By Ed Diokno
Uh, oh! Now Donald Trump is in deep doo-doo. Not only did his executive order for a temporary ban from seven countries that are predominantly Muslim get panned by Pope Francis, he’s also incurred the wrath of social media queen Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian, an Armenian American, who is a, uh … I’m not sure what she does for a living … is wildly popular. nevertheless, known for her fashion trends and her selfies which are sought by her eager fans. She is not known for political commentary, but she posted this to her millions of followers:
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 29, 2017
I think the pop culture trend-setter made her point.
On the other end of the cultural spectrum, Pope Francis weighed in when responding to a question from a German youth group. Although he didn’t mention Trump by name, it is pretty clear who he was referring to.
“The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,” he said.
“You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25,” a reference to what is known as the Parable of the Judgment or the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” said the spiritual leader of the world’s billion Roman Catholics. Trump won 51% of the Catholic vote last November.
Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.