Trump's church visit is applauded by religious leaders

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Last night he held a Bible in front of St John's Episcopal Church, just across the road from the White House. Today, he'll visit the Shrine to St John Paul II, also in Washington DC.

US President Donald Trump's signalling of religious affiliation has been welcomed by a range of clerics as the nation struggles to manage the twin challenges of a pandemic and widespread political protest.

The Episcopal Bishop of Washington, the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, said: "The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, as a backdrop for a message true to the teachings of Jesus."

James Martin, a Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican's communications department, tweeted: "Let me be clear. This is amazing. The Bible is in clear view. An object of hope.

Rabbi Jack Moline, President of the Interfaith Alliance, said: "Seeing President Trump standing in front of St John's Episcopal Church while holding a Bible in response to calls for racial justice - is one of the most courageous acts of religion that I have ever seen."

The President has sealed a powerful bond with religious voters by embracing their political priorities and appointing two Supreme Court justices - Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch - and federal judges with their support.

This may explain why the president has repeatedly demanded the reopening of churches, saying, on 22 May, "If they don't do it, I will override the governors."



  • Kathleen Robley

    Kathleen Robley

    1:59 PM, 06-06-2020

    No comment

  • Ray Cooney

    Ray Cooney

    9:16 PM, 05-06-2020

    That Bible is very significant as it was given to President Trump by his mother. It is the New Hebrides Revival Bible and if you would like to understand the significance of it go and view the video about it on ORU TV

  • D. Ree

    D. Ree

    12:22 AM, 05-06-2020

    Its interesting that the Liberal sect viewed this picture in an opposite point of view.


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