This evening, the President of the United States stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, lifted up a bible, and had pictures of himself taken. In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes.
— Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (@PB_Curry) June 2, 2020
President Trump today used tear gas to disperse a peaceful crowd for a photo-op of him holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.[Update: Trump is demanding that “the media” retract the statement that tear gas was used. The Attorney General of United State personally ordered the forced removal of peaceful protestors.
Federal police officers then used force to clear a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators from the street between the White House and the church, apparently so Trump could make the visit.
She noted that Trump stood in front of the church — its windows boarded up with plywood after demonstrators shattered glass there and in many other buildings on nearby streets Sunday night — holding a bible, “one that declares that God is love.”
Bishop Budde’s statement to the president:
Photo Credit: Roger Hutchison