Speaking to religious conservatives, Trump talks Christian persecution while advocating for religious indoctrination in public school classrooms.
Last week, while former FBI Director James Comey was delivering damning testimony about Trump’s immoral and perhaps illegal shenanigans, President Trump was basking in the glow of American evangelicals.
Indeed, it was a glorious circle jerk.
Right Wing Watch reports:
While millions of Americans spent Thursday glued to television coverage of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, Donald Trump took time to bask in the adulation of Religious Right activists who gathered in D.C. for Road to Majority, the annual conference hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Trump told the gathering of conservative Christians exactly what they wanted to hear. Trump declared American Christians are being persecuted, and that “faith and religion” belong in the public school classroom.
Promoting the false narrative that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S., Trump said:
It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion. As long as I’m president, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or preaching what is in your heart.
Trump also gave his tacit endorsement to “returning official prayer and religious instruction into the nation’s schools,” explaining to the gathering of conservative Christians that “faith and religion” belong in the classroom:
So we want our pastors speaking out. We want their voices in our public discourse. And we want our children to know the blessings of God. (Applause.) Schools should not be a place that drive out faith and religion, but that should welcome faith and religion with wide, open, beautiful arms. (Applause.) Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving, and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right. It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion. (Applause.) Thank you.
Bottom line: Trump is wrong. Trump talks Christian persecution, but Christians are not being persecuted in the U.S.
More important, the classroom is no place for religious indoctrination. Teaching children about the supposed “blessings of God” by bringing “faith and religion” into the public school classroom is not only unconstitutional, it is also an insult to the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
However, one thing is certain: Trump and the religious right are engaged in an unholy romance, and if left unchecked, the product of their obscene yet metaphorical fornication may very well be a Christian theocracy.