America is passing through another phase of its evolution as a nation-state that arguably has grown too large for its own good. At the same time the world has become a smaller place, the result of technological advances and the changing demographics our nation is going through, the result of massive immigration. Through all of this two generations stand in fear of losing the nation of their childhood and the one they raised their children in.
While there are certainly many factors that attributed to the election of Donald J. Trump the fear that our nation was losing its WASP identity certainly ranks at the top of the factors list. The great melting pot now seems gripped with fear. Donal J. Trump, a man rightly accused of xenophobia, bigotry, misogyny, gross dishonesty, and a man lacking a clear cohesive vision appealed to their fears. Fears that were easily manipulated, especially given the regular reoccurrence of terror driven by religious extremism worldwide.
Trump was viewed by many as just what America and the west needed. A man without political experience, someone lacking in diplomacy (political correctness to the right), a man who would make the best deals for the USA, build a wall to divide us from our southern neighbors, halt immigration (especially muslims and darker skinned people), and restore our economy to the power house it once was.
Since assuming office he has essentially accomplished little of his “agenda”. Other than a stream of rather meaningless executive orders, a travel ban the courts rightly put a stop to, a healthcare bill that would result in 23 million becoming uninsured, raise premiums, and hurt his core supporters the most, a never-ending stream of tweets, insulting and alienating foes and allies alike, yanking us out of the Paris climate agreement, and becoming ever more mired in scandal and possible obstruction of justice charges the man in the big seat has done very little good for our country.
As Trump supporters watch the unfolding investigations and live testimony we hope they will finally realize the man they put in the most powerful and demanding job of the free world is both unqualified and inept for the job they elected him to do. Buyer remorse is never as good as the buyer doing due diligence before buying. But with any luck it will prevent them from making the same serious mistake in the future.
Trump, pandering to religious conservatives plans to sign an executive order relaxing restrictions on churches being able to be involved in politics without losing their tax exempt status. A move that weakens the separation of church and state that has been a hallmark of our democracy since it infancy.
Churches serve the purposes of like-minded faith advocates to gather and hear religious philosophy and sermons. They have absolutely no business participating in the secular business of governing. When the United States of America starts down that ill-advised and dangerous path we will become no different from any other state that allow religion to influence their actions. Think Radicalized Islam for starters.
As an aside, churches should not enjoy tax exempt status in the first place. But that’s a discussion for another post perhaps.
From The New York Times.
WASHINGTON – President Trump plans to mark National Day of Prayer on Thursday by issuing an executive order that makes it easier for churches and other religious groups to actively participate in politics without risking their tax-exempt status, several administration officials said.
Taking action as he hosts conservative religious leaders Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s executive order would attempt to overcome a provision in the federal tax code that prohibits religious organizations like churches from directly opposing or supporting political candidates.
The move is likely to be hailed by some faith leaders, who have long complained that the law stifles their freedom of expression. But the order falls short of a more sweeping effort to protect religious liberties that has been pushed by conservative religious leaders since Mr. Trump’s election.
Many clergy members say they do not want to endorse political candidates from the pulpit because it could split their congregations and distract from their religious messages. This appears to be the case even among evangelicals, although it is Mr. Trump’s conservative evangelical advisers who encouraged him to address the issue.
It was unclear Wednesday whether Mr. Trump also planned to issue a separate order that would exempt some religious organizations like churches from Obama-era regulations requiring protections for gay men, lesbians and others.
A coalition of evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Mormons and Orthodox Jews has been eagerly awaiting a so-called religious liberty order, which they also hope will exempt religious entities from providing their employees with coverage for contraception in their health care plans.
Several conservative religious leaders said they expected Mr. Trump to issue such an order.
Perhaps Mr. Trump will explain how and why his support for religious entities becoming active in politics, as well as discriminating against LGBT individuals, is any different from Muslim nations that embrace the same.
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Checking in on the religious right a bit today and came across this, for the lack of a better word, lunacy.
One can only shudder at the thought of folks like this ever holding the reins of power in this nation.
Hypocrisy runs deep, very deep among the religious right. Hoe they support a thrice married adulterer, misogynist and sexual predator defies all reason.
Craziness has no limits apparently.
When you have the White House lit with the colors of the gay rainbow, that was June 2015, I think that was a low point for a lot of people and it just seemed like every perversion, including this transgender obsession, was just being celebrated; I think God said, ‘enough.
We know that [Trump’s election] just wasn’t in the natural. This was in the supernatural where God sovereignly, I believe, answered the prayers of believers beseeching him and he’s given us a reprieve. But a reprieve for what? For what? What are we going to do with this? Remember, over 50 years of destruction, destroying the foundations of this country, you don’t just turn that on a dime unless God again intervenes.
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