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Saturday, September 8, 2018

When you read an Opinion page letter like the one titled “Are you tired of winning yet?” in The Daily Reflector on Sept. 5, you have to wonder, “is this guy serious?” The answer, sadly, is ”yes he is!” And unfortunately, there are millions of Americans with the same narrow mindset: people who still fail to see President Trump’s pathologic personality and all the harm he is causing to our climate, our economy, our safety, our standing in the world, our basic human rights, and on and on.

To use the names Jesus and Trump in the same sentence seems absurd. Trump is the very antithesis of Jesus: Jesus preached love, humility and charity, and Trump spews hate, boastfulness and the accruing of as much personal wealth as possible. Jesus, by all accounts, never owned a thing, and Trump exhibits an insatiable appetite for earthly possessions.

How can someone who calls himself a Christian support a self-centered, bigoted, misogynistic, dishonest, climate-change denying, draft-dodging, pervert? If prayers were going to help Donald Trump, they would have helped a long time ago. Instead, his reign continues, perpetrating long lasting divisive polices and appointments that will enable the rich, hurt the poor and cause the disenfranchisement of so many Americans who aren’t white or don’t hold the same beliefs as Vic Corey.

There’s no spiritual war going on in this nation as Corey asserts. This is a democracy and there are lots of differences of opinions, religions, races and lifestyle choices. Christianity does not rule, and we all lose if we let our belief systems and our politics intertwine.

Bill Redding

Greenville

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