Trump and Religion
Politicians in the US have to do a couple of things to get elected, raise obscene large amounts of money; coddle rural Americans; whether pro- or anti-choice, make the claim that abortion is a difficult decision no matter the circumstance; and cater to the religious folks by going to church on religious holidays.
Donald Trump is a lying, scheming, narcissistic con-artist but this year his schedule doesn’t include any church services on Easter Sunday and for that I give him credit. Trump isn’t religious. He faked it a couple of times by holding up a Bible whose pages looked like they were never opened. He then tried quoting some scriptures but that went horribly wrong when he said 2 Corinthians instead of Second Corinthians. Since then, he’s kinda given up.
Trump’s also not into family values. The dude’s been married three times, dumping each wife for the woman he was having an affair with. And his wives raise his kids for him. On the Howard Stern show, Trump said “I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.” Trump will never be mistaken for the dad from Leave It To Beaver.
I’m not going to get into the whole rich man can’t get into heaven stuff. But you would think that Trump’s vanity alone would prevent the religious folks from supporting him. Trump’s name is plastered on everything whether he owns it or not. His NY penthouse is so full of gold-plated furniture and decorations; it looks like a golden calf has been sacrificed in the middle of his living room. The Ten Commandments have a side note saying just don’t do what Trump does.
It was a feat of mental gymnastics to watch the right wing Christians pretend this guy felt about religion anything close to what they claim to feel and he was an acceptable family values candidate. Mike Pence who won’t even have dinner with a woman other than his wife, suddenly doesn’t mind that Trump had babies with three different women and said on tape that he liked to grab women by the p***y. People were claiming that God sent Trump to clean up the mess that President Obama left as if God has so few people to choose from that he would choose someone like Trump.
Say what you want about Obama but he seems to be a good, devoted husband and father. He went to church for over 20 years and has a genuine compassion for people. The same crowds who bashed Obama for going to a church where the preacher gave one sermon in which one line was ‘God damn America’ suddenly didn’t care that Trump was calling America a hellhole while wearing a hat made in China.
Look, I’m not religious. My family goes through the bi-annual ritual of trying to get me to go to church on Easter and Christmas. Right now, there are claims on the family grapevine that I’m an atheist. I’m not, but I don’t want to stop my family from thinking this in hopes that they will stop trying to convert me. I think that black people would do better investing in businesses and home ownership than tithing 10% of their income to churches. If Creflo Dollar thinks he needs a 65 million dollar private jet to save souls, there is something seriously wrong with Creflo Dollar and his parishioners who agreed with him and paid for the jet. 65 million dollars could have saved a lot more actual people than he will ever see while traveling in his private jet. And frankly, if you need the threat of eternal damnation to be a good person, you’re a pretty shitty person to begin with. And that’s the thing with Trump. He’s just a shitty person to begin with.
Yes, Trump has thrown rightwing Christians a few bones. They have their Supreme Court Justice and Betsy Devos is pushing for more school vouchers which will go to religious schools. But any republican would have done that. Pence, Rubio, Cruz, even Romney all support the basic nonsense that’s the republican platform. The family values party didn’t need to support a guy who called his daughter a ‘nice piece of a**’ to get those things. But they supported him anyway. With Trump, rightwing Christians should admit that their religion stops where their racism begins. As long as Trump will build the wall and keep those “others” out, they don’t care if he believes in their God. Religion is just a giant buffet. Pick what you want, leave the rest.