The Bible According To Trump

The Bible, Donald Trump told a crowd of some two thousand eight hundred people on Tuesday, is his favorite book, even beating The Art of the Deal, which he authored. He was addressing a rally at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, Michigan, where they paid $25 each to hear him speak.

According to HNGN, he made this unscripted reference to the Bible during his 52-minute speech when a woman waved a copy of his book The Art of the Deal. He acknowledged it as being his second-favorite book of all time and named the Bible as his number one favorite book.

Known for his politically incorrect stance, the real estate billionaire easily endorsed the Bible, which also bears the notoriety of being politically incorrect.

Meanwhile, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, city officials were busy deleting Biblical quotes from official Facebook posts in response to a complaint from a radical atheist organization. According to Christian News, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) based in Madison, Wisconsin, wrote Mayor Harrold Perrin a letter asking that whoever is posting the religious sayings on Facebook must cease and desist.

Two of the posts in question are “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Have a great day!” and “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.” In asking the administrator of the Dispatch Jonesboro Facebook page to delete the posts, the letter gave the following reasoning.

“It is inappropriate for Dispatch Jonesboro to indicate a preference for Christianity and religion by quoting the Christian Bible, posting prayers, and sharing posts asking people to pray on the official dispatcher Facebook page. This proselytizing message gives the appearance of government endorsement of Christianity. It also conflicts with personal religious and nonreligious views of many city residents and employees.”

This refutation of the country’s heritage ignored one important point, that the British North American colonies eventually coalescing into the United States of America were founded by people fleeing Europe to protect their religious beliefs. Christianity was the stuff Americans worked with to frame their constitution and build their nation.

With this backdrop, “In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956.

The resulting debate in social media over political correctness revolves around the term’s definition. The Merriam-Websters dictionary defines being politically correct as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”

Following the general trend, the Oxford University Press in the U.K. has come up with a politically correct Bible, replacing such terms as “Son of Man” with “The Humane One” and “Father” with “Father-Mother.” The move disregards a clear-cut directive on Deuteronomy 2:4.

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your GOD which I command you.”

Comments on social media brought the following personal definitions of political correctness. Political correctness is being nice instead of being true. It is a way of lying in order not to hurt people’s sensitivities. It favors making right sound wrong or wrong sound right in order to be acceptable. It perverts the obvious. It is intellectual dishonesty because it caters to the lowest common denominator to win popular approval.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Mayor Harrold Perrin stand on opposite ends of political correctness. And the Bible.

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