Trump Pius the First
Well, this can’t be good.
Pope Francis, that apolitical, unbiased leader of the Roman Catholic church, is sticking his nose in American politics again.
This time, il Papa is taking aim at Donald Trump, saying that anybody who thinks only of building walls and not building bridges is not a Christian.
Now, far be it from me to come to Trump’s defense, but, your Holiness? Shut up. The United States of America is a sovereign nation. If the US wishes to construct a border wall with Mexico in order to preserve our sovereignty and secure the safety of the American people and our economy, we have every right to do that. Jesus said render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. It is a nation’s responsibility to protect itself and its citizens. Securing our border benefits the United States both from a national security standpoint, and from an economic standpoint. And, don’t forget, your Holiness. You have one fancy wall surrounding Vatican City.
That being said, the Pope’s criticism of Donald has got Trump sputtering with rage.
You see, the man who has questioned Ted Cruz’s being a Christian and mocked Ben Carson’s supposed “come to Jesus moment,” doesn’t take kindly to having the Pope question his faith.
Silly Pontiff. Judging who is authentically a Christian is something only Donald Trump can do.
Didn’t you know that?
Taking to his Facebook page (seeing as Twitter only allows him 140 characters), Trump blasted Pope Francis for having the gall to do to him what he has been doing to others.
Among other things, Trump Pius the First said this:
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.
Yes, Donald it is disgraceful. And, you’re right, no leader should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.
How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
You know, the biggest liability to never shutting the hell up is it is infinitely more likely that you will open your gaping maw and insert your foot over and over again.
As that other Biblical scholar, Barack Obama once said in quoting some yet-to-be-seen apocryphal book of the Bible, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
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4 thoughts on “Trump Pius the First”
“I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President.” I think this is precisely the response Pope Francis wanted to hear — nothing like that has been heard from BHO in seven years; and none of the current candidates is as direct about it as DT.
Let’s face it, with cultural Marxism running rampant throughout the Christian countries of Europe and North America, who, if not the US, is going to defend The Faith? And the answer is an ominous but obvious one: Russia. For several years, Putin’s Russia has experienced a noteworthy growth in new Orthodox churches, more priests, greater church attendance, etc. Putin himself has become quite outspoken about his Christianity. Do I think Putin is using religion to build power? Absolutely. But right now, he along with Kirill have captured the leadership high ground on all things “Christian.” I don’t know that he’s donning a Knights Templar tunic, but I have little doubt he would win the “evangelical” vote for being the staunchest defender of The Faith at this point in time. Don’t you think Kirill, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, delivered that very message (given the moral self-destructiveness of The West, Russia is the only reliable defender of The Faith and the new Christian center of the world) to the Pope in that historic meeting last week? Remember, Kirill wrote a personal letter to Obama in 2013 asking for US help to save Christians in the Middle East. (“I am deeply convinced that the countries which belong to the Christian civilization bear a special responsibility for the fate of Christians in the Middle East.” https://mospat.ru/en/2013/09/10/news90831/ ) In all likelihood, his letter went straight into the trash can at the White House. So I can see why the Pope made the comment he did — it’s not really about the wall: hasn’t Pope Francis actually challenged all the candidates and America as a whole to step up and unite with our Christian brothers and sisters: “We bow before the martyrdom of those who, at the cost of their own lives, have given witness to the truth of the Gospel, preferring death to the denial of Christ. We believe that these martyrs of our times, who belong to various Churches but who are united by their shared suffering, are a pledge of the unity of Christians.” ( https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2016/february/documents/papa-francesco_20160212_dichiarazione-comune-kirill.pdf ) Trump has commanded the media from the onset of his campaign and Pope Francis appears to be using Trump to focus the greater attention on Christianity. Come on, candidates, what are your positions on Christian unity and defending The Faith?
Thanks for your succinct reply and spot on. I’m unable to further comment on your verbiage.
Trump said for a leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. Trump not only did it to Cruz but also to Ben Carson as well. Trump is a hypocrite with a capital H.
Didn’t I write that? Or am I imagining that?
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