I’ll be honest with you. I felt the need to at least wash my hands after posting this photo of the man who’s currently playing the role of US president. I felt compelled to post it because, in this case, a picture is truly worth a thousand words.
The Tweets below by Robert Hendrickson, Rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona, about sum it up about Dear Leader’s tawdry publicity stunt and who he is as a human being. It reminds me of Candidate Trump’s laughable quote at a January 2016 speech at Liberty University, no less: Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame. … Is that the one you like? Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And, of course, Bill Maher’s reference (2:35) to “Two Corinthians walk into a bar…”
Bonus: Statement from Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Let me be clear: the president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for. And to do so, as you just said, he sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the churchyard. I am outraged. The president did not pray when he came to St. John’s, nor as you just articulated did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now and in particular that of the people of color in our nation who wonder if anyone ever, anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred worth, and who are rightfully demanding an end of 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, we in the Diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love, do not, we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this president. We follow someone who led a life of non-violence and sacrificial love. We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others through the sacred act of peaceful protest, and I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen tonight.
Shalom (שלום), MAA