President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to reporters of the Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Two preachers, who teach that God the faithful are rich, among the religious leaders selected for prayers at President-elect ‘Donald Trump’ s curse in the first committee, said Wednesday.
Prosperity gospel preachers Paula White, a friend of Trump’s, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, whose Detroit church will host the Republican in September, will be among six religious leaders selected to take part in the Jan. 20 inauguration. It will be the first time preachers that spread the prosperity gospel will be included in the ceremony.
While the faith of the movement is very popular, many Christians regard it as heretical. The Ministers in the tradition, frequently their own wealth as proof of their teachings work. Trump had campaigned in part on his record as a wealthy property developer and businessman.
The Senate Finance Committee had examined White and five other prosperity preachers about their spending, but the investigation ended in 2011 with no penalty for televangelists. White said in a statement that they will pray to God first, “that He would richly bless our extraordinary home, the United States of America.”
Anthony Pinn, a Rice University professor of religious studies, described the prosperity gospel “as a way to religious to rationalize material acquisition.” He said participating in the first give the pastors a new form of domination.
“You have millions of people who lead them,” Pinn said. “There is a huge amount of the benefit that goes along.”
The four other religious leaders included in the inaugural the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham; Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an evangelical group; and Rabbi Marvin Here, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, does that the education about the Holocaust, and speaks out against anti-semitism, and prejudices.
The Wiesenthal Center had previously criticised Trump, accusing him of casting suspicion on all Muslims in his remarks on terrorism. Here said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he would continue to speak out against intolerance, he supports Trump’s approach to Israel. “I’m not in the camp of those who say that we are now in the dark ages. I think the opposite — that America’s best years are ahead of it,” Here said.
Graham, who is the rally Christian voters in the country this year on the issue of the appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court, has credited God for Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton. Rodriguez, who had criticized Trump for his promises to deport millions of people in the country illegally, said Wednesday, “I have enjoyed getting to know President-elect Trump and his team.” Rodriguez called to participate in the first “patriotic honour” and “a sacred duty.”
Dolan said in a statement that he will be reading the Scripture in the first, and asks God to “inspire and guide our new president.”