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September 9, 2019

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Many evacuated Bahamians bound for Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian were told they could not enter the United States without proper paperwork.

"Trump says US must be ‘careful’ about admitting people from Bahamas. The President alleges that 'dangerous' people are attempting to enter the United States following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian." (via The Hill

“Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”” - Luke 12: 16-21
Donald Trump is the embodiment of the rich fool. I’ll add the word “evil” to that descriptor as well, given that he seems to only protect one set of people: white people who worship him. Today he suggested that there were “bad” and “dangerous” people in the Bahamas who would attempt to enter the United States under the guise of the suffering they have endured from Hurricane Dorian. This is just the latest in the sick game of “how-low-can-you-go” that Donald Trump seems to be playing. The devastation in the Bahamas has wiped out entire islands of people, communities, and ecosystems. Estimates are that thousands of people are missing who will eventually be categorized as dead. There is literally nowhere else for the Bahamian people to go other than other neighboring countries - they live on islands which have become uninhabitable. They have endured a type of terror and fear only those who have lived through massive hurricanes can imagine. They need a safe place to be, comfort, care, and love. Tens of thousands need housing, medical care, and food. And nothing will get better anytime soon on the Bahamas, things will only get worse. These suffering people do not deserve to be vilified with the suggestion that they are criminals or dangerous; hurricanes or not. Donald Trump’s immoral statements today are salt in the gaping woundedness that they are living through. 

It is evil. 
He is a fool. 
And sadly and dangerously; he’s in the Oval Office. 

Last month in response to the world-altering wildfires in Brazil, when at the G-7 conference in France, Donald Trump childishly played hooky during the conversation on the climate crisis. He is living in the myopic delusion that he can hang out with his real estate holdings, penthouses and golf courses and the cares of the world will never come to roost for him. He has spent the last week defacing official National Hurricane Center maps and downsizing the scale of the disaster in the Bahamian islands. He is not only a rich fool, but he is also a lying fool. 

I am left this week with nothing but anger and disgust. And sadly, that’s where I am every day with this rich, evil fool occupying the White House.  

He is a disgrace to humanity, yet again. 
There are so many ways to come alongside the people of the Bahamas. The denomination I serve, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does amazing work through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. They get my support, and I hope will get yours as well. You can give here
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of terror and loss, we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in anger, sorrow, and hope: that those who have been spared as well as those whose lives are changed forever may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and reflection that come...We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; for wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing threats and directing relief efforts; and for our anger and sorrow to unite in service to the establishment of a reign of peace...In the name of Christ, our healer and light, we pray. Amen. (from Recovering from Unnatural Disasters
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