Opinion: Trump supporters incapable of following teachings of Jesus, Morristown man says
To the Editor:
Donald Trump, who holds his “Two Corinthians” Bible upside down for photo ops, said that his presidential opponent Joe Biden is “against God” and will “hurt the Bible, hurt God.”Now how can a man rightfully described by Esquire’s Charlie Pierce as a “heathen, porn-star paying horndog” get away with slandering the religious faith of a lifelong devout Catholic? Because Trump is a Republican, and somehow the GOP has been able to ridiculously pretend that it is the political party of religious faith, even though the Republican Party’s economic platform is entirely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.
The GOP is an uneasy coalition of tax cut loving rich businessmen who secretly pay for their mistresses to get abortions and fundamentalist Christians who think that Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve!) rode to school on dinosaurs. (Or, if you’re Jerry Falwell Jr., it’s Adam and Eve and the pool boy.) Out of one side of their mouths, they spout “moral values” and out the other side they proffer the laissez faire, trickle down economic policies of terrible writer Ayn Rand, an abortion loving atheist whose most popular novel “Atlas Shrugged” extols super rich business owning protagonists who take away all the jobs in a hissy fit because the working class doesn’t appreciate their benevolence.
The GOP’s policies do represent the ideology of a certain New Testament figure, but it isn’t Jesus, it’s the jealous older brother in the “Prodigal Son” parable who whines to his father, “Why does he get a party?” when his father prepares a joyous feast for the returning prodigal brother. It’s the attitude of every selfish jerk who says, “Why do poor people get to buy steak with welfare? Why do they get free health care? I worked hard! I deserve it, they don’t!”
The Republican Party ignores everything Jesus ever said about helping the poor and less fortunate so they can focus on everything Jesus never said about gay marriage and birth control. Really, Jesus literally says nothing about gay marriage in the Gospels. The GOP has reached it’s apotheosis with Trump, the most ungodly man ever elected to the presidency, who encourages violence, cages children, and would likely deport the Holy family, because Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were refugees, and not white.
You can follow the teachings of Jesus, or you can support Donald Trump, but you cannot honestly do both.