Right-wing religion and Trump profanity

August 30, 2019

Dear Editor:

The Second Commandment in the Hebrew Scripture states: “You shall not take the name of the Lord, your god, in vain.” 

Of late there has been some consternation amongst fundamentalist/evangelicals regarding Mr. Trump’s use of the phrase “god-damn” during his right-wing extremist rallies.  Last month he said it twice in one night during his rally:  “If you don’t support me, you are going to be so god damn poor.”  These are the conservative religious folk who are very supportive of Mr. Trump because he promotes their agenda and nominates for them right wing judges who will rule in their favor in order to force their religious beliefs on the rest of us who don’t believe and practice as they do and thereby violate the 1st Amendment right given to us all to practice or not practice any religion as we deem fit.

 Right wing religious folks appear to have a very shallow understanding of just what it means to take their Lord’s name in vain.  It means far more than just using god’s or the lord’s name to make a curse.  Mr. Trump has taken their god’s name in vain in more ways than just saying, “god damn.” 

 Mr. Trump took an oath, on the bible which represents the god he says he believes in, when he was sworn in to be President.  “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”   To make an oath that one does not intend to keep or fails to keep is to take the Lord’s name in vain.   There is strong evidence, revealed in the Mueller Report, that the Russians interfered with our 2016 Presidential election to favor Mr. Trump.  The Russians attacked our country for the purpose of favoring Mr. Trump and he knows it.  He also knows that they will attack us again in the 2020 presidential election but he denies this truth and refuses, along with Republicans that support him in the House and Senate, to do anything to protect our country from this attack.  This is a violation of his oath of office and thus he has taken the name of god in vain when he said, “…and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  This taking of god’s name in vain is ignored by his religious supporters. 

Mr. Trump made an oath when he was married to his present wife, Melania swearing to be faithful unto her so long as they both shall live.  Yet, numerous women have sworn that Mr. Trump had sexual relations with them even while married to Melania.  It has been shown in Justice Department documents that former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen arranged secret payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump in order to buy their silence during Trump’s 2016 campaign at the direction of Trump.  Trump religious supporters appear uncaring about this taking of their lord’s name in vain. 

I have to question the depth of the seriousness of these right-wing religious folks when it comes to their moral decency when they can become so shocked at Trump’s using a god’s name in a cursing manner but appear oblivious to his more serious atrocious sins against their almighty and his name and, more importantly, humanity, like his sins of infants and children taken from parents, and children and adults kept in cages without adequate food, clothing, and hygiene.  Where is their outrage against these sins?

The Rev. Bro.
Robert Barker

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