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The(ir) ABC: it’s “appropriate that reasonable people of faith begin to refer to Trump as antichrist”.

10 June 2020

10:36 AM

10 June 2020

10:36 AM

Don’t just jot it in your diary. Mark it in the annals of history; the day the ABC once and for all jumped the shark. June 9, 2020, the day the national broadcaster published a lurid theological acid trip disguised as intellectual endeavour, “Should we call Donald Trump antichrist?

On Monday, 1 June, surrounded by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, in his military fatigues, Attorney General William Barr, and other representative symbols of America’s immense military and judicial power, Trump used the police to suppress a peaceful, law-abiding protest so that he could take an awkward photo of himself with a Bible standing before a church. In what has become (satirically) known as the “battle for Lafayette Square,” Trump, the military, and the police used overwhelming force against people armed only with signs and bottles. Declaring victory, Trump trumpets his courageous stance while the brutal men of his cabinet look on approvingly.

For those who are not Trumpian court ministers, the image invokes an obvious biblical symbol, and one in stark contrast to their misuse of Romans 13. Here is the beast of Revelation 13 arising out of the sea of smoke and violence, making war on the saints and conquering them while people of violence follow the beast and chant, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it? MAGA, MAGA, MAGA!” The more the beast uses haughty and blasphemous words, the more authority his devoted followers give to him…

I think it appropriate that reasonable people of faith begin to refer to Trump as antichrist.

And look at the credits at the bottom. Our national broadcaster, perpetually crying poor, buys in some overseas derangement about overseas events as it prepares to sack staff.

Jumped the shark, alright.

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