Donald Trump Begins Construction Of Christian Theocracy
Today, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees fleeing from seven countries in which the majority of citizens are non-Christian. Republicans in Congress, led by Dana Rohrabacher, are leading an accompanying legislative push to give special immigration privileges to Christians only.
To explain his executive order, Trump decided to appear on the Christian Broadcasting Network TV channel, to be interviewed by CBN personality David Brody. When Brody asked Trump if the U.S. federal government would give special preferential treatment to Christian refugees over everybody else, Trump said “Yes,” and then proceeded to lie about the distribution of refugees under Barack Obama.
Trump said, “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
This statement by Trump is a lie.
The facts are as follows: In 2016, Muslim refugees to the United States outnumbered Christian refugees to the United States by only 2%. In all other years of the Obama Administration, Christian refugees outnumbered Muslim refugees admitted into the United States.
Earlier this week, Donald Trump issued an executive order declaring that the United States is no longer at war against terrorism, but is now in a religious war against sects of Islam that Trump does not approve of.
Also today, referring to his choice to fill an open position on the Supreme Court that the Republican-controlled Senate refused to fill as long as Barack Obama was President, Donald Trump declared, “I think evangelicals, Christians will love my pick, and will be represented very fairly.”
We don’t know who Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick is yet, though we know that the choice of the next Supreme Court justice did not take place fairly, as Republicans refused to even to hold a hearing to consider Barack Obama’s moderate nominee for almost a year.
But, it’s a fair question, given Donald Trump’s statement, whether non-Christian Americans will love his pick, or to ask whether non-Christian Americans will be represented fairly by Trump’s new justice on the Supreme Court.
These actions all took place in the space of less than a week. The pattern is clear. Donald Trump is determined to use his power as President of the United States to give special elite status to Christians, and to discriminate against everyone else.
There’s a name for that kind of government, and it’s not democracy. We call it theocracy.
The very first part of the very first item in the Bill of Rights was designed to protect Americans against this kind of abuse by religiously zealous leaders. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Article VI of the Constitution also promises that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Has Donald Trump ever read the Constitution?