Promoting Christian nationalism, President Trump claims America is a nation of believers at the National Prayer Breakfast.
In a speech implying that every American is or ought to be a Christian, President Donald Trump insulted and attacked every non-Christian in America while delivering remarks at today’s National Prayer Breakfast.
Trump’s speech referenced Jesus and the Christian God numerous times, while completely ignoring the more than 35% of Americans that are not Christian.
During his speech, Trump erroneously claimed:
America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer…
Trump is wrong. In reality, America is a nation of believers and non-believers, and to suggest otherwise is simply dishonest.
Over and over again Trump implied that America was or should be a Christian nation.
At one point Trump declared:
As the Bible tells us, for we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works.
At another point Trump opined Christian faith is “central to American life and liberty.”
More from the speech:
Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty. Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, “In God We Trust.” (Applause.) And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are “One Nation Under God.” (Applause.)
Our rights are not given to us by man; our rights come from our Creator. (Applause.) No matter what, no Earthly force can take those rights away. (Applause.) That is why the words “Praise be to God” are etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people.
So today, we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American. (Applause.) Across our land, we see the splendor of God’s creation. Throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence. And in every city and town, we see the Lord’s grace all around us, through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God.
Christian nationalism is the false belief that America is a Christian nation, a belief supported by Dominion theology. It is a radical right wing movement composed of Christian extremists that want to rewrite American history, and replace the secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.
In addition to the overtly and offensive message of Christian nationalism, Trump also engaged in some serious anti-science rhetoric. At one point Trump claimed that a child’s recovery from a rare disease was an act of God, while failing to acknowledge the fact that the child was actually cured by the hard work of doctors and scientists.
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, condemned Trump’s remarks, noting:
Trump has taken these government endorsed prayer breakfasts to a new low, demonstrating his ignorance and disdain for the growing diversity of faiths and philosophies found in the country he’s supposed to be leading.
Bottom line: At the 66th National Prayer Breakfast President Donald Trump promoted Christian nationalism.
And so it goes.
(For more on the history of Christian Nationalism, see Michelle Goldberg’s 2006 book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.)