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Jack Jenkins’ twitterstream

[ by Charles Cameron — sources for my previous post with tweet & DoubleQuote]
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In fairness, because I questioned & implicitly critiqued Jenkins on one of the tweets in this series in my previous post, here’s the whole series for your consideration:

Here you can find Jenkins’ ThinkProgress article, Trump is creating a new form of Christian nationalism centered on himself.

8 Responses to “Jack Jenkins’ twitterstream”

  1. Scott Says:

    I think Trump is what’s called a nominal Christian -> he grew up in America and considers himself a Christian in the same way many Jews consider themselves Jewish – more of an ethnicity than a faith. As for the goofball churches, well, after 8 years of having their beliefs slammed by the previous administration (God and guns, anyone?) they have latched on to the man telling them what they want to hear.
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    As far as I’m concerned, they should follow the Bible’s warning about putting too much trust in earthly powers and not enough in God.

  2. Grurray Says:

    On the night Obama was elected, the crowd at the rally at Grant Park in Chicago looked like they were witnessing the Second Coming. People believed their lives had been changed forever, and they were probably right. It was the 21st century version of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun. It was the night Obama told America he
    was “the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.”
    An event on par with men walking on the moon and the Berlin wall coming down, when history, “touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote.”
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    Honestly, that leaves Trump in the dust. Obama was invoking something beyond the mere peasants’ notion of a Deity, which is something every run-of-the-mill president does in some form or another. Obama was different. He was the fulfillment of the prophetic arc of Lady History. Her blessed finger actually reached down and struck the holy touchscreen casting the deciding vote for him, the new Chosen One. Take that Russian hackers.

  3. Scott Says:

    Don’t forget the part where they called him a lightbringer.

    http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/morford/article/Is-Obama-an-enlightened-being-Spiritual-wise-2544395.php

  4. Grurray Says:

    My New Ageism is a little rusty, but wasn’t Lucifer the lightbringer?

  5. carl Says:

    I googled Think Progress and discovered it is an outlet for the Center for American Progress which was founded by John Podesta. Mr. Podesta should be a name familiar to readers of Zenpundit. Then I ran perused the Think Progress site and ran through Mr. Jenkins twitter feed going back a few months. From this 15 minute in depth program of research, it is not a surprise Mr. Jenkins can see the outlines of a bogey man moving through the mist shrouded political forest.

  6. Charles Cameron Says:

    Sure. When Jenkins posted tweet #11, I responded thus:

    I was far from sure that he had made his case, especially as he’s a writer who prides himself on a connection with Harvard Theological.
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    And I recall (and must surely have posted here) Obama captured in a messianic pose in a photo taken at a fund-raiser at Steven and Judy Gluckstern’s home, April 9, 2007:

    — while his own words played on the theme of his messiaship in a manner that “both lampoons and slyly encourages the perception” when he said at the Lebanon Opera House, New Hampshire, on January 7, 2008:

    at some point in the evening, a light is going to shine down and you will have an epiphany and you’ll say, ‘I have to vote for Barack

  7. larrydunbar Says:

    “On the night Obama was elected, the crowd at the rally at Grant Park in Chicago looked like they were witnessing the Second Coming.”
    Second Coming? Obama was a Rock Star and the US his mosh pit.
    Obama didn’t get the Nobel Prize for being a savior, he got it for being someone other than a GWB, a person who was Born again, waiting for one, and thought he could help it along.
    What you saw was what you wanted to see.

  8. Grurray Says:

    “What you saw was what you wanted to see.”
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    Isn’t that the point, Larry? Absent an objective lodestar, we’re set adrift, only capable of interpreting events in terms of our own incomplete subjectivity.
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    Every American leader has invoked divine providence to justify and bolster their moral authority. In Obama’s case he went a step further and beseeched Clio, the goddess of history, which was an interesting flourish, certainly unique, but I suppose still in the ballpark. It’s implied that we are and always have been protected by God(s). Trump openly mentioned it this time because, being from the construction business, he has an affinity for the simple groundwork unlike our previous more diffuse leaders.
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    My favorite example of this has to be Trump’s Western Civilization speech last week.
    “We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes.”
    After seeing the dog-whistle allegations about this line I can’t get the mental image out of my head of that scene in Annie Hall,
    https://youtu.be/DaPBhxXhprg

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