Trump is Killing God

The old gods are aging or are already dead, and others are not yet born.
~ Émile Durkheim

And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
~ Matthew 4 : 19

Holocaust, Crusades, Zionism, Jihad
Ras Kass, God body MC
18th letter, Jay Hova, God’s son and me
My freestyles ain’t free
Impossible like one divinity divided into three
~ Ras Kass

I never said [Donald Trump] was the best example of the Christian faith. He defends the faith. And I appreciate that very much.
~ Franklin Graham
In the 2016 Presidential election, eighty-one per cent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. In April 2018, Doug Birdsall, the honorary chair of the Lausanne Movement, an international evangelical organization, invited evangelical leaders to a meeting that was “prompted by the challenges of distortions to evangelicalism that have permeated both the media and culture since the 2016 election.” More than fifty pastors, scholars, and college presidents met at the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College in Illinois.

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Trump’s Devil Cocktail

The idea that immigrants are coming to kill you is a persistent motif in [Trump’s] scripted speeches — the formal addresses that are supposed to be the hallmarks of statesmanship, the moments when other presidents “truly become president of the United States.”
Most politicians have more than one way to talk about the enemies of the American people. Most have more than one way to express sympathy for Americans going through hard times. Most have more than one way to assure America that they can keep its people safe. Trump only has the one note, and he has played it literally every time he’s been called on to talk like a president.
Stories change the way our brain works and potentially change our brain’s chemistry.

Empathic storytelling changes brain chemistry

Storytelling and brain chemistry

Cortisol focuses our attention and oxytocin creates a sense of care, connection, and empathy.

The Defense Department has funded this type of research.

The Devil's Cocktail
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Can Jesus Make a Payroll?

“C’mon seven, I need to make payroll this week.”

Why do conservative Christians like Donald Trump?
It’s a question that has stumped pollsters, religion scholars, journalists, and pundits for the last few years.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed shock at the conditions in which migrant children are being held. Jerry Falwell, Jr., who inherited his role as Liberty University’s president from his televangelist father, wasn’t very happy.

On June 26th, President Trump spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Road to Majority Policy Conference where he said:
Jerry Falwell is a friend of mine, and he was with me right from the beginning, and he’s so happy about it…. he did say, and so did Pastor Robert Jeffress, a great friend of mine, he said ‘Our president may not be the best at the Bible … but he’s the best for us.’

Are Christianity and capitalism one and the same?
In January 2016, Franklin Graham launched a nationwide “campaign for God” to urge Christians to get out and vote in 2016.

Socialism is Godless and we are going to take that direction if we are not careful…. This is the most important election in my lifetime. And when I say it’s big, the ramifications of this is going to be huge, if we continue down the socialistic tract that President Obama and the Democratic Party has taken us on these last few years.
~ Franklin Graham
Why do conservative Christians like Donald Trump?

Kevin Kruse, a historian at Princeton University, has a theory: This is an echo of an old alliance between White, evangelical Protestants and the corporate world. In his book One Nation Under God, published in 2015, Kruse argues that business titans joined forces with ministers and pastors following the Great Depression, pushing back against the New Deal with a kind of “Christian libertarianism.” Later, Dwight Eisenhower took their arguments—that freedom from government is a necessary part of freedom under God—and transformed them into messages about America: “In God We Trust” was adopted as the national motto and added to U.S. currency, and “under God” was tacked onto the pledge of allegiance. In turn, Kruse argues, Nixon used the newly minted image of America as a “Christian nation” to justify many of his policies.

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Trump is a Defender of the Christian Faith

President Trump, with Vice-President Pence and faith leaders at the White House in September, 2017, has enjoyed strong support from evangelical Christians.

Along with 300+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.
Will you join us?

