'Outrageous': bishop of Washington DC rejects Trump use of church as prop during George Floyd protests
Right Rev Mariann Budde voices anger, saying the church aligns itself with those seeking justice for Floyd’s death
Minutes after speaking in the Rose Garden about the importance of “law and order” to quell the unrest over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Trump walked across the street to St John’s Episcopal church, where every American president since James Madison has worshipped.
But not before police used teargas and force to clear the streets for Trump’s photo opportunity.Once he arrived at St John’s, Trump held up a Bible that read “God is love”, while posing in front of the church’s sign.The Right Rev Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, told the Washington Post: “I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.”
Trump’s message is at odds with the values of love and tolerance espoused by the church, Budde said, before describing the president’s visit as an opportunity to use the church, and a Bible, as a “backdrop”.“Let me be clear, the President just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus,” she told CNN.
“We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others. And I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen,” she added.“I don’t want President Trump speaking for St John’s. We so dissociate ourselves from the messages of this president,” she told the Washington Post. “We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so, so grounding to our lives and everything we do, and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.”
Other religious leaders echoed her comments.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Primate of the Episcopal church, accused the president of using the church and Bible for “partisan political purposes”. He added: “For the sake of George Floyd, for all who have wrongly suffered, and for the sake of us all, we need leaders to help us to be “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
Father Edward Beck, a Catholic priest, tweeted: '“Has the Bible ever been used in a more disingenuous and exploitative way?”Trump’s televised walk to St Johns comes after the president was criticized for rushing to an underground bunkernearly an hour in the bunker as protesters gathered outside the White House on Friday night. Trump spent , which is typically reserved for wartime or terrorist attacks, according to accounts by unnamed officials.
Protests have rocked the capital for days, with regular demonstrations taking place outside the White House. While largely peaceful, there have been multiple clashes between police and demonstrators, and on Sunday night several fires broke out. Read more: The Guardian »
Still waiting for the Guardian to condemn the looters. Neither using bible, the situation is gonna change. Every day he is provoking the anger and hate people. The Bible should have burst into flames in his hands. He's a disgrace! From his bunker Neo-Fascist leader want to kill his own because they want justice.
What a f***ing animal. the church deacon: 'last time he was in the church was March 17, 2019.' in the words of AOC: 'He holds that Bible like it's burning him' same pair of hands that grabs pussy. ALL Christian denominations came from the Catholic church.. ALL Christians follow the doctrines created by the Catholic church.. I wonder just how many of these rioters claim to be Christians? LAWLESSNESS BREEDS LAWLESSNESS.. WWJD? He wouldn't be Lawless! NO He was NOT a LIBERAL!
Too bad he can't fire the bishop. T may declare the bishop as communist and terrorist. What Trump did with the Bible in front of that church in DC is a complete and total sacrilege, an abomination!! That erratic fellow is abusing his powers!! Apparently it's a book, news to me as well Great to see the church is focused on the real issues! Rather than it’s church being burned down
It was making a point that the national government had taken back control given how things have been allowed to get out of hand in some states. Pics of police busting their own cars, delivering bricks ... Media isn't all it seems Resolutely support Trump! People who cannot distinguish between good and evil have no faith!
He should NEVER ever hold a bible. He preach more HATE than love. I'm surprised that the Bible isn't burning his hands. Instead of just holding it, maybe he should crack it open and actually read it. Like love God with you whole heart and love thy neighbor. Hey, he's against most Americans. It’s gonna be okay.
I'm surprised he hasn't burst into flames handling a Bible like that after what he did. Cringeworthy and bizarre.. more of the same from this President. My hair’s dyed yellow gold My mind’s full of racist mold I have this Bible I like to hold No one cares what she thinks Whatever. About time he wore his KKK uniform.
Boo hoo What a con artist. He doesn't stand for ANYTHING that church believes in. The anti George Washington “ I cannot tell the truth “. Why look for problems...why do keep trying to spread hatred and division Riots* He looks like he is trying to figure out the title of the book... PaedophileAndChief bunkerboy
The church is full of pedophiles raping children and THAT'S what enrages him? Very good Bishop does not criticize those burnt the church, but blame the one who support it. Typical of Trump all show!!. No substance Outrageous He holds it like he is reading the binding for the title of the book or 'WTF is this in my hand?'. Bibles don't have that!!! At least I have never seen one like that.
The whole photo op was fucking bizarre Religious extremism... politicalbishop Esa Iglesia fue usada antes x los violentos Trump is a bltch
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