In my book, “’Star Wars’ Is Still Intact: Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump”, I defend journalists in my chapter titled “When you realize that the president of the United States would be cool with assaulting you.”
“Donald Trump has made me afraid as much as at any point when he has been a candidate or occupied the White House when he tweeted a video of him attacking a person with a CNN logo superimposed over the individual’s head – and that it was his most re-tweeted tweet at least at the time,” wrote I, a journalist myself. “’He’s going to get a reporter killed,’ I said out loud, considering what the promotion of violence could incite.”
My chapter is among 10 that comprise the book. Besides writings about “Star Wars” and Trump, the work is also made up of my writings about the trauma in leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also a few chapters about sexuality, Thanksgiving and body size.
“It’s nothing short of trauma,” I said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone who leaves the Latter-day Saint church needs therapy for some extent of time.”
I may have been the only person at the Provo, Utah homeless shelter who had not done drugs or alcohol but had to stay there. A nurse practitioner said he was surprised Wilkinson wasn’t “dealing,” “stealing” & “pimping” by then. It marked a continuation of a span of time where I faced many hardships. They availed him to thoughts he may not have had otherwise, and I wrote a book featuring them.
Those hardships started on July 12, 2015. That was the day I lost faith in the church. I didn’t expect that that would launch an existential crisis. However, the departure of my wife and my mother acknowledging she withheld her love from me didn’t help.
Since, I, a writer who has been public about Latter-day Saint church issues and his struggles, has faced unusual employment issues in Utah. I was also “shellacked” and “railroaded,” to quote separate attorneys, by a Utah County judge, and have needed to represent myself beyond a year-and-a-half, including doing legal work on Christmas.
But I has had to get clear of a cult, and that came during an extraordinary cultural time in the United States. “Star Wars” returned to the big screen and Donald Trump was elected president, resulting in a public questioning of institutions.
For more information about the book, click here. Here are the chapters:
“When your faith crisis makes you wander 1,003 miles”
“When you have an ideological flirtation with neo-fundamentalism”
“When you come to a realization about sexuality (it might not be what you expect)”
“When you realize that ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is really not that bad”
“When you realize that you probably shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving”
“When you realize that the president of the United States would be cool with assaulting you”
“When you realize that working for Disney’s Lucasfilm could be the letdown of a lifetime”
“When you have a story for the previously announced Obi-Wan Kenobi film”
“When deep-red Utah has a Trump resistance movement”
“When you literally loom large, but are not threatening”