Our satiric commentary concludes… Senator Lindsey Graham and other cardinals of the new Church of Donald J. Trump come bearing good news: There are New Beatitudes in town (the old ones clearly are so passe and have been practiced so frequently that they are worn down and beyond usefulness). Having been blessed with “alternative facts,” surely we are ready for alternative beatitudes.
Following are very special Beatitudes of the Church of Donald J. Trump (they are more than those of Jesus, but what did Jesus know anyway?),
Blessed are the rich for they will be assured tax relief and the poor and middle class will make up for the government losses.
Blessed are the powerful for they can make laws that guarantee they get their way including buying politicians and judges to enforce the laws they make.
Blessed are those who lie publicly at rallies and in the media when they lose elections by 7 million votes, for the truth will never catch up with them.
Blessed is he who whips up angry mobs to interfere with electoral counting in the nation’s capitol that results in 7 deaths, for he will be exonerated.
Blessed are those who deny climate change, for their grandchildren and great, great grandchildren will deal with the rising seas, increased hurricanes and wild fires and migrations that follow.
Blessed are those who pursue oil and gas development everywhere, for their stockholders will become rich.
Blessed are those who burn up rainforests, for who needs healthy air anyway?
Blessed are those who can live in penthouses with golden toilets and air conditioners that clean the air that is killing others, for they know so well the suffering of others.
Blessed are the violent, for they will get their way.
Blessed are the hypocrites, for they will always succeed in keeping power.
Blessed are those who believe all men are empowered to tell women what to do with their bodies, for they will be rewarded with abortions only for the rich and famous.
Blessed are those who hate liberals and democrats for they will win elections and get good paying jobs at Fox and Breitbart and Rushland radio stations.
Blessed are those who have left their consciences at the door of the Church of Donald J. Trump, for they do not ever have to think for themselves again
Blessed are the fearful, for they will not lose elections and will whip up many fearful followers.
Blessed are those who aspire to Patriarchy for their reptilian brains will never sleep and never yield.
Blessed are those who think compassion is for sissies for they will never have to forgive others or sacrifice for others.
Blessed are those who declare they never take responsibility for their actions, for they are operating in the way of their Master (Donald J. Trump).
Blessed are those whose god is Donald J. Trump, for they need never be bothered about the common good or justice that derives from it again.
Blessed are those who sell their souls for peanuts, for they have achieved a real bargain.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul “and Society
Also see Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men.
Banner Image: Grand Ballroom, Mar-a-lago. Photo by sergio_leenen on Flickr.
Do you recognize a certain satire in this effort to name the new “Beatitudes” in town? Do you see that as an effective way to laugh at folly and move beyond it? Why or why not?
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