“A new survey suggests that an increasing number of Republicans view Donald Trump as a person of faith, with Trump earning higher ratings than even some of the more vocally religious members of the Grand Old Party, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Mitt Romney.”
The New Republic
A person of faith has a firm belief in something for which there is no scientific or empirical evidence; the believers of the three greatest monotheistic religions base their beliefs on sacred texts that have been revised countless times and that were written thousands of years ago.
Religion motivates some people to live moral lives, and they are for all practical purposes useful and trustworthy members of society. But almost all wars and genocides have been committed in the name of God, it’s “persons of faith” who fly planes into skyscrapers, enslave indigenous populations, demonize the LGBT community and persecute racial minorities, treat women like second-class citizens and commit all sorts of despicable crimes.
An intelligent person doesn’t base his decision to vote for a politician on whether or not they are a person of faith. History has taught us that politicians who wrap themselves in the clothes of religiosity are the biggest scoundrels, thus the proverb: religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.
If you asked me which politician could best be characterized as a person of faith these name would come to mind:
Mike Pence wears religion on his sleeve, he’s always invoking the name of God and he attends church on a regular basis. Joe Biden is a devout Catholic who attends Mass every Sunday and always carries rosary beads in his pocket. Mitt Romney is a strict Mormon who doesn’t drink, smoke or use profane language, and his faith informs his politics and personal behavior.
Donald Trump the twice-divorced, twice-impeached, four-times indicted, pathological liar, and serial sexual predator is the last person on Earth I would characterize as a person of faith.
But Republicans, especially white evangelicals, are enamored with the sociopath and they worship the orange abomination as their messiah. An astounding 64 percent of Republicans view Trump as a person of faith, according to a HarrisX poll in November, up from 53 percent in a similar poll conducted in October.
To be clear white evangelicals don’t consider a person of faith to be a someone who embodies the peaceful, gentle, loving and compassionate spirit of Jesus Christ, but someone who embodies the evil, vindictive and ruthless nature of the antichrist.
Evangelicals are besotted with Trump precisely because he’s a ruthless, vindictive asshole who will put migrants, blacks, Latinos and gays and lesbians in their place. They expect him to reward them for their loyalty be turning our democracy into a White Nationalist Christian theocracy.
It’s incumbent upon Americans who want to save our democracy from Donald Trump and his legions of “people of faith” by voting for Joe Biden.