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The crackdown before the photo-op at St. John’s

Drawing on footage captured from dozens of cameras, as well as police radio communications and other records, The Washington Post reconstructed the events … including of the roles of the agencies involved and the tactics and weaponry they used.

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Roundup: Bishops on This Week’s Protests

Episcopal and Anglican bishops from all over the world have weighed in on the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the United States this week, as well as the use of St. John’s, Lafayette Square as a prop for a presidential photo. (See the Cafe’s previous coverage of the protests and reactions here, here, and here.) What follows is a collection of more statements from the past few days.

The Province III (covering dioceses in the mid-Atlantic) bishops write:

We […]

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Religious leaders respond to President Trump’s appearance outside St John’s Church

“Using precious objects of our faith as props in a display to uphold white dominance and violence is a blatant display of evil.
The words of our Bible are the lifeblood of our prayers. They teach us about peace, love and justice, and sustain us when we need hope. The words of the Bible connect us to the life and teachings of Jesus. Through him we have learned to love our neighbor and build beloved community.” – Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont

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Washington Bishop Budde: Trump used our church as a prop

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde’s Response to the President

The President just used a Bible and one of the churches of my diocese as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for. To do so, he sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the church yard.

I am outraged.

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