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'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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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “'He Did Not Pray': Fallout Grows From Trump's Photo-Op At St. John's Church ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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."

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