Let me ask you a question; is Trump’s mental picture of America, your America? He talks incessantly about Crime, hopelessness, and imagined terrorism. He is more concerned about his strange daughter’s loss of an account for her clothing line at Nordstrom than the future of the American people. In Trump’s world he sees refugees rushing across our borders at a rate of thousands an hour, each carrying a kalashnikov ak 47 rifle. He truly believes that he had the largest crowd in history at his inauguration. His ego demands that he is always right, including the dis-proven claim that three to five million illegals voted in November. He denies facts, including the truth that Hillary destroyed him in the popular vote by nearly three million ballots. Trump’s paranoia forces him to deny that he is a white supremacist; a failed businessman; and a sexual predator.
I remain uncertain if his mental state or his lack of all understanding regarding the duties and knowledge required of a president is more dangerous to our nation’s future.
Apparently Trump is totally unaware of the Christian religious right, and we know that he has never read the first amendment. He stated that churches, but only Christian churches, should be allowed to endorse political candidates. There are two ignorant aspects to his belief.
The Christian religious right is an unconstitutional lobby supporting the Republican Party. Although the policies they support are not the commandments of Jesus Christ, and are often opposed to them, they are relentless urging right wing extremists to fight against women’s rights and the rights of the LGBT community.
Most importantly, this is a violation of the first amendment. The first words are definitive, and protect us from religious tyranny supported by GOP politicians.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Comedian, Bill Maher, speaks my opinions of religion and the unfair advantages they are offered. The comedian said there are 300,000 religious congregations in the country that pay “no tax, no federal, state, or local, no income, sales or property tax,” yet they own $600 billion in property.
He continued by quoting L. Ron Hubbard: “If we levy taxes, sin taxes they call them on things that are bad to get people to stop doing them, why in heaven’s name don’t we tax religion?”
Lyndon B. Johnson was instrumental in passing the ‘Johnson Act’ as a senator in 1954. This law grants a federal tax exemption for nonprofit organizations, unless they become involved in politics or with a political candidate. So, here’s the question; why aren’t the churches involved in the Christian religious right forced to pay their fair share of taxes.
During my time in another career, I told young men and women that unless you are born into money, the only sure way of becoming extremely wealthy in our country today is to become a politician, or a television evangelist.
Once again, for the “gazillionth” time, Trump is wrong. Religions are already illegally involved in politics, but they should not be.
One of these days I hope to read one statement by Trump which is factual and makes sense.
By James Turnage
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