U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the White House on November 13, 2018.
“We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world,” Trump said.
“It was my great honor to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at The White House this afternoon. Very, very special people!” he said in his Facebook page.
According to National Geographic Kids, Diwali is a celebration of:
* In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
* Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
* In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity), sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.
For over 200 years, U.S. presidents knew how to send greetings to pagan nations and their presidents without promoting their paganism and without using the White House to host their pagan festivals.
Yet, modern America and their presidents are changing their attitude from a kind relationship with pagan nations to celebration of their paganism.
Trump is not the first president to host Diwali at the White House. Obama did it in 2016.
Perhaps Trump did it to please Nikki Haley, his UN ambassador. She is a spiritual hybrid who practices the Protestant and Sikh faiths at the same time. In her trip to India last June, she prayed at a Sikh temple and attended churches, mosques and Hindu temples.
Are U.S. presidents embracing a spiritual hybridism to please everyone?
Such hybridism seems to have no room to the most important American tradition: evangelicalism.
Last year, the world marked the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation on October 31. As the largest Protestant nation in the world, the United States under Trump should remember the Reformation and host some special event at the White House. After all, no religious tradition was more important for the birth of America than the churches that were born from the Reformation.
Yet, Trump did no mention of the Reformation. He preferred to celebrate Halloween. Hardly a hybridism, because he “forgot” the Reformation, and he gave full room for a festival of witchcraft.
Last Christmas, he celebrated Jesus, and included a celebration of Kwanzaa, a Marxist holiday. A hybridism, with Christianity and Marxism side by side.
Last June, Trump hosted his first Ramadan, an Islamic holiday, at the White House. Of course, Obama did the same sort of thing at the White House. Everybody always expected such paganism from Obama. But Trump too?
I miss the America of her Founders. The Bible was the center of their culture, laws and spirituality. Americans were a people 98 percent Protestant during the foundation of their Republic. They would joyfully celebrate the Reformation, which taught them to focus on the Bible. And George Washington, their first president, would never use the White House to celebrate foreign festival pagans.
Today America is a different nation. There is no place for celebrations of the Reformation at the White House. But there is plenty of room to celebrate Islamic, Hindu and Marxist festivals at the White House. At least in this unholy celebrations, left-wing Obama and right-wing Trump are equal, and equally pagan.
With information from Charisma News.
Portuguese version of this article: Trump realiza festival hindu pagão na Casa Branca
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