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Tom of Temecula

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Mon Jun 24, 2024, 01:10 PM Jun 24

Trump has violated at least half of the Ten Commandments he wants placed in U.S. schools [View all]

Louisiana’s new law requiring that the Ten Commandments be posted in each public school classroom is a reminder that it’s high time to talk about former U.S. President Donald Trump and religion. While a dangerous cocktail of religious zealotry and theocratic desire helps define Trumpism, it is rarely discussed in detail—perhaps because scrutinizing a candidate’s religious beliefs is normally considered out of bounds.

That’s a mistake. While religious faith is, in most contexts, a private matter, it’s hardly off limits to discuss religion when a would-be dictator and his supporters make it a centerpiece of their anti-democratic movement. In fact, it is essential to consider the ways in which Trump’s perverse exploitation of religion is a clear and present danger to U.S. democracy. Trump himself is quite obviously not a man of religious faith—it’s safe to say he has personally violated at least half of the commandments Louisiana will place before public school students. He is, however, quite happy to exploit his supporters’ religious beliefs in pursuit of political benefits.

Trump has brazenly compared himself to Jesus Christ, eagerly sought to line his pockets by hawking a $60 “God Bless the USA” Bible on social media, and infamously used a Bible as a prop after he marched through a square near the White House that had just been forcibly cleared of nonviolent protesters. Some of Trump’s supporters quite literally see him as an instrument of God, a “messiah-like figure” divinely chosen to rule. Trump depends on support from Christian nationalists, including rank-and-file voters as well as public figures like Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.), U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), and other Republican members of Congress. An organization associated with the unabashedly anti-democratic Project 2025 agenda “is developing plans to infuse Christian nationalist ideas” in a possible second Trump administration.

Christian nationalism, as advanced by Trump supporters through their chosen vessel, Donald Trump, is a promise to return the nation to a time when social and political hierarchy was enforced by government.


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