|Upper right: Anonymous from a page in an 18th-century demonology book.
Lower left: "Beelzebub and them that are with him shoot arrows" from John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)
By Hal Brown
Trump wants his supporters to believe he has been sent by God to rule, or is the Second Coming of Jesus (and many Trumpers have these beliefs). According to Democrats Trump might as well be Satan.
If you take religion out of Satan and just consider him and his metaphorical demons to be pure evil, to be akin to psychopaths who enjoy making people suffer, you can make a reasonable case that it is Trump and mini-Trumps like DeSantis (who critics often call DeSatan) are incarnations of the Devil as a figure of speech meaning evil.
|Illustration of the Devil on folio 290 recto
of the Codex Gigas, dating to the
early thirteenth century.
Republicans making the news want to demonize Biden but they throw around other words to refer to him like communist, Marxist, socialist, corrupt, and criminal. Others are more restrained. Chris Christi, for example, said in a town hall:
"Joe Biden has let this country down in just about every way you can think of."
"He ran for president in 2020 saying he's gonna bring the country together, that he was going to be a moderate leader for the country and try to bring the two extremes of both parties into a place where they could work together, and a lot of people − I mean − that a lot of people voted for him based on that idea. And he came into office and he ran as far left as he could." Reference
The Republicans may be missing a golden opportunity to turn Biden into a demon straight out of the Hellmouth.A few so-proclaimed religious leaders have tried to make Biden into a demon from Hell. For example the article 'Prophet' Claims Biden Has Demonic 'Serpent Eyes,' Defends Trump's Election Win, in Newsweek, by Robin Bullock, a self-proclaimed "prophet," who doesn't recognize President Joe Biden as being duly elected and accused him of being aligned with Satan.
Pastor Greg Locke Says Biden Is 'Demon-Possessed,' Insists Trump Is 'Legitimate President'
Greg Locke, a right-wing pastor, told his raucous sermon attendees Sunday that President Joe Biden and "jezebel demon" Vice President Kamala Harris are overseeing "child-trafficking" tunnels beneath Washington D.C.
Snopes did a fact check (here) on social media claims that a demon appeared in the back of the room when Biden gave his 2021 State of the Union Address.
Even President Biden addressed the way some people compare him to Satan:
President Biden on Wednesday (July 21, 2012) said he doesn’t care if someone thinks he is “Satan reincarnated” but there is no looking away from the 6 January Capitol riots.
“I don’t care if you think I’m Satan reincarnated, the fact is you can’t look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th (January)”, said Joe Biden at a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, organised by CNN News. Reference
According to a Pew Research poll 58% of all American adults believe in Hell. These are the breakdowns by politcal party and whether one is conservative or liberal:
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We are currently going back and forth between watching the British series Unforgotten about solving decades old murder cases with forensics and good old fashioned police work and Warrior Nun (see reviews) where magic and superpowers are used to fight evil.The most dangerous demon on the show who is trying to kill the hero is called a Tarask. If he succeeds he will literally open the door to Hell. If Trump watches the show I expect he identifies with the Tarask.
It is almost impossible for me to come up with anything totally original to blog about.It begins:
The author's bio: Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a former professional child therapist, early literacy advocate, book author, and syndicated opinion-editorial columnist. Her work appears in various national and international newspapers. She lives in Southern Ohio.