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The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague

Mar 31, 2020

By Jared Yates Sexton

President Donald Trump answered questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a box documented the market’s delirious approval of Trump’s bizarre recent push to ease the state of emergency around the coronavirus pandemic to aid the economy. Another on-screen graphic ticked away the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. Coincidentally, those numbers were rising as well.

“I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter,” Trump said during a virtual town hall on Fox News, adding that he’d like to see “packed churches all over the country” in just 19 days. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer beamed and remarked, “That would be a great American resurrection.”

Nearly two hundred miles away, another resurrection was underway in Lynchburg, Virginia, as Jerry Falwell Jr. ordered Liberty University’s reopening despite the advice of experts and Governor Ralph Northam’s having ordered nonessential businesses shuttered and public schools closed for the remainder of the year. Falwell Jr., scion of his father Jerry Falwell’s evangelical empire and a loyal Trump ally—who recently suggested the coronavirus might be a biological weapon produced by North Korea or China—echoed the president’s baffling call to a return to normalcy, saying, “Let’s get them back as soon as we can.”

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4 comments on “The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague

  • Articles like this one that lay out the whole Christian right wing strategy leave me feeling depressed and defeated. If Trump and Co. win in November I think we’re done for.

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  • q

    maybe trump will have a road to damascus moment

    If he did, would you believe it? He’s a showman. Thing is, the hoi polloi would definitely believe it and therein lies the problem. By the time the Damascus moment comes around we’ll all be living in Gilead.

    well maybe a road to canterburymoment?

    That seems more like it. A version of this character perhaps?

    The Pardoner – Pardoners granted papal indulgences—reprieves from penance in exchange for charitable donations to the Church. Many pardoners, including this one, collected profits for themselves. In fact, Chaucer’s Pardoner excels in fraud, carrying a bag full of fake relics—for example, he claims to have the veil of the Virgin Mary. The Pardoner has long, greasy, yellow hair and is beardless. These characteristics were associated with shiftiness and gender ambiguity in Chaucer’s time. The Pardoner also has a gift for singing and preaching whenever he finds himself inside a church.

    By the way, I just so happen to consider myself a modern day Wife of Bath. Just so you know.


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  • wife of bath

    no wonder you like gentleman jack

    i was thinking more of the ancestor’s tale (yet again)

    the greasy yellow haired one reading evolution at liberty u?


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