Thursday, 30 November 2017

In the Film of His Life, Donald Trump Will be Played by a British Actor

Although it is a different country, we tend to forget that this is the case with America. Sharing a language and pop culture, we in the UK do tend to feel we have a lot in common.

But then Donald Trump managed to tell Theresa May not to complain when he retweeted hateful videos from a bunch of British fascists. Including one of a Dutch boy (who is not even an immigrant) beating up another Dutch boy.

And yes among the millions of peaceful Muslims who live in this country, work, raise families, there are a few - a tiny few - who hate the country and wish it harm, or want an Islamist state brought about by force. But we know that, like the IRA in the 70s to 90s, and indeed like Britain First, they do not represent the vast majority of their community.

In the same way, we cannot blame white evangelical Republicans in the States for the actions of rednecks shooting people up in stadia, concert halls, schools, nightclubs, more schools, just randomly in the streets, churches more bloody schools - what is it with the Land of the Free that the main freedom they defend is the right to mass-murder school children? What is wrong with them?

OK yeah. I do blame white evangelical Republicans for that. A bit.

So to show solidarity to our American friends, as they take shelter from the latest freedom-loving white man seeking to express his freedom with an automatic weapon, we are introducing the new Beaker Advent calendar. It doesn't go up to Christmas. Or, at least, not this year. It goes up to the day Donald Trump ceases to be President. At the moment, it's only got a little over three years' worth of windows. But we are aware that in this sad world, it's possible we may have to buy another, bigger one towards the end of 2020.

There won't be chocolate or happy pictures behind our Trumpvent Calendar. Just thoughts and prayers.

And can I just say that we are pleased to announce that, when the story of Trump's life is made in a few year's time, he will be played by a British actor Well, it's a casting policy that worked in Die Hard, Blue Thunder, Star Wars, The Patriot, X-men, Marathon Man, the Jungle Book....

Want a good laugh? Want to laugh at the church? Want to be secretly suspicious that the author has been sitting in your church committee meetings taking notes? Then Writes of the Church: Gripes and grumbles of people in the pews is probably the book for you.

An excellent book for your churchgoing friends, relatives or vicar. And don't forget it's nearly Christmas!

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