Trump’s Corruption is Getting Biblical

The Republican Party’s low-minded leap to the defense of its Criminal-In-Chief betrays both God and country

Sheldon Clay
ILLUMINATION
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5 min readJun 10, 2024

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A history professor once told me it’s impossible to separate America’s governing principles from the religious traditions of the Puritans who came to New England in the 17th century.

It seemed an odd thing to say. We mainly think of those old Puritans as refugees from big, centralized religious projects. One of them, Roger Williams, was the original author of the idea that that church and state should be separate.

Like most good history lessons, it requires some deeper thought. So be forewarned. I’m going to string a few important ideas together here.

First, a reading from the book of Mark. I get a daily reading from the Jesuits in my email. Ironically, this passage from the tenth chapter of Mark arrived on the same day a Manhattan jury found former president Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony counts. In it, Jesus sets up a clear expectation for those who aspire to a leadership role.

“You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; whoever wishes to become great among you must be your…

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Sheldon Clay
ILLUMINATION

Writer. Observer of mass culture, communications and creativity.