Source: The Washington Post
President Trump’s inaugural address was infused with religious language, reflecting a rhetorical shift from the nation’s new leader. His previous speeches have not usually referred to the Bible or God.
Trump’s most explicitly religious mention came in the middle of the speech when he made a Bible reference to Psalm 133. “The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity,” Trump said. “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”
Just before that line, he said, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”
“I wondered if many heard an echo of the far more common turn of phrase ‘open your heart to Jesus,’ ” said Peter Manseau, author of “One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History.” Manseau said Trump combined spiritual references with “America first” rhetoric, a reflection of “a desire to fuse the languages of faith and nation.”