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BY DANIEL WILLIAMS

February 6, 2019


Editor's note: Click here to watch a TV news clip of Resistance Prays founder Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons debating Trump-loving pastor Mark Burns.
President Trump asks for unity and talks partisan points.
From the Washington Post: "In dissonant State of the Union speech, Trump seeks unity while depicting ruin."

After one of the most contentious months of his presidency - and only a few hours after taking personal jabs at everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to the late Senator John McCain - President Trump gave his second State of the Union address last night.

Despite opening and closing with gestures toward his supposed theme of unity, the President littered his address with some of his most divisive positions. He used his televised speech as an opportunity to attack investigations into wrongdoing in his campaign, inauguration, and administration; to spew more anti-immigrant rhetoric; to parrot anti-choice talking points; and to defend his “America First” ethos.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits." - Matthew 7:15-20, NRSV
Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” famously sparks debate about the true meaning of irony. Is a traffic jam ironic when you’re already late? What about a black fly in your Chardonnay?

President Trump’s State of the Union last night displayed much darker ironies than ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife. Isn’t it ironic…
The irony, hypocrisy, and false witness of Trumpism were on full display last night. No matter what talk of unity and comity the President cloaks himself in like sheep’s clothing, Americans of faith and conscience are not fooled. The fruits of Trump’s politics are discord, violence, injustice, and hate.
We can’t “know them by their fruits” if Trump’s lies and false witnesses are allowed to go unchallenged. Factcheck.org aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Share their fact-check of last night’s address on social media so that your friends can see the truth behind the rhetoric.

Source of Truth, You bless us with gifts of compassion,hope, and love. Give us the discernment to find and seek the best fruits of our political efforts, so that we might live more fully into your calling to peace and justice. In your many holy names we pray - Amen.

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