Sunday, February 05, 2017

Trump flirting with Christian theocracy (Opinion)

Donald TrumpLet's not mince words. President Donald Trump's recent actions are an attempt to move the United States away from being the religiously free country that the founders created.

And toward becoming an aggressively Christian country hostile to other religions.

On Friday, his White House deliberately excluded mention of Jews from its statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A Trump aide, Hope Hicks, explained that mentioning Jews would have been unfair to the Holocaust's other victims — a line that happens to be a long-time trope of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers in Europe.

"The Holocaust was about the Jews," former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz wrote in Commentary at the weekend, "There is no 'proud' way to offer a remembrance of the Holocaust that does not reflect that simple, awful, world-historical fact."

On Friday afternoon, of course, Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

It was his way of making good on a campaign promise to ban Muslims from the country.

The order also said it would eventually give priority to religious minorities from these countries. 

And if anyone doubted who that meant, Trump gave an interview Friday to the Christian Broadcasting Network, explaining that its goal was indeed to help Christians. 

Fortunately, many Christian leaders are opposing the policy.

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