Those of you who read my blog (blackwhiteorgray.com) know that I have been harshly critical of national evangelical Christian leaders who peddle an intolerant, disrespectful, anti-immigrant, and generally hateful political agenda.
Like many Americans I have been brokenhearted by the senseless slaughter of so many of our young people. I have desperately searched for a common thread in all these violent episodes.
Trump and Netanyahu celebrated the United States moving its embassy from Tele Aviv to Jerusalem with Israeli solders killing Palestinians protesting the loss of their future capital city. That made for great optics!!
On Friday of this week Christine Flowers, an opinion writer, wrote an editorial critical of the City of Philadelphia for severing the contractual relationship it had with Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services.
I recently had occasion to explore the issue of DACA with an evangelical Christian friend I have known for close to 40 years. He is university educated, a good husband and father. I thought I knew him well. I had always thought he had an objective and sincere interest in the welfare of other human beings.
I recently posted my concern about a secret group of national religious leaders exercising what I consider unreasonable influence on the Trump Administration. That prompted one of my readers to claim that I obviously hate Christians.
I recently participated in a geriatric focus group discussing the challenges of aging. At one point the discussion leader asked us how we felt about our spiritual health. Most others talked about the strength of their faith and the comfort that it gave them. I said that my spiritual health had never been better, though I claim no faith. Of course that lead to a longer discussion, but it was all respectful.
Those of us who have observed Donald Trump over the past 30 years know he is and has always been a fraud! He has regularly cheated small businesses out of millions of dollars he owes them for completed construction contracts. He practiced racial exclusion in his real estate business against federal law until the Justice Department caught up with him. But since his election last year I have been more worried about the future of my grandchildren in a Trump style America.
Following is a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch I wrote in late December of 2016. It was written to express the concerns many of my neighbors and I felt about the reality of a Trump Presidency. The letter was published in the Dispatch in its entirety at that time.
Self explanatory letter to Senator Rob Portman delivered via email.