Trump Tower tum­bles be­cause of women

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Devon Dick Rev Devon Dick is pas­tor of the Boule­vard Bap­tist Church in St An­drew. He is au­thor of ‘The Cross and the Ma­chete’, and ‘Re­bel­lion to Riot’. Send feed­back to col­umns@ glean­

BIL­LION­AIRE BUSI­NESS­MAN Don­ald Trump, Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for the United States (US) pres­i­dency, is known for the sig­na­ture Trump Tow­ers, but he and his em­pire are tum­bling be­cause of women.

First, Hil­lary Clin­ton, the sec­ond most un­favourable can­di­date in US his­tory, has con­sis­tently led in the polls. Fur­ther­more, her cam­paign is bet­ter or­gan­ised and bet­ter funded. Ad­di­tion­ally, she seems far more knowl­edge­able about gov­er­nance and world af­fairs.

How­ever, the coup de grâce to his tri­umph was the re­lease of the Ac­cess to Hol­ly­wood tape in which Trump bragged about try­ing to se­duce a mar­ried woman, not wait­ing to kiss women, grab­bing women by their gen­i­tals and be­ing able to get away with it be­cause he is a celebrity.

Trump claims that his con­ver­sa­tion is locker room talk, a place where one is un­in­hib­ited and, there­fore, re­veals one’s true char­ac­ter. This locker room talk re­veals also that he is a sex preda­tor who has a sense of en­ti­tle­ment. In ad­di­tion, in 1988, Trump was giv­ing thought to run­ning for pres­i­dent, as re­vealed in his in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey, there­fore, his state­ment in 2005 is rel­e­vant.

Un­for­tu­nately, Trump’s treat­ment of women and per­cep­tion of women has been but­tressed by re­li­gious teach­ings over the years, and re­li­gious lead­ers must be re­pen­tant and lead the re-ed­u­ca­tion of hu­man­ity. In the Ten Com­mand­ments, women are listed with things owned by a man – do not covet your neigh­bour’s house, wife, slaves, ox, don­key or – ‘any­thing that be­longs to your neigh­bour’ Ex­o­dus 20:17.

In ad­di­tion, it was the hus­band only who could di­vorce the wife. Men had com­plete power over their wives and daugh­ters, with Lot of­fer­ing his vir­gin daugh­ters to be gan­graped (Ge­n­e­sis 19). Women could be ob­tained by in­ter­course, dowry or con­tract. At the feed­ing of the 5,000 by Je­sus, it stated 5,000 men, not in­clud­ing women and chil­dren (Matthew 14:21). Women did not count!

Je­sus, the Christ, recog­nised that women’s lives mat­ter and noth­ing showed it more than the woman caught in adul­tery (John 8). The ac­cusers brought her to be stoned. It is an ob­vi­ous mis­car­riage of jus­tice be­cause her male part­ner was not brought to be stoned. No won­der Je­sus told her that she was free to go. It is not a story about no pun­ish­ment for sin, but rather that there ought to be equity in the jus­tice sys­tem.


This aw­ful treat­ment of women is not con­fined to an­cient re­li­gious his­tory as, ac­cord­ing to Chris­tine Caine in Faith Gate­way, “the his­tory of our world – all pe­ri­ods of his­tory, all con­ti­nents, all cul­tural tra­di­tions – is ram­pant with dam­age, op­pres­sion, di­min­ish­ment, con­tempt and hos­til­ity aimed at women”. She adds that in In­dia and Pak­istan, women are stoned to death for adul­tery, and in Syria, they are raped and sold as slaves, and the men who per­pe­trate these heinous acts are ex­cused based on re­li­gious the­ol­ogy.

We need to re­cap­ture that women are made in the im­age of God (Ge­n­e­sis 1:26-27). So when we ill-treat women, we are, in fact, tar­nish­ing the im­age and in­ten­tion of God. Women ought to be re­spected, ap­pre­ci­ated and es­teemed. The mar­ried woman who turned down Trump’s ad­vances should be cel­e­brated. She was not fright­ened by his fame or for­tune.

The Ap­pren­tice show pro­pelled Trump to promi­nence. The Ac­cess to Hol­ly­wood is his Achilles heel. Trump, as pos­si­ble pres­i­dent of the most dom­i­nant coun­try in the world, has placed the place of women in the world on cen­tre stage. Re­li­gion has a role, so too schools, mu­sic in­dus­try, beauty con­test, work­place and pol­i­tics in mak­ing women great again.

Let us grasp his op­por­tu­nity to el­e­vate women to their right­ful place.

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