Louisville, KY (eTruePolitics) – The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) today voted unanimously to excommunicate the current president of the United States.
“Mr. Trump is not what the Presbyterian Church stands for,” said the General Assembly, the church’s main governing body, in a terse, one-sentence statement.
Religious historians say it is the first time the Presbyterian Church has excommunicated anyone.
“They didn’t expel J. Edgar Hoover or Donald Rumsfeld,” said the Rev. Dr. J. Allison MacRury, a Nova Scotia-based scholar. “Guess that tells you all you need to know about what Presbyterians think of Mr. Trump.”
There have been eight Presbyterian presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, more than from any other religion.
“We’re still trying to live down Andrew Jackson,” added MacRury about the first Presbyterian president.
The excommunication decision has been questioned by some church scholars on procedural grounds.
“Of course, Trump is a grotesque parody of what a Christian should be,” said Dr. MacRury, “but as far as I can determine the Presbyterian Church of the United States has no statutory or governing authority to excommunicate anyone. “
“Technicalities be damned,” MacRury added. “Trump’s toast.”
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