Prominent Christian joins thousands protesting Trump’s UK visit

Prominent Christian joins thousands protesting Trump’s UK visit June 4, 2019
Anti-Trump protesters in London today. Images via YouTube.

AMONG the thousands thronging the rainy streets of London today to voice their displeasure over the US President’s state visit to the UK is  Simon Barrow from Christian think tank Ekklesia.

Explaining why he protesting, Barrow said Trump’s language was “unacceptable”. He was referring to Trump who described London Mayor Sadiq  Khan, who also opposed the visit, as a “stone cold loser” on Twitter.

Image via YouTube

Said Barrow, above:

It doesn’t seem very presidential behaviour and I’m tempted to ask, ‘who would Jesus call a loser?’. That wasn’t the language of Jesus.

Jesus blessed the poor, he welcomed the stranger, he called on his followers to put away the sword, he honoured God’s creation and he blessed those who cursed him.

He added:

I will be joining protestors and I’ll be doing that as an act of Christian witness against many of the things that President Trump stands for, which I think are anti-gospel and being promoted in the name of Christianity.

Khan responded that he was “not offended in the slightest” by the tweet, but added that that US President was expected to behave more like a role model.

This is the sort of behavior I would expect from an 11-year-old. But it’s for him to decide how he behaves. It’s not for me to respond in a like manner. I think it’s beneath me to do childish tweets and name-calling.”

Trump and the First Lady Melania were yesterday welcomed by the Queen on the first day of their three-day visit to the UK – and he went all religious at a state banquet last night, saying:

This evening, we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime and liberated millions from tyranny. The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade.

As we honour our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into future – freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reverence for the rights given to us by almighty God.

Meanwhile a  20-foot ‘Trump baby’ balloon was raised in Parliament Square, Westminster, this morning.

Update: Trump has described reports and footage of the protests as “fake news”.

During a joint press conference with the UK’s zombie Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump insisted that he’d only seen “thousands of people” cheering during his visit thus far, as well as a “small protest” earlier today.

So a lot of it is fake news, I hate to say.

“It was tremendous spirit and love,” he said of the crowds.

There was great love. It was an alliance. And I didn’t see the protesters until just a little while ago, and it was a very small group of people put in for political reasons. So it was fake news.

Trump is deeply unpopular in the United Kingdom, with a favourability rating of 21 percent, according to a YouGov UK survey.

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  • Michael

    Trump’s insults against the Mayor of London is also an insult on the British. His openly states that England has been invaded by Muslims. That insinuates the voice of the British does not count. They voted for Sadiq Khan. He represents the British voter’s choice.

  • Norman Parron

    WWJD!!! Are you kidding me? jesus said I have come to bring a sword and discord…love me more than your own parents, ans all sorts of crap.the trumpkin is very xtian according to the book o’BS.

  • epeeist

    I note that Queenie gave him Churchill’s history of the WWII as a present. Given that this is spread over 6 volumes one has to wonder what he will do with them.

  • Barry Duke

    Trigger words alert: Some of you may be wondering why your comments have
    been delayed. This is because Disqus is now ushering comments with
    “unacceptable” words” into the moderation queue. Two comments held back
    contained the words “strip” and “kill”. This screenshot shows other
    banned words. We are working to stop this nonsense:

  • Tawreos

    Throw them at Nancy Pelosi the next time he thinks she is being mean to him by doing her job.

  • Tawreos

    Throw them at Nancy Pelosi the next time he thinks she is being mean to him by doing her duties that keep her employed (because the three letter word for being employed is banned)

  • epeeist

    I see the Downing Street cat went into hiding while Trump was at No. 10. He was obviously worried about being grabbed

  • epeeist

    *Sigh* I see my post about the Downing street cat hiding has gone into moderation.

    Here, without comment, is the BBC Twitter feed with pictures of the crowds supporting the president and those demonstrating against him

  • epeeist

    Strangely enough “incompetent” doesn’t seem to be on the list. You would have thought that Patheos would have wanted to stop people using it when referring to their developers.

    Oh, and it does appear to be Patheos rather than Disqus. I have tested other sites off Patheos that use Disqus and there are no problems.

  • Barry Duke

    Use them to step on so he can reach the anti-dementia pills stashed on top of his wardrobe?

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    If he’s doing the right thing, out of a progressive worldview, I’m more than glad to let him be religious.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    NewSpeak isn’t on the list, either…it doesn’t have to be, though.

    Welcome to attempted thought control via language control.

  • larry parker

    Trump never could estimate crowd size.

  • Jim Jones


  • Jim Jones

    Obviously he won’t be reading them. Since he can’t read.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    Trump is a role model unfortunately for the right wing nut jobs and the racist homophobs and all the other bigoted ideas that have been pushed back over the last few years.

  • Michael

    I typed in English. Don’t you understand English?

  • epeeist

    I note that the list includes Λέσβος. I wonder if the residents of that beautiful island know that Google/Patheos think the name of it is a dirty word?

  • 24CaratHooligan

    And I’m sickened by the frenetic wanking of the tiny majority of my compatriots who seem to think he’s the dogs. He’s openly said he wants our NHS and still there’s muppets cooing about how great he is and how he’s going to make America great again and how anyone who disrepects him treads on the special relationship. Gaaah! Sorry to all of you who didn’t vote for the orange clown but the Special Relationship ended the day he took office…

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Khan responded “This is the sort of behavior I would expect from an 11-year-old. But
    it’s for him to decide how he behaves. It’s not for me to respond in a
    like manner. I think it’s beneath me to do childish tweets and

    Duh! Trump didn’t mentally mature past that age.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Sadiq Khan has more class in one hair strand than Drumpf will ever have.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Well, the UK has been little more than a US proxy in Europe for years.

    I saw a photo of Drumpf meeting the Queen and the caption was “He looks as if Bugs Bunny’s about to ruin his opera performance.”

  • Broga

    Attention span of seconds, easily bored unless he is being flattered, signs documents placed in front of him which tone down his most outrageous “policy decisions.” Lucky for him he has millions of supporters who don’t read either and worship him even while he is screwing them: sometimes literally it is is alleged.

    Often, mystified about what country he is in and what he is doing there. He thinks global warming is a conspiracy to damage USA business i. e. Big Oil, Coal, Logging etc. Very religious when it suits him but, as in everything else, a man of flexible principles and with an admiration for tyrants whom he befriends while criticising countries with elected leaders. Proven,many times, that he is contemptuous and dismissive of the rule of law. Immature and probably mentally ill.