We are discussing the zealous believers in the Church of Donald J. Trump and the doctrines they preach. Besides the doctrines listed yesterday, there are these:
Denial is a virtue.
Climate change does not exist and it is okay to turn over public lands to fossil fuel companies that will continue to pump poison and CO2 into the atmosphere, guaranteeing more heating of the planet.
Seas are not rising; the planet is not getting hotter; hurricanes are not getting more frequent; wildfires aren’t so bad; humans have nothing to do with the burning of the planet.
Animals suffering from climate change (one billion were killed in Australian fires two summers ago) are on their own.
Rainforests exist for people and corporations to make money on.
Immigrants are evil people and have no right to aspire to become Americans.
Science is to be shunned.
There exist “alternative facts.”
Men ought to tell women what to do with their bodies.
The Koch brothers are heroes for investing in creating young lawyers who become a gene pool for judges that will carry on the Trump religion in the courts for generations to come.
A Democratic president cannot appoint a Supreme Court judge in the final year of his presidency, but Republicans can do so up to the last minute of a final term–even while a presidential election is in process.
Tyranny and worship of one man is a better political philosophy than democracy. (See this DM for a fuller elaboration of what tyranny means according to Thomas Aquinas).
Donald J. Trump is infallible.
Donald J. Trump and his true believers will determine the common good for everyone else.
Elections one loses don’t matter and can be overturned by whatever means (including violent invasions of places of vote counting) when Pope Trump says so.
Oaths such as those lawmakers make to the constitution do not matter in the presence of the Trump church.
Police are to be respected only when they are not interfering with the Church of Donald J. Trump when it goes on a rampage. Then they are subject to torture and murder.
Media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch and his Fox News and Breitbart and their version of news as well as hate radio a la Rush Limbaugh and his copycatters are the officially anointed press corps, a religious order to deliver the church’s message to the faithful.
Only the faithful are saved. No one else. It is us vs. them.
Other tyrants in history, slaveholders and Hitler too, are often misunderstood.
Patriarchy must reign at all costs.
“Fatalistic self-hatred” is one of the most cherished dogmas, to accompany the commitment to Patriarchy.
Spread your fatalistic self-hatred to the society at large (don’t wear masks during coronavirus for example. “Real men don’t wear masks.”)
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society;
Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, pp. 282-285.
Banner Image: The adoring faithful meet the object of their adoration at his Tulsa rally. Photo by thru_the_glass on Flickr.
Do you agree with any of these doctrines? Why or why not?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God