We’ve all seen and heard what Donald Trump has said in the public sphere…
“If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I’d be dating her.”
“… a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”
“@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”
“If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I mean, I’d look her right in that fat, ugly, face of hers, and I’d say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'”
On Christianity… “We’re gonna bring it back.”
“Build that wall, build that wall, build that wall…”
This and more brings to light that there is no doubt – Donald Trump is sexist, misogynistic, racist, bigoted, spiteful, immature, xenophobic, and all those other big words he cannot even pronounce.
He mocks disabled people, let’s his followers bully and physically harm attendees at his rallies, and he told Univision reporter Jorge Ramos, “… You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision,” after Ramos challenged Trump at a rally last year on his view of, “illegal immigration.”
But, there’s something that should be pointed out – that people are following and voting for him. And even worse, we all know at least one person who is voting for Donald Trump. I am embarrassed to say that I know at least three. I know several people close to me who voted for George W. Bush too. BOTH times! This was stunning enough to me. But, Donald Trump is different. Even Bush wasn’t as bad. And, I can’t believe I’m even writing that. Yet, it’s true. Donald Trump is a whole new piece of work.
Here’s the harsh truth.
Anyone who supports, in any way, and votes for Donald Trump, illustrates that they have no moral compass whatsoever. Supporters of Donald Trump illustrate that they are not on the side of humanity, or equality, or on the side of dignity. Supporters of Donald Trump do not understand the concept of grace, lack compassion, and have no understanding of the larger world at hand. Supporters of Donald Trump are bigoted, misled, misogynistic, sexist, and xenophobic. Those who support Donald Trump have no ethics, and are, clearly, if not outwardly racist, closet racists.
Harsh? Maybe. Truthful? Yes.
The worst part of Donald Trump supporters are the ones who claim to be Christian.
Who claim to stand with God.
Who claim that God is lost in our country and that we need to bring it back…
Christianity, that is.
I’m not sure about you, but my understanding of Christianity has nothing to do with, allows or calls for, or condones, any kind of morally corrupt behavior. My Christian practice allows for tolerance, kindness, compassion, love and understanding. Acceptance of all – regardless of race, religion, culture, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender. Of course, nothing is perfect, I understand this. Yet, the reality is, no one can claim to be a true person of religious faith if they support such hatred and rhetoric. Period.
Donald Trump does not stand on the side of justice. His behavior and those who applaud it, do not exhibit Christian theology or ideology. This behavior and stance is abhorrent and unacceptable. Donald Trump does not exemplify any Christian values. Heck. Donald Trump doesn’t exemplify any values – at all.
Hatred is hatred. Pure and simple. Donald Trump supporters can dress up his stance in a million ways – he’s a “good manager.” “He’s not as corrupt as Hillary.” “He sees the problem with immigration in our country.” Blah, blah, blah. Justification of such racism is just that. There is no morality in racism. There are no ethics in hate. There is no compassion in ignorance.
Every day I wonder if Americans will seriously be stupid enough to vote for a man who has no qualifications whatsoever to be the President of the United States. Every day I fear for my Muslim and my Mexican brothers and sisters, and wonder what their futures will be, if Trump is elected. Every day I wonder how our country has not evolved as I thought it had. Every day I wonder how I can even look my friends and family members who support such ignorance, in the eye, and not feel contempt. And more, I have such a huge loss of respect for anyone who supports Donald Trump.
I am at a loss, except to say that I am not afraid to speak out, even to those I love. I am not afraid to tell the truth and point out the obvious to the oblivious. I am proud to stand on the side of tolerance, understanding and love. I will not be a bystander to ugly behavior that harms people. Because that is where, as a Christian, I am supposed to stand. That is where God expects me to stand. Because that is where God stands.
It’s too bad that those who are blinded by their own fears can’t see God where She is standing. It’s their loss, and, I am afraid, might be America’s loss, if Trump were to win. How sad a state our country is in. And even more, that people are willing to follow someone horrible and greedy, with no morals, no ethics, and no regard for humanity whatsoever.
Karen Leslie Hernandez is a theologian and interfaith activist. With a focus in Christian-Muslim Understanding, as well as religious fundamentalism and extremism, Karen is the only theologian who is a Latina and a United Methodist, doing this type of theological work in the US. She has published with several media outlets including the Women’s United Nations Report Network, The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue/Studies, The Interfaith Observer, and she is the only Christian to publish an ongoing Op-Ed Column with OnIslam out of Cairo, Egypt. She loves to teach and last year designed and taught an Interfaith Dialogue workshop with Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Karen currently lives in San Francisco, is consulting with the United Religions Initiative, is an Ambassador with Parliament of the World’s Religions, and she also does Domestic Violence Faith Advocacy work across the US.
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