Is Trump Taking The Faith Test Or Are We?
We should not be assuming that grading is on a curve.
Whatever happens now will prove consequential to humanity.
The Washington Post has annotated President Trump’s remarks on Monday after the FBI raided the office of his personal attorney Michael Cohen, who admitted publicly to paying Stormy Daniels “hush money” on her alleged sexual encounter with a married Donald Trump in 2006.
Vox has laid out a very comprehensive dateline of events following the Stormy Daniels scandal. The payment was said to be made in October 2016 during Trump’s election campaign. It is also alleged that there has been criminal acts of attempts to intimidate and threaten Daniels, whose government name is Stephanie Clifford, on separate occasions beginning in the summer of 2011, particularly damning is the allegation that Daniels was “physically threatened”.
The definitive guide to the Stormy Daniels scandal
On January 12, 2018, the Wall Street Journal broke what appeared to be just another initially outrageous and quickly…
The President’s response to this aspect of his scandalous rise has been 🧐… different…🤔 in comparison to his more emphatic denials and dismissals of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the national elections — particularly with members of Trump campaign team.
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Trump’s reactions to many of our national concerns are worthy of our skeptical scrutiny. That scrutiny also extends to the omnipotent Market, deified as the assessor and appraiser of human worth, value, and production.
I have to credit Harvey Cox, Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, for his elucidation on the remarkable religiosity of serving this phenomena and shedding some insight on how we have given into being smacked around by this invisible hand. The book The Market As God is a good read.
The Market as God captures how our world has fallen in thrall to the business theology of supply and demand. According to its acolytes, the Market is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. It knows the value of everything, and determines the outcome of every transaction; it can raise nations and ruin households, and nothing escapes its reductionist commodification. The Market comes complete with its own doctrines, prophets, and evangelical zeal to convert the world to its way of life. Cox brings that theology out of the shadows, demonstrating that the way the world economy operates is neither natural nor inevitable but shaped by a global system of values and symbols that can be best understood as a religion.
The Market as God - Harvey Cox | Harvard University Press
The Market has deified itself, according to Harvey Cox's brilliant exegesis. And all of the world's problems …
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It can be said and plausibly concluded that aspects of that religiosity has religious leaders extrapolating Scripture to explain Trump’s rise in the biblical sense and pretext of his presidency as the archetypical biblical king. Another Cyrus. This time the American people have been cast as the chosen people being led to salvation.
For believers who subscribe to this account, Cyrus is a perfect historical antecedent to explain Trump’s presidency: a nonbeliever who nevertheless served as a vessel for divine interest.
For these leaders, the biblical account of Cyrus allows them to develop a “vessel theology” around Donald Trump, one that allows them to reconcile his personal history of womanizing and alleged sexual assault with what they see as his divinely ordained purpose to restore a Christian America.
The biblical story the Christian right uses to defend Trump
It's a typical morning segment on Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, late in 2016. The controversial…
No separation of church and state here
This divine arrangement, which cuts both ways…
…legitimate the evangelical support and the absurd looking the other way discordance of faith on display here.
When you have Prime Minister Netanhanyu co-signing Trump’s anointment, you really have to start pondering how religiosity is haphazardly granting Donald Trump this spiritual benefit of the doubt on the world stage.
I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory. So we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great — Persian King. Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem. We remember, 100 years ago, Lord Balfour, who issued the Balfour Proclamation that recognized the rights of the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland. — Prime Minister Netanyahu, March 5, 2018, at the White House.
Dude! You do know that Persians are ethnically Iranians right?! I am sure Perisan blood runs through Palestinians also.
These are the very same lineage of people that Prime Minister Netanhanyu would like to bomb the hell out of. Netanhanyu is also ingratiating Trump has this symbolic deliverance from God. Surely, Trump is eating this all up. My question is, Are all of us included in this salvation or are we just innocent bystanders, serving as only background to this particular narrative?
If Trump or American democracy fails, which should already be a given that it is failing, then the proper thing to do is to act rationally and stave off apocalyptic disaster. We have gained enough empiricism to serve as a study guide to defeat and discard away with this phenomenalism and correct this grave misstep.
In other words we really shouldn’t be waiting to see how Trump will fare or will do with our faith. As a collective — whose values speak to humanitarian principles of American spirit, we need to make sure that we pass this test.
😐You know what I think I have said too much on this Caleb.