I commend Father Jones for bringing to our attention the importance of truth-telling in political life (link).
“There are six things which the LORD hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue … a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)”
We have a President who has mocked women, Hispanic people, black people, disabled people, immigrants, war heroes, and gold star families, among others. Clearly, “sowing discord among his brothers” is a central tenet of Trump’s administration. In addition, we have a president who independent sources have consistently shown lies as a matter of course.
Thus, I am deeply disappointed that Father Jones focuses on Trump being “not altogether incorrect” about “fake news” but fails to suggest that Trump and his minions should behave in ways that all religious groups consider central practices of good behavior and respect for others.
One of the great modern theologians, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, said when speaking about race in 1963: “There is an evil which most of us condone and are even guilty of: indifference to evil. We remain neutral, impartial, and not easily moved by the wrongs done unto other people. Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself; it is more universal, more contagious, more dangerous. A silent justification, it makes possible an evil erupting as an exception becoming the rule and being in turn accepted.” If we take to heart Father Jones’ insights from Proverbs, than we must also take this to heart.