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A chilling op-ed in today’s NYTimes by author Katherine Stewart, who has extensively studied and written about the Christian right, says that the far right have been pushing a meme for several years now that Donald Trump, conman and egomaniac, has been sent by God to be “a vessel for the purposes of the faithful” in the role of King of the United States of America.

Unbeknownst to people with even a tenuous grip on reality, prior to the midterms a thousand theaters showed “The Trump Prophecy,” a film about a firefighter who, in a blinding orgiastic epiphany, picks up a Bible and turns to Isaiah 45, “which describes the anointment of King Cyrus by God.”  Get it, Isaiah “45” — Trump “45”?   What more proof do you need, right?

Stewart goes on, saying that evangelical author and speaker Lance Wallnau has said:

I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus [who will] restore … us from cultural collapse.

And in this telling it is not at all paradoxical that Trump is a non-believer intent on wrecking our democracy and government.  Apparently the story of Cyrus is of a nonbeliever who becomes the first emperor of Babylon (“Babble-on” — it’s all starting to come together now, isn’t it?) and frees the Jews.

Stewart provides numerous quotations from across the spectrum of the religious right leadership pushing this meme that God sent Trump to be King, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Ralph Drollinger who leads weekly bible study groups at the White House attended by Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet.

In her article Stewart confirms our worst suspicions about what Trump’s core followers see in him:

This isn’t the religious right we thought we knew.  The Christian nationalist movement today is authoritarian, paranoid and patriarchal at its core.  They aren’t fighting a culture war.  They’re making a direct attack on democracy itself.

And, according to Stewart, Trump has been egging them on, goading their preachers for becoming too “soft” —  as he openly muses about becoming “President for life”.

 

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16 COMMENTS

  1. First let me start by saying that some are sicker than others!!!! If these morons have been able to convince themselves that God would select a criminal and an abuser, and a scurrilous human being for anything in this age, they need to wake up and smell what it is they are shoveling! If their brand of faith supports and encourages the embracing and the worshiping the most vile and the most despicable of mankind, they have clearly been thoroughly duped and their naivete is preventing them from seeing the truth. I am mildly sympathetic to those who are just not bright enough to see the obvious. They may believe they have a duty to care about him but it is a proven fact that he does not care in the least for any one of them. Not One!!! It would be un-Trumpian for the liar in chief to do so. People like me find it hilarious and we laugh until it hurts when we see how Trump, who is none too bright I might add, can so easily and so completely harness these people like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is truly sad and they should be embarrassed at how foolish and dense they appear to the rest of the world.

  2. Truly amazing what people will believe…
    BTW – I am the Second Coming, and I need ALL YOUR DONATIONS to help me buy the boat of my dreams!!!
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    • I cant believe what i just read.. are there really people that believe this crap…?. God help us all. For petes sake, get rid of the imbecile in the WH…

  3. The American revolution was fought to free the colonies from the rule of royalty and the dictates of imposed religion.Democracy requires critical thinking, free thinking, and a governing structure that encourages freedom of expression and opinion.There will always be those who prefer to be told what to think and what to believe and who prefer to bow to “authority”.I have a few relatives who exemplify this tendency. If I engage them in dialogue they quickly degenerate into repeating quotations and exhorting me to fall in line and obey the father figure. They prefer to live in cult-like social structures. They are all Republicans.They are all a little paranoid, they are all fearful.

  4. I love t when folks “cherry pick” passages that are open to interpretation out of the bible to justify a position, and ignore or dismiss what came before or after. Sheep need to be herded I guess…..

  5. IT IS UNIMAGINABLE THAT A 5X DRAFT-DODGER TRUMP WHO HAS MOCKED AMERICA’S GENERALS, THE FBI AND THE MENTALLY DISABLED, WHO IS ALSO UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, HAS THE ABILITY TO FIRE OUR TOP NOTCH SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, JIM MATTIS!!! UNIMAGINABLE!! IT IS ALSO OUTRAGEOUS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN PUTTING THE UNITED STATES HOSTILE ENEMY, RUSSIA BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR SECURITY!! WHAT THE BUCK IS GOING ON??? MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT TRUMP USED RUSSIA TO HACK INTO OUR VOTING SYSTEM WITH HIS FULL KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT!!! I DO TOO!!!! IF ALL THESE HIGH-RANKING PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE ARE SO SCARED TO TELL TRUMP WHAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE THINK OF HIM, THEN I WILL: “TRUMP, YOU ARE AN EVIL LYING BUCKING PIECE OF CHIT YOU NO-GOOD BUCKING SCUM BAG!!!!” “WHY DON’T YOU PACK YOUR BUCKING BAGS AND GET THE BUCK OUT OF THE UNITED STATES YOU SOB!!! YOU DON’T FOOL THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS, THE DEMOCRATS!!!! https://www.rawstory.com/…/theres-lot-talk-active…/…

  6. they are all sickos. Trump is the biggest of them. He needs to be in a mental institution. He lives in a different world than the majority of us.

  7. I was raised in fundamentalist evangelical circles. I bought into it. I needed god so much because at some point in my childhood I chose to be an abomination by deciding to be gay. Without detail you already know my life was destined to be hell on earth. I know how these deliberately evil humans think. They are extremely dangerous to self family schools reason empathy all without thought nor guilt. They are the taliban. Americans will see them in action now that desperate Brazilians votes them into power.

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