By Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge
By now, everyone has seen it. The photo op that came at the cost of tear gassing (banned in war by the Geneva Convention) and shooting protesters outside the White House, so Trump could hold up a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, while a DC Bishop expressed outrage at the stunt:
The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington wasn’t informed of Trump’s plans, calling it an outrage that “they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.”
Remarkable CNN interview with the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She remarks on Donald Trump: “I can’t believe what my eyes are seeing tonight. What on earth did we just witness? The abuse of sacred symbols.”–@mattmfm
Elizabeth Warren, also, expressed outrage, but perhaps got it wrong by calling it a “useless photo-op.” Holding the bible in the air against the backdrop of a protest-damaged church after giving a ‘law and order’ speech continues a long, powerful thread in Trump’s presidency: White Christians are under threat by forces arrayed against their values, their institutions, even their persons.
How do we know? Because we asked and they told us.
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