Professor attacks Trump, Pence religion
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.