This piece is one of several that analyzes Trump’s campaign, as reported in mainstream media articles, in an attempt to show the Bigger Picture, how Everything is Connected – from human sexuality to global politics to religion. In fact, especially those three (+ money, but we’ll get there…).
Other pieces in this series are:
Other relevant pieces about the dangerous mixing of church and state and a poignant illustration of the concept via Poland’s current political situation are:
We hope to, by the end of this series on #Trump, have explained our concept clearly enough that others who understand and agree will join us in tweeting our #question4Trump. If enough of us ask, he won’t be able to evade answering.
There’s no need to fear politics if you understand how to make the politicians work for you – how to use the system to change the system.
But before we get to the game plan, our #question4Trump, here’s some more background information on the strategy. Part III of #Trump and #Christianity coming your way. Enjoy!
#Trump on the Separation of #Church and #State
Despite Trump’s apparently prickly relationship with some of the Vatican’s higher-ups, he has expressed the intention to use secular American legislative infrastructure to legitimize and support the political agenda and financial health of the Catholic church.
Besides his proud promotion of the fact that he is on the side of the Christians in the fight against ISIS, take, for example, one of the most chillingly twisted and unashamedly obvious breaches of democratic code – his intention to shelter the tax-exempt status of the Church despite, or even in exchange for, greater political participation.
Even companies that do pay taxes (whether it is their fair share or not is another question) don’t endorse political candidates that obviously. Can you IMAGINE? Political campaigns brought to us by the same people who make our favourite chemicals – uh, we mean, products – in exchange for legal tax shelter!
This ad endorsing the candidacy of Hillary Clinton is brought to you by Lockheed Martin.
This ad endorsing Jeb Bush brought to you by Bayer.
This ad for Bernie Sanders brought to you by Proctor&Gamble.
This advertising for Donald Trump brought to you by the Catholic church.
This article from the Washington Post titled begins with the following:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump believes churches should not lose their tax-exempt status for engaging in political activity, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network that he believes more faith leaders would endorse him if they didn’t feel threatened.
“I know people who want to endorse me, but they’re afraid to endorse anybody because they don’t want to get political. So essentially, they’ve taken a lot of the power away from the church,” Trump told CBN’s “Brody File” in an interview published Thursday.
“I see churches where they’re afraid to be outspoken because they don’t want to lose their tax-exempt status, and I realize that is one of the problems,” he said. “I want to give power back to the church because the church has to have more power. Christianity is really being chopped; little by little it’s being taken away.”
One important point must be made: the subtle manipulation Trump is employing when he refers to ‘the power of the Church’ and ‘Christianity being chopped’ – he is playing on the very human trait of egoism.
The lower-middle class, white, religious, marginalized Christian voters that Trump appeals to listen to his words but they hear that ‘their power is being (and has been, for a long time) chopped’ because they are Christian and no one is standing up for them.
The Muslims are getting all the attention! screams the theological middle child.
‘The power [and wealth] of the Church’, is not, and has never been, even close to being threatened. They have been on a brutal but steady climb for centuries and the political and financial cooperation of the United States government only increases the global domain from which they freely suck every imaginable treasure including the very spirit of the people who live controlled, knowingly or not, by them.
Summary: Trump is ready to trade financial benefits (paid for by American citizens) for political endorsement from religious, specifically Christian, leaders. He is running on a platform of increased power for, and presence of, the church. Trump seems to openly advertise that he considers the office of the presidency to be a religiously advocating, cooperative one.
This single point of Trump’s platform is by far the most extreme despite it receiving relatively little media attention compared to his comments on torture and terrorism.
Speaking of religious torture and terrorism, we’ll pick up our analysis again next time with a look at pedophilia and sexual abuse in the Catholic church and what happens when there is so much (or so little) ‘separation’ between the church and the state that it operates above the law, with impunity.
The next few parts of this series will focus not on Trump’s platform but on the part of Christian infrastructure that is the Catholic church. If Trump is elected by Christians, having run a campaign in support of the Church, we need to know who these people and their leaders are and what they, in fact, represent.
Before we publish or #question4Trump we want to fill you in on some of the history you may or may not have been aware of regarding the Catholic church and Christianity, specifically in the United States. The Bigger Picture we want to paint for you here goes back several decades so we’ve continued to synthesize mainstream media articles from the past and present to tell this story with a broader perspective.
If you come across any interesting articles from credible sources that relate to the topics discussed, please share them – our minds are open 😉
Until next time, thanks for reading and much love!