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Pope’s challenge to Trump: How Pope’s remarks would effect opinion polls?

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The Pope has questioned US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Christianity over his call to build a border wall with Mexico. Pope Francis said “a person who thinks only about building walls… and not of building bridges, is not Christian”.The New York businessman supports deporting nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants.Calling himself a “proud Christian”, Mr Trump blamed Mexico for the Pope’s remarks, calling them “disgraceful”. Mr Trump has alleged that Mexico sends “rapists” and criminals to the US. Pope Francis made the comments at the end of a six-day trip to Mexico. Trump, who is the leading Republican candidate in national opinion polls, has been at the centre of a number of controversies, including one over his pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants if elected president. He is known for making controversial statements, which is also confirmed by his defiant posture over his highly inflammable remarks that Muslims should be barred from entering the United States. This is reflective of his overall thinking and worldview and one wonders where he would take the US if he makes his way to the Oval Office. By making apt assessment of his personality and remarks, the Pope has not only showcased Christianity but also earned respect of Muslims. In fact, there is no fundamental difference among all revealed religions as all of them stand for peace, security, equality and human rights. Who knows better than the Pope that the world has suffered a lot in the name of religion. Apart from the ongoing war against terrorism, which is necessarily the product of clear bias against Islam and its followers, there have been other political disputes that are lingering on because of religious prejudices. There is, therefore, dire need to bridge differences among believers of different faith yet the emerging figure in the US presidential race is taking things to another extreme. We hope that the Pope, who is listened to with rapt attention, would make it a mission to promote the cause of inter-faith harmony and global peace.

 

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