Paula White is the woman that many people claim “led” Donald Trump to Christianity, although the particular brand she preaches is a relatively new one. Although she is technically a Pentecostal televangelist, White is part of a movement of preachers who deliver sermons of what’s been called “the prosperity gospel,” a controversial sect of Christianity that believes if you’re not rich, you must not be worshiping God correctly.
Can you imagine a better person for Trump to choose as his “closest spiritual confidante” in all things presidential?
Perhaps White is most famous for having gone on disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker’s show and declaring that those who oppose Trump are opposing God Himself™:
“In other words, he’s not a polished politician. In other words, he’s authentically—whether people like him or not, he’s been raised up by God because God says that He raises up and places all people in places of authority. It is God that raises up a king, it is God that sets one down and so when you fight against the plan of God, you’re fighting against the hand of God.”
But now, Paula White can call herself a captain in Generalissimo Trump’s Battle For The Spirit Of Christmas 2017.
White appeared Monday on Fox and Friends, presumably fresh off a day of piety and quiet self-reflection in contemplation of the birth of Christ. Oh, who am I kidding? She showed up to re-hash the tired trope of the mythical War on Christmas.
“Isn’t it nice to be able to say Merry Christmas, and to put Jesus Christ back on the White House lawn? Trump just hasn’t put Christ back in Christmas, but he’s also put prayer back into the White House. He’s put justice…and religious freedom back into our courts.”
Of course, neither of White’s examples were ever missing from the presidency, the nation, or even 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Every Christmas for an entire eight years, President Barack Obama displayed the same nativity scene — complete with a tiny Baby Jesus — that has been in use at the White House since the early 1970’s:
And countless montages have now made their way around the internet showing the Obamas sending out “Merry Christmas” greetings to the nation, rather than the feared and reviled “Happy Holidays” that evangelicals think is clearly favored by Catholics, Muslims, Jews, and any other non-Christian faith that is therefore Satanic in origin.
If that sounds shocking, let me testify: I was raised in a Pentecostal Evangelical church, and they do indeed believe that all faiths outside their own are designed by Satan.
But now it’s December 26th. It’s time to declare victory and put away the SleighK-47’s for one more year. Now evangelicals and the GOP can get back to their War on Truth.
Watch Paula White’s appearance here:
.@Paula_White: “Trump just hasn’t put Christ back in Christmas, but he’s also put prayer back into the White House, he’s put justice… and religious freedom back into our courts.” pic.twitter.com/o4ifiM8nUd
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 25, 2017
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