Trump’s Campaign Rally Leaves Local Pastor Uncomfortable, 11-Year-Old Daughter In Tears
A pastor in Melbourne, Fla. described the Presidential campaign rally last weekend at the local airport as “demonic.” Lead Pastor Joel Tooley of the Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene took his 11-year-old daughter to see the president of the United States. The experience was less than what he hoped for. In fact, the good preacher posted on his Facebook page that the carnival atmosphere left him “… completely uncomfortable.”
Pastor Tooley was alarmed by the religious zealotry he observed in regard to Oval 45, saying:
I felt like people were here to worship an ideology along with the man who was leading it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the song per se – it was this inexplicable movement that was happening in the room. It was a religious zeal.
He also compared it to a sporting event.
You might liken it to the experience fans would have after their favorite team won the Super Bowl – faces painted, banners flying, confetti in the air and celebrating.
But this – this was deeper.
But what the pastor wrote about, and what he said bothered him the most was the pervasive anger expressed by the crowd — and the man egging it on.
The very first words out of the President’s mouth were the words of a bully. That is not simply one person’s perspective, it is factual. He immediately began badgering and criticizing the media; like a bully inciting a crowd.
Continuing, Tooley noted:
He could have said something inspiring and worthy of a Tweet or Facebook post, instead he emerged as an overly powerful bully. Literally, everything that he began speaking about evoked this angry response from the crowd.
This all followed after the First Lady of the United States introduced her husband by opening with the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer. The model prayer Christ taught his disciples. The prayer that includes the line, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Tooley commented that Oval 45 did not recite the prayer with the crowd, until the last few words, “be the glory forever and ever, amen!” as he raised his fist into the air.
The religion of the angry mob
According to his post, Tooley noticed a few protesters at the rally. Their presence was not welcomed by the angry mob that had gathered to worship their new leader. They shouted down the protesters with heavy doses of the F-word while screaming threats and other niceties at these citizens who disagree with 45’s agenda of hate and intolerance.
The good pastor did the right thing and tried to come to the protection of a couple of protesters as the crowd grew more hostile. Both he and his 11-year-old daughter were traumatized by the threats of violence directed at the protesters and at themselves as they tried to protect the rights of the minority.
This is Trump’s America, an angry mob mentality just waiting to explode and physically punish those who would dare question the word of Dear Leader. What the pastor and the rest of us need to remember is that only 27 percent of our fellow citizens voted for the Orange Menace. Over 70 percent of us did not vote for or support this so-called president. Now is the time for good people to step forward, as this pastor did, and say no to hatred. Say no to bigotry. Say no to making enemies out of other Americans.
What sort of country do you want to be?
The angry bully is not the America I want to be. People of good will must resist this political turn to the dark side. Dr. King said only light can drive out darkness. Now is the time for good and decent people to be that light. We must drive this darkness from our shores and forever banish it to the dung heap of history where it belongs. Hate is un-American.
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