Thursday, October 20, 2016

blog 2- Reflecting of Religious Identity on Memes


My case study will focus on Trump and Pope Francis and their views during the current Political campaign through memes.  I will specifically use Catholicism and the Pope's views as the center for my case study.  Catholics and the Pope represent and stand by their beliefs very throughly.  I personally am a Catholic and have completed Baptism, Confirmation, etc.  Growing up it was a very strict Religion that had key beliefs including Pro Life, care for the sick, fighting for the poor, etc.  The Pope is the leader and guide to informing the public on social issues and religious issues as well.  Recently, Trump has said he was a Christian to try to connect to a US religious cultural tradition.  He is trying to build favor by claiming to be a Christian as a strategy for advancing public policy.  The meme I chose on the left show the Pope declaring all that the Church believes in and even incenuates he should run individually.  This meme is particularly funny because he does have should a strong follower base and belief system, yet he is the Pope and can not run.  The meme on the right shows the Pope on the left showing a cross as a symbol of worship and the right shows Trump with a "T" that assumes he believes and listens to only himself.  Trump will say what he wants to say, but in the end the people can only trust in what he does by his actions, not words.  He says he is Christian, yet he does and believes in things that are not always correct with the Christian belief system.  Overall, I thought these memes presented the political election in a funny and eye opening revelation regarding politics and religion. 

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