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God for sale


Step right up! For only $59.99 you can get your very own Donald Trump-endorsed Bible. Now, in addition to Holy Scriptures, this new improved version also includes the lyrics to “God Bless The USA.”

That’s right. The Republican nominee for President of the United States wants you to put aside your old family Bible and empty your wallet for a new version where Lee Greenwood’s words share the same stage as the apostles’.

But wait, there’s more. On the same site you can also purchase a Lee Greenwood “God Bless the USA” 40th Anniversary Coin, and a “Make America Pray Again” hat. Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover card accepted.

Welcome to the new re-branded Christianity where everything is up for sale.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution doesn’t forbid the mingling of politics and faith. It only prohibits the establishment of an official government religion. So Donald Trump is free to sell the Word of God. But at what cost?

A 2022 Gallup study reveals that 72% of Republicans rated the nation’s moral values as poor. Yet what of their twice-divorced, twice-impeached standard-bearer? Republicans compare Trump to Jesus and buy the “God Bless The USA” Bible.

The First Amendment protects the freedom of religion. It doesn’t protect religion from those who feel free to shamelessly exploit it.

Unless it’s been redacted, this new Bible probably still contains core teachings such as the part that implores us to defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31: 8-9), and the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus (the original Jesus of love and compassion, not of grievance and retribution) tells us no one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

The question is whether anyone will read this Bible, or will they just hide behind it at the next Trump rally.

Dana Rollins lives in Langhorne.

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