Nothing American or Christian about this

Since I have been publicly critical of Donald Trump I have repeatedly been called unAmerica and unChristian, among dozens of other hateful things.

Always by avowed Christians who support Trump, of course.

I have spent the last several days watching crying children, including nursing babies, ripped out of their mothers’s arms by American citizens who work for the President of the United States. Yesterday I watched Donald Trump admit that he is having this done to children as a “negotiating tactic” against Democrats.

Today I saw avowed Christians Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quote the Bible as justification for taking children away from their mothers. They both cited the same verse that has been used to justify slavery in America in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Jewish Holocaust in the 20th century, and the lynchings of hundreds of African-Americans by racists like the Ku Klux Klan.

Does being an “American” mean that I have to support and refuse to criticize a POTUS who expresses his admiration for murderous dictators like Kim Jong Un, salutes a North Korean General, and expresses his desire to have Americans “sit up at attention” the way North Koreans are forced to do?

Does being an “Christian” mean that I have to support a profanity spewing, racist, sexist, adulterous, liar like Trump, who tears children out of their mother’s arms and puts them in holding cells to use as a “negotiating tactic”?

Because if that is what is required to be an American Christian in 2018, then Trump supporters can continue to call me unAmerican and unChristian. Because if being an American Christian really does mean that hurting innocent children is acceptable behavior, then I am definitely not one.

Patsy Sheppard

Tar Heel