Does Trump Equate His Victimhood To Jesus On The Cross??

By Donald A. Collins | 25 March 2024
Church and State

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How Trump has used religion to promote his political fortunes goes back to the beginning of his Presidency as this CNN June 20 2017 article entitled “God and The Don” begins with

Two days before his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump greeted a pair of visitors at his office in Trump Tower.

As a swarm of reporters waited in the gilded lobby, the Rev. Patrick O’Connor, the senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Queens, and the Rev. Scott Black Johnston, the senior pastor of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, arrived to pray with the next president.

From behind his desk on the 26th floor, Trump faced the Celtic cross at the top of the steeple of Johnston’s church, located a block south on Fifth Avenue. When Johnston pointed it out to Trump, the President-elect responded by marveling at the thick glass on the windows of his office — bulletproof panels installed after the election.

It was clear that Trump was still preoccupied with his November victory, and pleased with his performance with one constituency in particular.

“I did very, very well with evangelicals in the polls,” Trump interjected in the middle of the conversation — previously unreported comments that were described to me by both pastors.

They gently reminded Trump that neither of them was an evangelical.

Later in this piece we learn that Christianity is the only religion Trump wants to promote. Here are his views

TRUMP AND RELIGION: HIS OWN WORDS

JULY 18, 2015

People are so shocked when they find … out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.

AUGUST 26, 2015

The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics.

JANUARY 18, 2016

Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame.

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.

MARCH 9, 2016

I think Islam hates us.

JANUARY 29, 2017

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe.

MAY 4, 2017

We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anywhere.

Okay it is not hard to assume that every President would like the huge number of Christians to think he is one of them. But in reading this article we find his attendance at services is seldom, which is certainly okay with me.

Read all his Christian connections here.

On February 4, 2024 an interview on NPR entitled “How Trump taps into Christian ideology” tells how his claims of political persecution resonate with his Christian supporters.

It began:

On the day he was arraigned in Washington, D.C., on felony charges for conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump didn’t mince words.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

DONALD TRUMP: When you look at what’s happening, this is a persecution of a political opponent. This was never supposed to happen in America. This is the persecution of the person that’s leading by very, very substantial numbers in the Republican primary and leading Biden by a lot. So if you can’t beat him, you persecute him, or you prosecute him.zz”

NPR Host DETROW: That word persecution holds particular meaning for many of Trump’s Christian supporters. It shows up in the gospels, and it’s critical to understanding Christian identity. To understand how the theology of persecution intersects with American politics, NPR’s Sarah McCammon spoke with Candida Moss, a professor of theology at the University of Birmingham.

CANDIDA MOSS: Being persecuted in Christianity – because Jesus died in this unjust way, because the martyrs were executed – just being persecuted is a sign that what you are doing is right and good and that you have the support of God. And that means that this is a very powerful rhetorical claim. If Christians are succeeding politically, commercially, practically in their lives, then that’s because God loves them and supports them.

But if Christians are being criticized, if they’re being unsuccessful, if people disagree with them, then that’s also a sign that they’re in the right. Because if they can claim that as persecution, that’s a sign that God is on their side. And the problem with that and the way that that functions in Christianity as opposed to other groups is that a powerful Christian group that claims that it’s being persecuted can never fully be disagreed with about anything because disagreement is then understood to be a full-blown attack, a kind of religious war.

SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: You really can’t lose either way with that.

Later in this interview another quote: “When they hear Trump talk about how he’s persecuted, if they’re already supporters of his, it’s a familiar cry — one they’ve heard from the pulpit on Sundays. They identify with him because of it, and they start interpreting criticisms of Trump through that framework. And that means, for example, that when he gets indicted, as he has been, that just serves as evidence that he is being persecuted. So it’s win-win for him. It’s like a dog whistle. They hear him say that he’s persecuted. They know what that means. They know how unjust it is. However legally justified any of these cases are, there is a substantial proportion of his supporters who will believe that this is nothing other than a crime against justice. For Trump supporters, these indictments are crimes. They are crimes of persecution.”

Read the entire interview here.

And we know how Evangelical Christian Nationalists would love to make Christianity the legal religion of the USA. So it comes as no surprise that the March 24th Washington Post article entitled “Putting chaplains in public school is the latest battle in culture wars” tells of the present surge to do just that.

It begins

Lawmakers in mostly conservative states are pushing a coordinated effort to bring chaplains into public schools, aided by a new, legislation-crafting network that aims to address policy issues “from a biblical world view” and by a consortium whose promotional materials say chaplains are a way to convert millions to Christianity.

The bills have been introduced this legislative season in 14 states, inspired by Texas, which passed a law last year allowing school districts to hire chaplains or use them as volunteers for whatever role the local school board sees fit, including replacing trained counselors. Chaplain bills were approved by one legislative chamber in three states — Utah, Indiana and Louisiana — but died in Utah and Indiana. Bills are pending in nine states. One passed both houses of Florida’s legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

The bills are mushrooming in an era when the U.S. Supreme Court has expanded the rights of religious people and groups in the public square and weakened historic protections meant to keep the government from endorsing religion. In a 2022 case, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch referred to the “so-called separation of church and state.” Former president Donald Trump has edged close to a government-sanctioned religion by asserting in his campaign that immigrants who “don’t like our religion — which a lot of them don’t” would be barred from the country in a second term.

“We are reclaiming religious freedom in this country,” said Jason Rapert, a former Arkansas state senator and the president of the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, which he founded in 2019 to craft model legislation, according to the group’s site. Its mission is “to bring federal, state and local lawmakers together in support of clear biblical principles … to address major policy concerns from a biblical world view,” the site says.

The group hosted House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) late last year at its gala at the Museum of the Bible in Washington. The chaplain bills, Rapert said, are part of an effort to empower “the values and principles of the founding fathers.” Critics who compare such efforts with theocracy, he said, are creating “a false flag, a boogeyman by radical left to demonize everyone of faith.”

Read it in full here.

The first amendment of our Constitution makes clear against the government establishing religion. It will certainly get worse in a Trump second term.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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