What Can Be Said?



“To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and higher, the better.”                                                                        Fresno State University Professor Lars Maischak



In 2006, FilmFour and Borough Films, two British companies, released “Death of A President” about the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush and the aftermath of his murder. The idea that a serious film company could produce and release a serious movie about the assassination of a sitting president was unprecedented and, needless to say, controversial. The hatred toward Bush at the time was palpable.

Outside the White House, protesters joked about lynching President Barack Obama. I’m not sure why the article linked above describes them as “tea partiers” since there’s nothing explicit in the video that identifies them as such. But, the point is, we have an organized protest, albeit small, where people feel comfortable joking about lynching the president and being filmed doing so.

But, I’m not sure anything compares to what is happening now. On college campuses, in city streets, on stage and in photo shoots people who would ordinarily be regarded as respectable members of society are openly calling for and advocating violence against and the assassination of the President of the United States.

Is anyone surprised that someone took action? The only surprise, perhaps, is that the attempt wasn’t on Trump himself. Is it only a matter of time?

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.


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