Ann Coulter is the high priestess of a new religion, one that swaps a perfect eternal Judeo-Christian God for a new, flashy leader whose self-worship is exceeded only by the adoration of his faithful adherents. Over at Breitbart.com a fawning new review of Coulter’s forthcoming book includes a look the tome’s cover, which boldly declares: “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome.”
The title is a not-so-subtle play on the national motto of “In God We Trust,” and it reveals the extent to which some so-called “conservatives” believe that Trump is a messianic figure who can do no wrong and who deserves to be worshiped and adored without question.
From his bizarre assertion last week that Saddam Hussein was a great guy because he killed terrorists, to his confident declaration that he’s never needed to ask God for forgiveness, Trump’s candidacy has been an utter trainwreck of political and religious orthodoxy.
Coulter’s book title was first released earlier this year, and the praise it has earned from some who consider themselves to be conservative is remarkable, given the outrage that is regularly directed at far-left assaults on the national motto. When an atheist proposes to rid currency of the phrase “In God We Trust,” social conservatives predictable and appropriately push back. Conservatives rightfully cheer when efforts to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance fall short in federal court. But when a prominent self-styled populist and quasi-conservative decides to quite literally and purposefully swap God for Trump in the title of a book, conservatives generally remain silent.
Before conservatives in the GOP rush to ratify Trump’s nomination in Cleveland next week at the Republican National Convention, they would do well to exhaust every option available for finding another presidential nominee. Trump is no messiah, and what the RNC needs are a few Shadrachs, Meshachs and Abednegos who refuse to make Trump their new god.
“There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up.” – Daniel 3:12