Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trump and the Devout Muslim

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trump and the Devout Muslim

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I live in the Beaver Valley, but work sometimes in Toronto.

On a recent Saturday morning, still in Toronto, I woke up early, intending to return home. I drove straight to the nearest gas station/coffee shop, arriving there sharply at 7 a.m. Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed the figure of a man, apparently lying on the concrete pad next to the shop. A drunk? Early in the morning, here at the Tim Hortons?

I didn't really see him at first because I was still steering around other cars and whatnot. But at that precise instant, CBC Radio had Donald Trump on saying: "No more Islamic terrorists! We don't want them!"

I parked the car, got out and, with Trump's message still ringing in my ears, looked more closely at the "drunk." He had his shoes off and he was kneeling on a spread-out garbage bag. He was facing east. He was praying. Oh.

The aural message and the visual message, received at the same instant, were irreconcilable. It was a startling juxtaposition: totally disorienting and discomfiting. …

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