Trump Accused Of Exploiting Sacred Symbols By Clergy Of Church Where He Married Melania
President Donald Trump was accused earlier this month by the clergy of the Palm Beach, Florida church where he married Melania Trump in 2005 for using sacred symbols “for purely political purposes”.
The federal authorities' use of tear gas to disperse peaceful anti-racism protesters on June 1 to allow Trump to pose with a Bible for pictures in front of St. John's Church has been criticized by members of the clergy of the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, reported the Palm Beach Post on Thursday.
"The problem is not that Mr. Trump was standing in front of a church with the Bible in his hand," wrote three clergymen in a statement that was first published on the church website on June 2, the day after the photo op and it was well received online at the end of this week.
"The problem is that he used violence to get there and used sacred symbols for purely political purposes," they said.
The clergy of the church noted that "we regularly pray for the president and other political leaders" so that "they are made to rule with justice and justice and to breathe life into people in the shadow of death".
"Our prayers for the President will go on as they should," they added. “But because we pray for justice and justice, we cannot tolerate the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators. We cannot tolerate the exploitation of a church and a Bible as props that only lead to further division. "
Trump generally condemned the stunt, but claimed that "most religious leaders love it."
"I think it was very symbolic," Trump said last week. "I held up a Bible. I think that's a good thing, not a bad thing. "
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