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Mon, Dec. 09

Letter: Religion and Trump


The irony of even saying “religion and Trump” in the same breath seems to be lost on many Americans. Considering that Trump has no religion, it is truly amazing that some of the strongest support he receives are from “conservative Christians.” How is this possible?

Although it may be understandable that some conservative Christians may support Trump solely for his perceived “pro-life” stance, there appears to be no other reason to support him. Furthermore, his “pro-life” stance is most likely a ploy to maintain his base.

A Christian is a Christian, A Jew is a Jew, a Muslim is a Muslim…And Trump is a Trumpist…Yes… President Trump’s true religion is his glorification of himself and not the Almighty. The sole virtue he admires is “unilateral loyalty”… meaning that Trump demands loyalty from others but is himself loyal to no one.

So how does Trump maintain a hold on so many righteous Christians. One dynamic in explaining this is inherent in religion itself… the concept of faith. Once you chose to have the faith, there is nothing one can do to change the believer’s mind. The only place where faith over fact is appropriate is in religious faith itself. Unfortunately, many Christians have treated Trump as the religious treat their religion. The more Trump is attacked, the more his faithful support him… regardless of the slew of factual misdeeds and immoral behavior that our President exhibits.

What would it take to change the conservative Christian’s view of Trump? Probably nothing. Yes, as Trump once said, he could truly shoot someone on 5th avenue and not lose voters!

Patrick Leyden


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