Florida church where Melania married Trump slams the president

Florida church where Melania married Trump slams the president
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, asks members of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center Choir to sing another song during the White House National Day of Prayer Service Thursday, May 7, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The clergy at the Florida church where President Donald Trump married his current wife slammed him this week for his Bible photo-op stunt at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. that required pepper spraying peaceful demonstrators in nearby Lafayette Park.


The Palm Beach Post reports that three clergy members at Palm Beach’s Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea issued a joint statement this week condemning Trump for using the Christian holy book as his personal political prop.

"The problem is not that Mr. Trump stood outside a church with Bible in hand," the clergy members said. "The problem is that he used violence to get there and exploited sacred symbols for purely political purposes -- and without even the courtesy of getting in touch with the bishop or rector who first heard of this on the news."

The statement goes on to advise the president on actually reading the Bible instead of simply using it to advance his political interests.

"The Bible he held has much to say about how we ought to live our common life," they said. "It teaches us to care for the stranger, to love God, and to love our neighbors."

The statement was signed by the Rev. James Harlan, the Rev. Burl Salmon, and the Rev. Margaret McGhee.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.