In his recent letter, William Carlisle reveals himself as the quintessential Trump hypocrite. He informs us that Trump - vis a vis the Democrats - 1) upholds Biblical principles, and 2) he’s all for the Constitution, 3) the family, and 4) the free enterprise system. Well, I’ll give Mr. Carlisle an A+ on the last one. I suppose, for a Republican, 1 out of 4 isn’t a bad batting average, though he’ll never make it to the majors.
Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that Trump is virtually ignorant of the contents of the Holy Bible (Recall “Two Corinthians?”), as he prefers Sunday golf to a sermon, even as his sycophants attempt to canonize him with Christian pseudo-virtues. And of course we all agree he’s for “family,” considering that he’s got three of them — and he’s cheated on all three wives ... multiple times. Mr. Carlisle surely approves of those “fine” Republican values. Oh, and our Constitution? Yes, he loves it. He’s trashed “free speech,” the “free press,” and he’s trampled all over the emoluments clause - repeatedly. So, if Trump is what Mr. Carlisle wants us to believe is a “good Christian Republican,” I think he should try stepping out of his Fox News echo chamber long enough to deeply inhale some facts.
Using typical Republican hyperbole, Carlisle tells us that Democrats “enjoy” killing babies. I would normally say Carlisle has gone off the deep end without a flotation device, but we’ve heard this tripe before. Democrats and/or Pro-Choice advocates of all stripes are not advocating or condoning abortion at any stage of fetal development. Their point is that it is the woman’s right to choose, not Carlisle’s, not Biblical scholars’, and certainly not the government’s. Personally, I’m against abortion, but I would never legislate that I should be the decider when it comes to a woman’s body, any more than I would want a congresswoman to tell me I killed some potential babies because I had a vasectomy 20 years ago.
We all know that Jesus says zilch about abortion in the New Testament, but Carlisle should read Numbers 5:11-28 in the OT to get the word directly from Yahweh. Paraphrasing the lengthy passage, God gives detailed instructions to a Hebrew priest on how to prepare a potion for a pregnant woman suspected of adultery to drink so that, if guilty, it will induce a miscarriage - i.e., a “holy” abortion.
Yep, Mr. Carlisle, it’s right there in your holy scriptures. Sad. Maybe next time you should read all of your Bible before attempting to impress us with your vast biblical acumen.
Like many hypocritical Republican Christians, Carlisle delights in cherry-picking selected verses to demonize Democrats.
But most of us know that a person can find support in the Bible for almost any argument if he looks hard enough and is willing to do the necessary mental contortions. After all, plantation owners in the 18th and 19th centuries regularly used Scripture to justify treating blacks as if they were farm equipment. Of course the Old Testament God does condone slavery (even offering instructions on how to beat your slaves), so I guess they were just following Scripture.
Garry Van Trease