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What the Pope vs. Trump Smackfest Reveals

Over the last day, Pope Francis and Donald Trump have been exchanging verbal volleys from their standpoints as the only living man to head both a nation and a religion and another man who aspires to the same.  It all began when Pope Francis declared of Trump, “a man who thinks only about building walls… is not Christian.” Trump responded on Facebook:

Donald Trump responds to the Pope

Click the image to read the whole shebang.  Notice how, when it comes to war, Donald Trump is so confident: with him as president, ISIS will be “eradicated,” because any problem + Donald Trump = gone, over, done.  He is the secret sauce.

More to the point, Donald Trump also declares that  “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” Also, “as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.” Finally, he declares a new and interesting principle for American politics: “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”

Has Donald Trump actually ever gone to any religious services in his life?  Questioning others’ religious faiths is what religious leaders and the texts they extol do all the time.  A religious faith like Catholicism has in its creeds and holy books and approved homilies detailed descriptions of the right kinds of religious faiths, the wrong kinds of religious faiths, the people whose faiths are worthy and the people whose faiths are unworthy.  Drawing lines and excluding people from the religious community is the foundation of almost every religious community  there is. If you really feel the way you say you feel, Mr. Trump, then maybe it’s time to let go of your God. He’s a pretty exclusive, judgmental deity. Read Deuteronomy some time.

But I don’t think Donald Trump really wants an end to religion as a forceful presence in people’s lives.  It’s just that Donald Trump doesn’t want anyone to question Donald Trump’s religion in particular.  If he gets hold of power, Donald Trump wants to be Commander in Chief of… a religious army, defending his particular Christian faith.  That’s not in the Constitution, to be sure, but neither is the peculiar notion that nobody has the right to question another’s religion (on both points, see The First Amendment).

If elected President, Donald Trump will eradicate his enemies, defeat those who would weaken Christianity, eliminate the right to question religion… but never be “disgraceful.”  That’s the important part to keep in mind. President Donald Trump will accomplish all this gracefully.  He’s a man of great grace, unlike all those losers out there.

7 thoughts on “What the Pope vs. Trump Smackfest Reveals”

  1. Frank says:

    ,..questioning Trump’s faith but not our Islam friendly Commander’s in Chief…
    I am baacck!!!

    1. J Clifford says:

      What does “Islam friendly” mean?

      Does it mean to refer to someone who doesn’t want to torture Muslims or kick them all out of the country?

  2. Korky Day says:

    Like almost every successful politician, Donald Trump is too interested in politics to be much interested in religion. He just doesn’t want to lose by saying so. Almost all the others likewise pretend piety.

    The score is
    Pope: 0.
    Trump: 1.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Korky, it is amazing how you have this mind meld with Donald Trump so that you know when he doesn’t mean what he says and when he does mean it.

      Thank you so much for your psychic powers!

      1. Korky Day says:

        You’re welcome, J. Clifford.
        It helps that I’ve watched about 25 hours of Trump on YouTube.

  3. ella says:

    Does anyone, much less the leader of a religion, have the ‘right’ to tell someone they have never met that they are not of the religion which they state they are? Well, the right is there, but because the Pope said so does not make it a fact anymore than if ‘Sam the bartender’ had said it. Many have a deep faith and choose not to spend time in ‘churches’ where the ‘priest’/pastor’/or whatever either does not teach from the text, or is on a different level in the faith. That Trump does not spend a lot of time in Sunday classes does not make him anti religion, or Christian. Most “Sunday Christians” – aren’t.

    1. Jim says:

      Ella, that’s the essence of the problem — religion is fundamentally fictional, so there is no real objective standard for inclusion or exclusion, but religious leaders practice that exclusion all the time anyway.

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