I know these people are not who I should compare God too, but I have to pose the question. The Republicans and GOP zealots claim to be more Godly than anyone else on earth, yet their behavior indicates they are the most ungodly when it comes to policies that might benefit the citizenry. God is always present for believers, even if the political workings of the divine can be hard to discern. Religious people continue to occupy points all along the spectrum, in essence white only. Just look at their new standard bearer who pits one religion against another and probably not rooted in any.
What concerns me is the hatred coming from the young white Republicans where religious issues have taken a back seat in the party’s discourse and racism is ever present. They claim they are under attack and being discriminated against; explain that one! Let me remind you that it was religion that sanctioned Slavery and most of the horrible crimes against people of color all over the world. There is a subliminal underlying crime in the hearts of white folk, which is it is their duty to support White Supremacy, and do it with a smile to fool you. Notice how bigots will always speak of God when it comes to matters of race.
Let’s look at the clever words, codeword, from those who ran in the Republican primary. The guy from Texas, Ted declared “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from the abyss.” You can’t get much more religious than that. But Cruz failed to awaken and unite religious conservatives, a reason that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee. The split among conservative evangelical Christians was profound. They, be it, on one side or the other are still voting on abortion, same-sex marriage, and other moral issues but have no words for police brutality. Then there are those among the faithful who are so angry about the direction of the country and what they saw as the marginalization of conservative Christianity in public life that they opted for the strongman who could push back hard against their enemies.
It is the things they say that are troubling; the dog whistles! Take the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, who made these remarks: “Most Americans know we are in a mess… and as they look at Donald Trump, they believe he is the one leader who can reverse the downward death spiral of this nation we love so dearly.” Look closely at what he said; it is code for the movement’s hopeful spirit in its Reagan Era heyday. They can’t seem to understand that the conservative Christianity movement will never be the force of demography nor their ideals of racism will never again enjoy the public influence it once had – Jim Crow is dead.
Their prayers are that Trump will somehow reverse the trend. As he has on so many issues, Trump has been entirely opportunistic of assuring white folk that he will take back their country and that he is the chosen one because his rhetoric is straight out of the secular Republican campaign playbook prior to the 1970s. In the early primaries, particularly in Iowa and the South, Trump tried hard to identify with a constituency he knew would be key to his success. Just like Reagan did. Trump screamed, “I love the evangelicals.” Why do they love him? Maybe because he is saying what they want to hear in the dog whistles!
Each one of them courted Billy Graham’s son as if they were proposing marriage and all proclaimed their fervent support of states’ rights and we hear what they are not saying in that pronouncement. Trump’s comments on immigrants, political correctness, and Muslims suggest he is far more anti-multicultural than he is pro-religion. He talks more about symbols and public icons than about faith or morals. “If I become president, we’re gonna be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store.” He has said everything but remind us that Jesus was white.
Their savior has made so many empty promises that no president could do, which shows that he supports white supremacy far more than he supports God’s teaching and words. Let’s be real clear that the GOP’S real engagement is with identity politics, not religion and like during slavery this is a tactic used to justify the evil that they do. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…