People for the American WayEpisode 2 of the Republican National Convention last night saw distortions of truly Orwellian proportions … laws were broken, marginalized communities were demonized, and speaker after speaker drowned viewers in a rapid-fire tsunami of lies, barely affording them a chance to catch their breath in between.The most anti-immigrant president in modern times held a staged naturalization ceremony with the acting Homeland Security secretary (acting because he was never confirmed by the Senate, like many Trump administration officials). This was only one of the night’s several apparent violations of the Hatch Act – the federal law that prohibits government officials from campaigning for political purposes using government property or resources.

Cissie Graham Lynch, the granddaughter of televangelist Billy Graham, used her speech to slam the Obama-Biden administration for its supposed attacks on religious liberty (like, you know, not allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people) and offered gushing praise for Trump’s efforts to protect freedom of religion.Later in the night, Trump’s son Eric appealed to “all people of faith stripped of our religious freedoms and religious liberties,” saying, “my father will fight for you.”

Reality check:
Trump ran for president on enacting a BAN on Muslims entering the country, the epitome of religious bigotry.He and his supporters have stoked intense Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.Several Republican candidates running for office – including Congress – promote discrimination against Muslims and believe Muslims should not be allowed to hold public office.

And one of last night’s featured scheduled speakers was even pulled from the schedule at the last minute “after she retweeted a thread promoting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory with ties to the fringe conspiracy theory, QAnon”

The false narratives being advanced by Republicans at Trump’s convention are not only untrue, they’re dangerous.

They talk about the coronavirus pandemic in the past tense and celebrate Trump for handling it heroically while we’re still right in the middle of the crisis with infections and deaths continuing to rise.They blast Democrats for acknowledging police violence and systemic racism (which they say does not exist) even as more Black men are shot multiple times in the back by police, like 29-year-old father Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI, who this week was shot by officers at least 7 times and left paralyzed while trying to assist in breaking up a domestic dispute.Up is down. Day is night. The sky is green. And history is whatever Republicans say it is!

This report from ‘PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY” (PFAW) sets out the latest news from the U.S. Republican Party Conference, called to select their final candidate for the Presidency of the Unite States (POTUS).

Citing a speech from Cissie Graham Lynch, who is the daughter of former Evangelist Preach Billy Graham (Senior), this article demonstrates the fact that she took this opportunity to attack the former Obama Administration for what she (and Donald Trump’s son, Eric) was pleased to call “attacks on religious liberty (like, you know, not allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people)”.

This single statement of Lynch, backed up by Eric Trump’s assertion that the Democrat Administration was set to rob Americans of their religious freedom; displays a reckless regard for the many Christian people whose civil rights are being stripped away by the current policies of Donald Trump. His calculated cosying up to the Evangelical Religious Right leaders, has been recognised by many as a cynical ploy by Trump to secure the vote of America’s Fundamentalist Religious Right at the upcoming Presidential Election.

Another tool being used by Trump – whose presence at this Republican Party Meeting has served to dominate the proceedings (something no other presidential candidate has sought to do, historically) – is to enforce a policy of forbidding the use of Postal Votes, a ploy that he is well aware will inhibit the voting capability of the out-of-town poor and the marginalised who would have been most likely to vote against him.

One can only hope that this display of self-aggrandisement being displayed by Trump at his own political party meeting will alert tha U.S. Nation as a whole to the divisive nature of his currentrole as POTUS, rendering him as unfit to further continue to wield his appetite for power and authority in that capacity.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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