Further Doctrines of the Church of Donald J. Trump

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:

Pittsburgh Not Paris DC Rally, 6/3/17 Trump supporters gathered in front of the White House to celebrate the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. Photo by Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr.

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.

Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Donald Trump, authoritarians united in denying climate change, the human rights of their citizens, and the risks of the coronavirus. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour, on Flickr)

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.

Justice Clarence Thomas (R) administered the oath of office to Amy Coney Barrett at the White House on 10/26/2020. Photo from The White House on Wikimedia Commons: Public Domain

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.

Crowd of insurrectionists storming the US Capitol on 1/6/2021 following direct incitement by the outgoing occupant of the White House. Photo by TapTheForwardAssist on Wikimedia Commons.

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.

A Nazi St. George kills the dragon. End cover in: Gustav Adolf Karl Closs: Four lectures on coats of arms, Publishing House for Family Research and Heraldry, Görlitz 1937. On Wikimedia Commons.

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? 

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6 thoughts on “Further Doctrines of the Church of Donald J. Trump”

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    It is interesting to me that Thomas Aquinas was excommunicated by Holy ‘Father’ Church, but made a saint posthumously. Several centuries later Matthew Fox, also a Dominican, ‘exhumed’ Aquinas after translating his previously ‘buried’ manuscripts. Fox then ‘interviewed’ and reintroduced Aquinas to the world in full context of his insights. Then lo and behold, Holy ‘Father’ Church stepped in once more and excommunicated Fox.
    Go figure….

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    Thanks so much for these meditations on the Church of Donald J Trump. They ring absolutely true! What are your thoughts on sharing these on my fb pages. I try not to be inflammatory but struggle with this. I try to post positive messages and I know from experience that sharing my message with family members “who deny and don’t want to hear” gets nowhere and so we have come to a kind of truce. It’s hard!

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    Re. your picture of the Nazi St. George: for those not aware, the Swastika is “named from the Sanskrit ‘so be it’, or ‘amen’…has been a religious emblem of worldwide occurrence since at least 10,000 BC…and been found in Asia Minor, Greece, China, Persia, Libya, Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland. It was still used as a magic sign in Europe up to the beginning of the twentieth century….It was adopted by Hitler’s Third Reich on the supposition that it was a ‘pure Aryan’ sign. This was not true.” (Barbara Walker’s “Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects”). Another example of the co-opting by the Patriarchy of the Sacred Feminine.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Thank you for your comment. I have done research concerning the Swastika as well and you are right. Its origin goes back long before the Nazis ever existed. But what ever good it meant in the past–one example: seeing statues of the Buddha with a Swastika on its chest–it is still in the present a symbol of evil, darkness, and death…

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    Beatrice Bureau also writes in a The Holy Thursday Revolution, in her chapter titled Friendship, Communion and Politics – we all must be ready to carry the message of repentance, forgiveness, mercy and blessing to our worst enemies. We all have our Ninevehs, as individuals, nations, races, religions, etc. Under the Domination Paradigm, in terms of its psychology, we resist the very idea that our enemies should find favor in God’s sight. We don’t want to admit that they are also made in the image of God. So we struggle with God about it. It’s a hard struggle and we continue to be a little out of joint as a result. Historically we haven’t given up the struggle – the wars and the exploitation and the private quarrels are still going on – but God hasn’t given up. Special persons rise up within the wisdom traditions time and time again, with the same message, which is change your way of thinking-feeling-seeing and that effort will change the way we choose to live together, as we try to make these transitions rooted in Divine Love, that is more JUST, than justice.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Yes, all are made in the image of God, and all are the kin of God. But all have also “fallen short of the glory of
      God.” That is why both John the Baptist and Jesus preached the good new of repentance, which does not refer penance, but rather comes from the Greek word, “metanoia.” And what does “metanoia” mean? It means to change one’s way of thinking–and as you add feeling add seeing…

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