Donald Trump Presents Plan To Use Government Power To Make People Respect Christianity Again
Yesterday, at the Road To Majority Conference assembled by the Faith and Freedom Coalition – a group of Christians that seems to take it as an article of faith that only Republican politicians should be elected to public office – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was the main speaker. Trump delivered exactly what the conference wanted to hear: A commitment to use the power of the U.S. federal government to give religious groups more power in society.
“We will restore respect for people of faith,” Trump said. Then, in case there was any ambiguity about religious groups gaining equal access to government favor, Trump declared that Christianity would receive special favors from the federal government. “We will restore faith to its proper mantle in society. That’s what we have to do, and we have to do that soon. We will respect and defend Christian Americans. Christian Americans!”
If you’re not a Christian American, apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t believe that you belong on the “proper mantle” of respect and protection. If Trump wins the election, Christian Americans will have the respect and defense of the U.S. federal government, while everybody else will have to fend for themselves.
Trump quickly made it clear why he will bestow special elite status to Christians if he is elected President. He believes that religion is an immigration issue.
Before, Donald Trump has said that his plan to stop Muslims from crossing the border is motivated by the desire to prevent terrorism. Such a radical departure from the Bill of Rights seemed strange to many people, given that, although deaths caused by air pollution in America are high, there have been no terrorism deaths in the United States at all this year.
Yesterday, Trump revealed that his objection to immigrants is really that they might bring non-Christian beliefs into the United States with them. “Without documentation, we don’t know where they come from. Hillary will bring hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom have possible beliefs about people of different faiths and values,” Trump warned.
In this sense, Donald Trump offers a clear alternative to the other presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, and Gloria La Riva, who regard cultural diversity in the United States as a source of strength, rather than a vulnerability.
Also at the Road To Majority Conference, Republican Senator David Perdue said that he prays that President Barack Obama won’t be alive much longer. Afterwards, Senator Perdue chided the press for taking his statement seriously, because it was just a joke. Who hasn’t joked about invoking supernatural powers to kill the President of the United States, after all?
The mission of restoring respect for Christianity in America would best begin not with big federal government programs to give Christians first class status over everybody else, but with Christians themselves. Here’s a first step: Stop talking about hopes that the President of the United States will soon be dead.