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Trumpvangelicals use Christianity to oppress minorities — the #SlaveholderReligion hashtag highlights how

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Christianity has long been used by tyrants to justify oppression, but a new Twitter hashtag highlights the ways so-called followers of Christ use “slaveholder religion” to oppressive ends in the Trump era.

The term “slaveholder religion” has recently been popularized by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, whose book Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion hit shelves earlier this year. In an interview with the Religion News Service, Wilson-Hartgrove traced the lineage of the term to Frederick Douglass, who “made this distinction in the 19th century between the Christianity of the slaveholder and the Christianity of Christ.”

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“Douglass knew that the slavemaster called himself Christian and had a whole way or reading the Bible and understanding God that went along with that,” the North Carolinian author and activist told RNS. “Douglass also knew Jesus for himself, and knew that he was a Christian. And that these two ways of living out the faith that go by the name of Christianity were diametrically opposed.”

Wilson-Hartgrove likely has inspiration from a more recent African American icon: Dr. William Barber, a North Carolinian reverend whose resurgence of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People Campaign counts the author as one of its members.

While Wilson-Hartgrove has brought “slaveholder religion” into the world of Christian publishing, Rev. Barber has introduced it into the consciousness of his social media followers through the #SlaveholderReligion hashtag.

On Wednesday, Barber called out “Christian nationalist” and Trump spiritual adviser Paula White for insisting that Jesus’ status as a refugee is different than people who enter American borders without documents. The president’s spiritual adviser argued that people are taking the Bible “out of context” with their comparisons between Christ and Central Americans fleeing violence — a distinction Barber suggested is an example of the slaveholder religion mentality.

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“Jesus was a refugee & did break the law,” Rev. Barber tweeted. “He was crucified as a felon under Roman law.”

He called White a “Christian nationalist” and charged her with “enabling injustice” with her Biblical interpretations that echo the slaveholder religion ethos.

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“If we don’t help people name & condemn #SlaveholderReligion, they are left to believe this is the teaching of the church,” the reverend continued. Trump & the GOP have elevated Christian nationalism to a place where many confuse it w/orthodox faith.”

Barber then wrote that he is “prayerfully joining” Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, his Poor People’s Campaign co-chair, along with Oakland, California’s Bishop Yvette Flunder and Wilson-Hartgrove “to challenge Trumpvangelicals to a public conversation about what the Bible really says.”

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Along with links to the current immigration debate, the #SlaveholderReligion hashtag also took on another Trump target recently when Wilson-Hartgrove identified it as the mentality behind recently-resigned EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s claim that God was with him in his tenure in the administration.

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“The most obviously corrupt Cabinet official in recent history resigns in the name of family values, contending that God made his [grift] possible & praying continued blessings on the object of his idolatry,” the author tweeted.

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Here are the two Trump claims that the Pentagon chief refused to vouch for

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The White House meeting Wednesday afternoon didn't go well for either party, according to their counterparts. Both sides are dishing on details, including a Democratic aide who said that there were two of President Donald Trump's claims that his own Pentagon chief wouldn't vouch for.

At the onset of the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began by reading a quote from Gen. James Mattis, who briefly served in Trump's administration.

"But POTUS cut Schumer off," reported PBS News correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Trump then "said that Gen Mattis was: 'the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month."

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Former Clinton lawyer scolds Trump’s White House counsel on impeachment: ‘we never considered’ behaving this way

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"In 1998, we felt under siege," wrote Breuer. "We argued at the time, as you do in your letter, that Congress should provide additional procedural protections to the president ... For example, instead of conducting its own investigation, the committee relied almost exclusively on [independent counsel Ken] Starr’s report, which had serious flaws. The House took only three months to adopt articles of impeachment, and we had only two days to present our witnesses. The president’s personal lawyer, David Kendall, had only 30 minutes to question Starr. We felt this was deeply unfair and a derogation of the House’s constitutional duty to investigate thoroughly whether impeachment was warranted."

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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