$45 and you can prove yourself a True Believer Trump fan

AP/Sebastian Scheiner

” Before their Oval Office meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lavished praise on US President Donald Trump for, among other things, declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowing to fix or scrap the Iran nuclear deal.

In doing so, the Israeli leader likened Trump to Harry Truman, Lord Balfour — and Cyrus the Great.

” What gives with Cyrus?…Jewish tradition has been consistent in treating him as a pagan agent of God’s divine plan for Jews to return to the Land of Israel from their exile in Babylon…

” The idea that Trump is a modern-day Cyrus is particularly popular among evangelical Christians, in part to explain the gap between Trump’s, ahem, personal behavior and his support for policies that advance their agenda…Mike Evans told the Christian Broadcasting Network that Cyrus “was used as an instrument of God for deliverance in the Bible, and God has used this imperfect vessel, this flawed human being like you or I, this imperfect vessel, and he’s using him in an incredible, amazing way to fulfill his plans and purposes…”

John Fea, a professor of evangelical history at Messiah College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told Vox. “It’s the theopolitical version of money laundering, taking Scripture to … clean [up] your candidate.”

Um, OK. Theological money laundering probably makes as much sense as any other social or political attempt to make our fake president a savior.

One thought on “$45 and you can prove yourself a True Believer Trump fan

  1. 4theRecord says:

    “Trump’s executive order on campus anti-Semitism, explained : No, Trump isn’t reclassifying Judaism as a nationality. Here’s what he’s doing instead.” (VOX) https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/11/21010986/trump-executive-order-anti-semitism-college-campus
    “When the New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump was about to issue an executive order designed to crack down on anti-Semitic hate speech on college campuses, it sparked an immediate and understandable panic among liberals online.
    The order, which the Times did not quote or post, would in their description “effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion.” Commentators on Twitter extrapolated a disturbing similarity to Nazi-era laws on the status of Jews, and warned that the Trump administration would use this order to crack down on pro-Palestinian speech at American universities.
    But a draft of the executive order — published Wednesday morning by the news site Jewish Insider — is far less troubling than the Times made it out to be. The executive order has still not been officially issued, but according to the draft text, it does not redefine Judaism as a nationality. Instead, it appears to largely be a reiteration of 2010 guidance issued by the Obama administration aimed at providing a more expansive definition of anti-Semitism.”

    NYT: “Trump Targets Anti-Semitism and Israeli Boycotts on College Campuses : The president’s order would allow the government to withhold money from campuses deemed to be biased, but critics see it as an attack on free speech.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/us/politics/trump-antisemitism-executive-order.html

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