Presidential historian Jon Meacham shamed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for suggesting that President Donald Trump had a divine purpose in his foreign policy on Israel.
A reporter from the Christian Broadcasting Network asked whether Trump had been given a mission from God to “save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace,” and the secretary of state said, as a Christian, he believed “that’s possible.”
“There is an extraordinarily important tradition in western culture, mostly in America, of separating the kingdom of the world from the Kingdom of God,” Meacham said. “It’s important because we’re warned in the Judeo-Christian tradition that you should not put your trust in princes.”
The historian explained that the wall of separation between church and state was intended to protect religion from government, and he warned that eroding those protections would corrupt the practice of faith.
“The Augustinian journey of the soul of the world trying to get back home to its real home in heaven, which is an ancient tradition, that was the central undertaking,” Meacham said. “When we start ordaining and investing our mortal, flawed, frail selves with divine properties, we confuse ourselves — it’s idolatry, really.”
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough agreed, and he called out evangelical hypocrites.
“It’s idolatry, and again, evangelicals who were very critical of Barack Obama when he said things like, ‘We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for,’ and other people referred to him as ‘Black Jesus,’ they were so offended by that,” Scarborough said. “Yet here we have people elevating this man to Old Testament, biblical stature, a man again — you’re right, all who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, I have done it so much, I would never cast stones.”
“But here is a man who has said repeatedly that he has never felt the need to ask God for forgiveness, he’s never felt the need to ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins,” Scarborough added. “It is a strange, strange thing to watch the idolatry for this man, in particular, by some evangelical Christians, who, if they actually read the New Testament, should know better.”
John Oliver cites Donald Trump’s final offer for Greenland: ‘$200 and I’ll throw in Don Jr.’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's favorite highlight of the week was, of course, President Donald Trump's decision that he wanted to buy Greenland.
In his opener Sunday, the HBO host said that he wasn't all that surprised given Trump's track record.
"Of course, he f*cking did. Of course, he did. Greenland is icy, distant and autonomous is exactly Trump's type," Oliver said, showing a photo of Trump with the first lady.
Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge
Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.
“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”
Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war
President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.
"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."