‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy: A Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator who represents many evangelicals got three phone calls from constituents complaining about Trump’s profanity after a recent rally.
The reference to gnats and camels comes in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 24. The preceding verse gives the context. In the words of the King James Bible,
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
It is the morning of May 19, 2017. Our President is headed to Saudi Arabia this afternoon.
Trump advocated for a total and complete ban on Muslim entry into the United States. He is reliably reported to have considered a registry of US Muslims. He believes “there is something going on with Muslims.” He has surrounded himself with Islamophobes. His asshole buddy, General Flynn, views Islam as a malignant ideology and a cancer, not a true religion. One of his current advisors has declined to comment on whether Islam is or is not an actual religion.
Let us hope that, during his time in the desert, Trump manages not to defame Prophet Mohammad, Peace Be Upon Him, or to blaspheme against Islam.
The folks in Saudi Arabia take these matters very seriously.