Franklin Graham Signature

Franklin Graham
President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

I never said [Donald Trump] was the best example of the Christian faith. He defends the faith. And I appreciate that very much.
~ Franklin Graham
In the 2016 Presidential election, eighty-one per cent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. In April 2018, Doug Birdsall, the honorary chair of the Lausanne Movement, an international evangelical organization, invited evangelical leaders to a meeting that was “prompted by the challenges of distortions to evangelicalism that have permeated both the media and culture since the 2016 election.” More than fifty pastors, scholars, and college presidents met at the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College in Illinois.
Wheaton College was founded by evangelical abolitionists in 1860. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad and graduated one of Illinois’ first African-American college graduates, Edward Breathitte Sellers, in 1866. Billy Graham, Franklin’s father, graduated from Wheaton in 1943.
Participants included the Presbyterian pastor Timothy Keller, A. R. Bernard, the African-American pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Jim Wallis.
God knows what He’s doing.
~ A. R. Bernard

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Trump is LOSING against China

Dietrich Bonhoeffer championed a radical interpretation of Jesus and ethics that was validated by his resistance to the Nazis and his execution by them. He cultivated his ethical core, which led to his death, out of the his fervent desire to encounter a meaningful and truthful experience with Christian theology in the person of Jesus. That understanding and relationship developed from his year of study in New York City when he encountered the black Christ who suffered with African Americans in a white supremacist world.

On May 15th, President Donald Trump issued an executive order declaring a national emergency to block transactions that involve information or communications technology that “poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.” The Department of Commerce followed up, listing Huawei and dozens of other Chinese firms as risks to American national security, prohibiting them from selling or buying in the U.S. market.
So, is Trump “winning” against China? Short answer: No!

Reuters / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The red, white and blue banners for U.S. President Donald Trump’s second-term campaign are ready to ship, emblazoned with the words “Keep America Great!” But they are made in eastern China and soon could be hit by punitive tariffs of Trump’s own making as he ratchets up a rancorous trade dispute with Beijing. REUTERS/Aly Song

To become effective, future American leadership must transcend the stubborn rationalism of neoliberalism and White supremacy, and embrace an adequate form of spirituality.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake hands in Rome, Italy.

In March, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the Italian capital of Rome holding talks with Italian leaders and witnessing the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation documents, including a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on jointly advancing the construction of the Belt and Road.

“I have held in-depth and friendly talks and meetings with Italian officials, including the president,” Mr Xi said referring to his on-going four-day state visit to Italy. Before leaving, He attended a grand seeing-off ceremony hosted by his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella.

Carnival of Viareggio 2019 17 Feb 2019. A giant, godlike President Trump float made its debut on the first day of one of Italy’s most famous carnival events this weekend. The Carnevale Di Viargeggio festival in Viareggio, Italy, is attended by about 600,000 people.

Saying “the mutual trust and the practical cooperation between our two sides in various areas have been deepened,” Mr Xi called on China and Italy to further intensify high-level exchanges to advance their comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

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Weakling Trump: The Naked Emperor

Scratch a tyrant and you’ll find a weakling. Pressure a weakling and you’ll find tyrant.

Donald Trump is the Naked Emperor of White Supremacy getting his ass kicked by Winnie-the-Pooh.

The King Within

The feminist critique of patriarchal societies makes a great deal of sense. Patriarchy does tend to institutionalize a particular kind of masculinity, prone to exploiting and oppressing other human beings, other species, and the environment. But oppressive, “macho” societies deny men their mature masculinity as certainly as they degrade women and feminine attributes. Typically a small minority of underdeveloped males at the top of the social pyramid will control power and wealth to the exclusion of all others, male and female. They rank these others in a descending order of usefulness to themselves, and defend against them with all the force of their inflated self-regard. Patriarchy is therefore a manifestation of the infantile grandiosity suffered by its leader.


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China Needs Black Jesus

African American spirituality includes a tradition of Jesus that trusted in God to make a way out of no way.

Donald Trump is the Naked Emperor of White Supremacy getting his ass kicked by Winnie-the-Pooh.

[Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Trump’s The Art of the Deal] describes the hours he spent with Trump as “draining” and “deadening.” Schwartz told me that Trump’s need for attention is “completely compulsive,” and that his bid for the Presidency is part of a continuum. “He’s managed to keep increasing the dose for forty years,” Schwartz said. After he’d spent decades as a tabloid titan, “the only thing left was running for President. If he could run for emperor of the world, he would.”

“It’s not that Trump is telling these groups what to think. They have their own White supremacist ideology for many decades now. What Trump is doing, is legitimizing.”

Xi Jinping Winnie-the-Pooh

The United States is currently in conflict with China, and in the eyes of most of the world, the United States is losing badly.

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