Pro­fes­sor at­tacks Trump, Pence re­li­gion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

A pro­fes­sor who spe­cial­izes in re­li­gious stud­ies at Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les says Pres­i­dent Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence rep­re­sent “trou­bling trends in Amer­i­can Chris­tian­ity.”

Pro­fes­sor Carla Pes­tana of UCLA pub­lished “Ar­ro­gant Chris­tians In The White House” over the week­end for The Huff­in­g­ton Post, which warns of a fu­ture Amer­ica shaped by the “fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tian” views of Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump’s “self-in­dul­gence.”

“Pence ad­heres to bi­b­li­cal lit­er­al­ism,” Ms. Pes­tana wrote. “Its ar­ro­gance lies in the hubris of those who be­lieve that only their cho­sen an­swers are cor­rect … One of the many dan­gers em­a­nat­ing out of the Trump White House is the power of Pence to im­pose not his re­li­gion but the be­hav­iors his re­li­gion dic­tates onto the rest of us.”

The pro­fes­sor, who teaches His­tory of Re­li­gion in U.S., then an­a­lyzed Mr. Trump’s faith as some­thing akin to the “pros­per­ity the­ol­ogy.”

“Un­sur­pris­ingly Trump ac­cepts a re­li­gious view­point that tells him he is uniquely awe­some. What­ever he has — how­ever he ac­quired it — God wants him to enjoy to the fullest,” she wrote. “Trump’s faith re­jects all curbs on self-in­dul­gence and self-ag­gran­dize­ment.”

Quotes by the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent to but­tress the pro­fes­sor’s claims were not pro­vided.

Mr. Pence, a lawyer and In­di­ana’s for­mer gov­er­nor, has a long track record of stat­ing his re­spect for the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and the rule of law.

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