

Eighty-one percent of Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  More than a year-and-a-half later, they overwhelmingly still support the president's policies.  Many question how devout Christians can fall in line behind Trump, considering he has been married three times, been accused of having multiple extramarital affairs, has been documented to not always tell the truth, and labeled as racist and xenophobic.

John Fea, Chair of the History Department at Messiah College has written a new book entitled Believe Me -- The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.  It explains that Evangelicals support Trump out of a fear of a changing society, their distaste for Progressives, Trump's pledge to appoint conservative and anti-abortion judges and promise to "make America great again."

Fea, who says he is an Evangelical himself, appears on Thursday's Smart Talk.

John Fea appears at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg Saturday at 6 p.m.

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John Fea

Also, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman joins us to discuss how the 25-year-old murder of Christy Mirack was solved.  A well-known local disc jockey, Raymond Rowe was arrested and charged with strangling and sexually assaulting the 25-year-old elementary school teacher.  Rowe reportedly was never a suspect in the case but DNA evidence obtained from the crime scene and matched with genetic material submitted for genealogy research by a family member narrowed it down to Rowe.

It could be the first time genealogy analysis was used to crack a murder case in Pennsylvania.

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