Vice President Mike Pence is a person who genuinely cares about religion. He publicly stated before he was nominated to be the Vice Presidential candidate for Donald Trump that he is first a religious person, and only after that a politician. Everything relating to religion with him is genuine. He properly focused on what matters most in his speech in Jerusalem. We must learn the lessons of the Holocaust when dealing with the new-old threats of anti-semitism.
“May the memory of the martyrs be enshrined in the hearts of all humanity for all time. May God bless the Jewish people, may God bless the State of Israel and the United States of America. Oseh shalom bimromav. Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu. V’al kol Yisrael V’imru: Amen.” Tweeted by Vice President Mike Pence
Most of the Presidents of the United States of America in the 20th and 21st century have not been very religious people. The most religious President may have very well been Harry S. Truman. He also turned out to be the most consequential President of the United States for the State of Israel. In the most critical time, in 1947 and 1948, as the State of Israel was in the midst of being established, he stood up against massive pressure from the State Department – specifically from Secretary Marshall, and supported the establishment of the State of Israel. Many historians believe that it was his deep religious beliefs that drove him to take such a bold stand. Was it also connected to the horrors of the Holocaust that had gone on a mere 3 years earlier? Yes. President Truman said so very clearly. He said that if there was ever a group of people who deserved there own state, it was the Jewish people. Vice President Mike Pence is a mid-Westerner with similar attitudes as President Truman. He would make a great follow-up act to President Trump in 2024.