Trump Spiritual Advisor Paula White Claims Victimhood, Keeps Using Jesus To Justify Trump’s Imprisonment Of Immigrant Kids & Toddlers
President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White tried to defend the Trump administration’s imprisonment of immigrant children during an interview with CBN on July 11.
White claimed that Jesus did not break immigration laws of Egypt (and failed to mention what those laws were) noted Vox:
I think so many people have taken biblical scriptures out of context on this, to say stuff like, “Well, Jesus was a refugee.” Yes, [Jesus] did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years. But it was not illegal. If He had broken the law then He would have been sinful and He would not have been our Messiah.
White — pastor of Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida — made news in January when she told her followers to send her their salary for the entire month or face consequences from God, noted Newsweek.
White was once investigated by a Senate committee, reported The Washington Post.
In an op-ed for The Christian Post, White framed herself as a victim because she was criticized for using Jesus to promote Trump’s immigration jails for immigration kids and toddlers:
As a blonde female, and as a pastor, this isn’t the first time someone has called me stupid. Sadly, it comes with the territory. And while the Bible may say turn the other cheek, it does not say allow bullies to treat you like a punching bag.
White insisted, again, that Jesus was not an immigrant, but rather a refugee. To defend her claim, she posted an Amazon link to a book by Wayne Grudem, a far right wing theologian who claimed in 2016 that it was a sin against God not to vote for Trump, noted Right Wing Watch.
White insisted that Jesus and his parents were legal immigrants, although she didn’t cite any actual immigration laws or exceptions to laws 2,000 years ago. Instead, White relied on her own phrase “reasonable to conclude”:
The Bible account says Jesus and his family fled to Egypt to escape King Herod, who saw Jesus’ birth as a threat to his power and wanted to kill him.
Since Jesus and his parents are referenced here as sojourners or ger, and since they returned to Israel once Herod died and the danger had abated, it’s reasonable to conclude his parents followed the conventions of their time and were “legal immigrants” for all intents and purposes.
White failed to mention that the Trump administration has jailed immigrants seeking asylum from danger in their countries, which would meet her personal definition of “reasonable to conclude.”
White tried to reframe immigrant children being brought to the U.S. by their parents as victimized kids being trafficked:
For instance, some feel it’s cruel to enforce our laws when those attempting to cross the border are merely searching for a better life. This may seem compassionate, and for many genuinely is, but it ultimately leads to tens of thousands of children being trafficked and victimized at our border.
White also painted white evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016 as victims:
They also want to shame the 81% of us who did vote for President Trump into believing we’re dumb, cruel and unsophisticated—and they would love nothing more than to use the Bible to do it. I’m here to say that we have nothing to be ashamed of because there are legitimate, thoughtfully considered reasons for this support.