After threatening to deploy the military against Americans protesting across the nation, President Trump visited St. John’s church nearby — not to pray or to offer healing words to the country, but for a photo-op.
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, to which the church belongs, is “outraged” and made her sentiments known.
She told The New York Times:
“The president used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without even asking us, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for.
It is appalling. The Bible is not an instrument of white supremacy or American nationalism. It is a universal text for all human beings.
The president did not come to pray at St. Johns. He did not come to acknowledge the agony that our country is experiencing right now. He never mentioned the sacred worth of people of color in our nation who rightfully demand an end to hundreds of years of systemic racism and white supremacy.”