Another California Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, pressed a different court nominee about her religious convictions on these questions: “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern,” she said. Democrats also stand accused of adopting a more crimped view of religious liberty for evangelicals, Catholics, and other traditionalists than they did for the religious minorities who were the intended beneficiaries of the bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Voting for a thrice-married, twice divorced man known for extramarital affairs, cavorting with Playboy models, vulgar talk, and an itchy Twitter trigger finger — to say nothing of the accusations of racism and sexual harassment or worse against Trump — certainly opens socially conservative Christians up to charges of hypocrisy. It also arguably makes it harder to reach other Americans, including young people, with their religious missions, or work with fellow Christians in communities of color.

But these consequences pale in comparison to voting for a party that stands opposed to the issues nearest to conservative Christians’ hearts.