On July 26, 2017, President Trump tweeted this:
The tweet linked to a video on Instagram taken at the president’s recent rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he relayed the same message to supporters.
Except … the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to practice whatever religion they choose to practice and worship whichever God they choose — and that includes no religion or no God at all.
The separation of church and state, our Founding Fathers decided, is as American as apple pie.
The irony of Trump’s tweet wasn’t lost on Hend Amry, who also spotted a loophole in his statement.
The sentiment behind the phrase “Allahu Akbar” — roughly translated to “Allah [or God] is the greatest” in English — seemed to be a hit with other users, as the tweet quickly amassed over 20,000 Likes.
“THIS TWEET KNOWS NO IMPERFECTIONS,” one user chimed in.
“ALLAHU AKBAR! I’m a Unitarian Universalist and atheist,” another wrote, “but solidarity is important in these troubled times.”
Amry’s response, while tongue-in-cheek, perfectly nailed a vital contradiction in Trump’s policy-making and worldview.
On one hand, Trump is a boisterous proponent of religion — so long as it’s a specific kind of religion.
If you’re Muslim, you or a family member may fall victim to Trump’s bigoted, ill-informed immigration policies. If you’re Jewish, you may not have too many allies in his White House — an administration that’s “tacitly [embraced] anti-Semitism,” according to some advocates.
Upon taking office, Trump swore to uphold the Constitution — and that includes respecting and protecting the First Amendment. Judging by his latest tweet, he’s done a very poor job in doing so. SAD!