“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by others.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who clearly sees what is done in secret and He will reward you.
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words, but they won’t.
– Matthew 6.6
When US Republican Party sensation, Donald Trump, was asked about his then nearest rival to the Presidential nomination, Dr. Ben Carson, what he thought of his repeated evangelical utterings and his being a Seventh Day Adventist, Trump famously replied,” I don’t know anything about those. I’ve never heard of them. I am a Presbyterian.”
The interviewer must have spent a few moments scratching his head trying to figure out what being a Presbyterian or a Seventh Day Adventist had anything to do with being an effective head of government, but he was afraid to ask. He didn’t want to take the chance of getting shot by one of his bodyguards, Americans are so horribly steeped in a religion they know very little about.
On another occasion, Trump said his second favorite book was his own The art of the deal, but then his first favorite book, of course, was The Bible. When asked what his favorite passage from the bible was, he said – Well, that’s too personal. I can’t really get into that. So then the interviewer said – Is it the Old Testament or the New Testament, which is your favorite? Fidgeting uncomfortably, Trump said – I don’t know, they’re both equal, I guess. Trump actually had no clue and just wanted to seem pious.
Every American politician (especially the ones from the Republican Party) is a religiously brain-atrophied zombie who is essentially no better than a Mullah Omar or an Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Ben Carson once proclaimed that he went into the Presidential race because he ‘felt the fingers of God’ directing him to file his nomination papers.
I would like to ask Carson this – were those ‘fingers of God’ up your rear end when he told you to stand for Pres? I could get to believe that – after all, we all know where your brains are, don’t we, Benny?
Hold on, listen to what John Kasich, another Republican Presidential hopeful, said when he was popped the question last April at a ‘Meet the Press’ – are you standing for President? He said, “I’m waiting to see what the Lord wants me to do with the rest of my life.”
Now that John Kasich is running, one can assume that ‘the Lord’ has ordered him to run for president.
The others weren’t very far behind. Rick Santorum’s wife claims that she was told by God four years ago that her husband would be President. Of course we all know he was out on his sorry ass that time, beaten by Mitt Romney pretty early in the race. Maybe God failed to confirm to Mrs. Santorum the election cycle he was referring to and maybe it isn’t even this time – since Santorum’s current poll figures are as pathetic as hotentots from Pago Pago.
Maybe God meant that Rick Santorum shall live forever and be Pres a thousand years later, in 3016 AD. That certainly seems more plausible.
But Ted Cruz takes the absolute cake. Ted’s dad, who happens to be a ultra-conservative preacher with a flaming red neck, just believes that his son is going to be president. Ask him why he believes so and he is like one of those weathered, stoic and sturdy, pipe-smoking Siberian fishermen who just know when they will have their next polar bear haul – Daddy just believes Teddy will be President in 2016, period.
In every American election cycle, religion gets onto the center stage. ‘Good, God-Fearing Christians’ crawl out of the woodwork to listen to candidates wax eloquent about how God blesses Christian America. No wonder that America has the maximum number of churches, from the ultra-orthodox Amish to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In spite of there being serious burning issues that directly affect the health and well-being of ordinary Americans, those ordinary Americans would rather listen to a candidate promise to put the Ten Commandments back on public display on the wall above the Judge’s seat, in every courtroom in America. They will only vote for the one who says no to distraught, helpless women who want to abort their pregnancies. They will not rest till the teaching of evolution, Darwinism and natural selection are banned from classrooms.
I just heard in today’s news that over 30 Indian students have been deported back to India from an American airport for reasons that the American border officials have refused to specify even to Indian consular staff. I have to admit I have not had the chance to go into the details but 30 students? Really? 1 or 2 – I can understand that maybe something was wrong with their student visas, but 30? What is coming next – an America that will allow only white Christians in?
They say that necessity is the mother of all progress, but sayings that apply to others, do not always apply to America. Americans are looking forward to the day when they will no longer need the other nations in the world, content to live with their evangelists, their churches and their guns.