'He Did Not Pray': Fallout Grows From Trump's Photo-Op At St. John's Church
Added 06-02-20 11:07:02am EST - “"He did not pray. He did not offer a word of balm or condolence to those who are grieving," says the bishop who oversees the church. Washington's mayor was more direct: "Shameful!"” - Npr.org
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President Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington has set off criticism, as police used tear gas and force to clear a path for him to walk from the White House. Tom Brenner/Reuters hide caption
President Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington has set off criticism, as police used tear gas and force to clear a path for him to walk from the White House.
President Trump's controversial foray to St. John's Church on Monday is generating widespread criticism, after police and National Guard troops physically cleared out demonstrators and used tear gas to allow a photo opportunity outside the church. The bishop who oversees St. John's is among the critics.
"He used violent means to ask to be escorted across the park into the courtyard of the church," Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington tells NPR's Morning Edition. "He held up his Bible after speaking [an] inflammatory militarized approach to the wounds of our nation."
"He did not pray. He did not offer a word of balm or condolence to those who are grieving. He did not seek to unify the country, but rather he used our symbols and our sacred space as a way to reinforce a message that is antithetical to everything that the person of Jesus, whom we follow, and the gospel texts that we strive to emulate ... represent."
I imposed a curfew at 7pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful!— Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC at 7 pm (@MurielBowser) June 2, 2020
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"Our Ambassador should be certainly making representations on behalf of these Australians who effectively been assaulted...for doing their job" - Leader of the @AustralianLabor Party @AlboMP speaking after @Channel7 journalist & cameraman were hit. https://t.co/rCG56KbYRw #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/CUslYLfYes— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 2, 2020
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