What is the religion of Donald Trump? Is Donald Trump a Christian?
While contemplating his presidential run as a Republican in early
2011, Donald Trump gave an interview to a Christian reporter and made these
claims about his religion:
"I'm a Protestant. I'm a Presbyterian. And you know,
I've had a good relationship with the church over the years. I think religion is
a wonderful thing. I think my religion is a wonderful religion."- Donald Trump, Christian Broadcasting Network, April 11, 2011
Donald Trump claims he is a Protestant (Christian) but what Donald Trump has been saying about his religion
and his actions over the years raise serious
questions about whether or not Donald Trump is a Christian.
In his youth, Donald Trump, along with his four siblings, accompanied his
mother, Mary Ann (MacLeod) Trump to the First
Presbyterian Church in Jamaica Queens, New York (see
Donald Trump Background).
When Donald Trump was a young adult, his family switched to
Manhattan's Marble Collegiate Church, 'pastored' by Norman Vincent Peale, a 33rd
degree Scottish Rite Freemason and New Ager best known for authoring,
The Power of Positive Thinking.
When the aforementioned reporter asked him in 2011 if he attends
church actively, Donald Trump sounded confident about Christmas, Easter and "major" occasions, but less confident about
"Well, I go as much as I can, always on Christmas, always on Easter, always when
there's a major occasion, and during the Sundays. I'm a Sunday church person.
I'll go when I can." - Donald Trump, April 11, 2011
Does Donald Trump read his Bible?
In the same 2011 interview, Donald Trump said that many people send him Bibles.
When asked where those Bibles are, the normally well-spoken businessman
struggled with words while expressing that he stores, gives away, and does
nothing "negative" to the Bibles:
"Well, actually, we keep them in a certain place, a
very, very nice place. But people send me Bibles. And you know, it's very
interesting. I get so much mail, and because, like, you know, I'm in this
incredible location in Manhattan, you can't keep most of the mail you get.
There's no way I would ever throw anything, to do negative to a Bible, so what
we do is we keep all of the Bibles. We just, I would have a fear of doing
something other than very positive, so actually I store them and keep them and
sometimes give them away to other people but I do get sent a lot of Bibles and I
like that. I think that's great.” - Donald Trump, April 11, 2011
In 2015, when asked at a conservative forum if he had ever asked
God for forgiveness, Trump initially tried to dodge the question. When
the question was repeated, to the crowd's applause, he again struggled with
words while conceding:
"I am not sure I have. I just go on and try and do a
better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I
think I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I
don't. Now, when we go in church and I drink my little wine - which is about the
only wine I drink - and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking
for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, ok?
But you know, to me that's important. I do that, but in terms of officially, I
should, you see, I could say, 'Absolutely,' and everybody, I don't think in
terms of that. I think in terms of 'Let’s go on and let’s make it right.'"- Donald Trump, July 18, 2015