For the last five years, the religious right has worked overtime to bully the country into bowing down to Donald Trump. The nation’s so-called moral guardians think we as a nation should revel in the greatness Trump has supposedly brought us. They have done so even as Trump mishandled the response to the coronavirus eight ways to Sunday.
In many respects, Trump’s boorish and depraved nature has rubbed off on many of his diehard evangelical supporters. How else do you explain the religious right circling the wagons around Trump after he was impeached? While most of the nation saw Trump using the power of his office to bully a foreign government into joining a politically motivated investigation into Joe Biden, the religious right saw an attempt to “impeach our values”–one that was driven by demons.
If there was any doubt of how much the religious right has taken on Trump’s character, it was erased in the immediate aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday. At least two prominent pro-Trump pastors saw fit to revel in Ginsburg’s death–and even went as far as to call it a move of God.
First up, Frank Amedia, founder and leader of the pro-Trump prayer network POTUS Shield. During a livestream on Saturday, Amedia exulted at the news of Ginsburg’s death. For some time, Amedia has prophesied that Trump would get the chance to fill three Supreme Court seats. He’d been wondering if he’d missed something, but Ginsburg’s death led him to ask, “How about the Lord?”
On Sunday, Amedia shared a message to his Facebook followers that he’d written the previous afternoon, in which he argued that Ginsburg’s death was an answered prayer.
Not to be outdone, pro-Trump “apostle” Robert Henderson used the weekly service at his church in Waco, Texas to take a victory lap of his own. Henderson claimed that Ginsburg’s death came just days after he and other Trumpvangelicals prayed for a chance to strengthen the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Henderson claimed that on Monday, he’d been led to pray for a divine judgment against “the lion in the spirit realm that is seeking to devour.” He believed this lion was devouring “from the Supreme Court,” and sought “a judgment against this lion that Paul said God shut the mouth of.” Ginsburg died four days later, leading Henderson to declare, “That’s no accident.”
Later, Henderson thundered that unless we roll back abortion, it would open the door for “demonic powers” to run wild in this country. Apparently that was aimed at those who thought it was unseemly to revel in Ginsburg’s death.
The Republicans have already begun the process of replacing Ginsburg before her family and the nation have a chance to mourn and before she can have a proper burial. While reality-based America may see this as ghoulish, apparently the religious right sees fit to revel in it. After all, they believe their prayers are about to be answered in full measure. That says a lot about the Trumpvangelicals–and it isn’t good.
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