President Barack Obama has been a classy, inclusive, and amazing president. Now, we have President-elect Donald Trump who tweets divisive comments and singles out minority groups.
One particular minority, atheists and non-believers, receive very different treatment from these men. If this is a preview of what a Donald Trump presidency will look like, non-believers are going to be treated very badly.
At his final White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony, President Obama acknowledged non-believers. As an atheist, I find this very refreshing. The president said:
“… It’s a message that grounds not just my family’s Christian faith but that of Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, non-believers, Americans of all backgrounds. It’s a message of unity, and a message of decency, and a message of hope that never goes out of style, and it’s one that we all need very much today.”
How does Trump treat non-believers? He points them out and ridicules them at rallies because that is so presidential. What’s worse is that people thought it was funny.
He actually declared sides in the “war on Christmas.” He says he goes out of his way to say “Merry Christmas.” He took the classically ignorant argument that Christians are being persecuted in this country:
“I go out of my way to use the word ‘Christmas.’ There’s an assault on anything having to [do] with Christianity. They don’t want to use the word ‘Christmas’ anymore at department stores. There’s always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side.”
Trump even goes so far as to boycott stores that have “Happy Holidays” signs instead of “Merry Christmas” signs.
Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, is even scarier than Donald Trump. As Governor of Indiana, he signed a ridiculous “religious freedom” law, which made discrimination legal when religious issues are involved.