Donald Trump often pretends that he’s religious. And yet, though he’s repeatedly been asked what his favorite Bible verse is, he always demurs, saying it’s a personal matter and he’d rather not discuss it. In other words, he doesn’t have any favorite verses because it’s doubtful he’s even read the Bible.
And now a California Congressman is calling the president out for his phony pandering to the religious right.
Congressman Jared Huffman (D) told the Washington Post there’s “too much religion” in American politics, adding:
“I don’t believe in religious tests, and I don’t believe my religion is all that important to the people I represent and I think there’s too much religion in politics.”
Huffman also said the way Trump tries to use religion is especially galling to him:
“I’ve seen religion wielded in such negative ways around here, lately. Trump does it all the time, so implausibly.”
As for himself, Huffman says he doesn’t identify as an atheist and prefers the term humanist:
“I suppose you could say I don’t believe in God. The only reason I hesitate is — unlike some humanists, I’m not completely closing the door to spiritual possibilities. We all know people who have had experiences they believe are divine…and I’m open to something like that happening.
“I’m not hostile to religion, and I’m not judging other people’s religious views.”
Trump, keep in mind, has said the following about his own beliefs:
- On whether or not he had ever asked God for forgiveness, Trump commented: “I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
- On communion: “When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed.”
Featured Image Via NBC News