St. Louis, MO—
Local self-described born-again Christian Richard Woeffler of South City recently had an epiphany that President Donald Trump’s policies on immigrants aren’t as Christian as he had originally thought.
The Halfway Post sat down with Mr. Woeffler for a brief interview.
“So I read in the news the other day about all this business about children being detained at the border and kept in enclosures with no blankets or toothbrushes, and it dawned on me that Jesus never told us to abuse migrant children,” explained Woeffler.
Woeffler than committed himself to reading the Bible to try and find some kind of rationale for the child cages.
“What I found truly astounded me! I thought for sure Leviticus would have something about the treatment of foreigners, and I was right! However, Leviticus did not say anything about mistreating migrant children. In fact, it said the complete opposite! Chapter 19:34 reads, ‘You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’ Boy howdy, that just blew me away when I read it. I had to read it several times because I thought my eyes must be deceiving me! I even went to my local library and checked out other translations of the Bible to see if somehow my Bible had had some kind of typos or something, but they all say to treat foreigners like native-born citizens! What a surprise!”
The epiphany stayed in Woeffler’s mind for several days.
“All this time, I had been thinking my hardline, pro-Trump immigration beliefs were rooted in Biblical tough love, but I’m still floored a week later that Leviticus had a soft love approach to this issue! I expected that from the New Testament, but I thought the Old Testament would surely confirm what I wanted it to confirm! And Leviticus, too! I’ve always been such a big fan of Leviticus! I have a tattoo of Leviticus 18:22, the line about men not laying with other men, right on my mons pubis so that every woman I ever lay with knows for certain I’m not gay, yet, if I’m so set on judging gay people because of a Leviticus line, I’d have to be a raging hypocrite to not judge all these Trump supporters who hate immigrants the same way! It’s clear as day that we are Biblically obligated to take care of these refugees and migrant children as if they were our own children! It’s almost enough to make me turn my back on Donald Trump, but, to be honest, I just love his racism way too much to ever vote against him. If a Democrat becomes president, he’ll never let me be publicly racist like Trump does! And if a woman Democrat becomes president, that’s even worse! I’d have to stop making sexually suggestive comments to teenage girls, and that’s just not freedom. I hate all these socialist, politically correct rules about who we can discriminate against and who we can’t. There’s too many these days to keep them all straight!”