Episcopal bishops are furious. Not with the misunderstood “peaceful protesters” who defaced historic St. John’s Church and set it ablaze, but with President Trump. The president dared to desecrate their sanctuary by walking over unannounced and standing in front of it. Worse, he was actually armed with a Bible. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is “outraged.” Bishop Greg Brewer calls it “blasphemy in real time.”
Church officials are ‘outraged’
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde ran straight to CNN on Monday. The leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington told Anderson Cooper how “outraged” she is after President Donald Trump visited her church. The “message” he shared was “antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.” Jesus would be leading the looters, she insists.
The “people of color,” who are “rightfully” setting fires, including one right in the basement of the the historic house of worship Bishop Budde is entrusted with, are simply “demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country.” Setting fires and looting businesses is perfectly okay. What the president did is sacrilege.
After minor arson repairs, the historic facility could go right back to serving the needs of illegal aliens. Now they have a problem. There will be a delay while they have to hold an exorcism. President Donald Trump actually dared to walk across Lafayette Park to stand in front of St. John’s church, where “every U.S. president since James Madison has attended services.” He held a Bible.
The president’s thoughts
Sick of fake news reports suggesting that he was hiding in a bunker, the president decided to go for a walk. The Secret Service cleared Lafayette Square park with teargas and rubber bullets and soon the president and his top advisers were on their way. As the president strolled past a graffiti covered wall, he was peppered with questions including, “what are your thoughts.” For once a reporter had asked him a civil and valid question, so he pondered his answer as he approached the boarded up and smoke damaged edifice. Once everyone was in place, President Donald Trump slowly and carefully replied, “You want to know my thoughts?”
In front of the church, he held up the Bible, showed the plain front, showed the lettering on the spine, pondered some more, then stated… “We have the greatest country in the world.” Bishop Budde couldn’t get to CNN’s studio fast enough. Liberals like her needed to quickly “distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President.” She simply couldn’t believe her ears.
“We align ourselves,” Bishop Budde preached, “with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others,” she continued. “And I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen.” She made some popcorn while she watched justice seeking angels burn the nation’s capital, but what she saw in broad daylight was horrifying.
As a bishop in the Episcopal Church, and an American citizen, I am shaken watching protestors in Lafayette Park gassed and cleared so that the President of the United States can do a photo op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church holding a Bible.This is blasphemy in real time.
— Greg Brewer (@revgregbrewer) June 2, 2020
She wanted to be clear
“Let me be clear” the city’s top Episcopalian proclaimed, “the President just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus,” she told Cooper. Calling our country great. Oh my God! How sick and twisted can you get?
She quickly ran over to another CNN set at the studio to whine at John Berman. There, she was quick to point out that Donald Trump isn’t a “frequent visitor to the church,” Budde judges, “no, he’s not,” adding, “he is not a man of prayer on Sunday morning. We know that. And he is not one to worship at St. John’s regularly or any of the churches of our diocese.”
The president’s charade of bringing his national security adviser Robert O’Brien along for the walk along with Attorney General Bill Barr, Jared Kushner, Mark Meadows, Mark Esper and the dreaded Kayleigh McEnany to show unity in front of a wounded historical symbol is heartbreaking to liberals.
“What I am here to talk about” Bishop Budde whined to CNN, “is the abuse of sacred symbols for the people of faith in this country.” Her boss is just as upset. Michael Curry serves as “presiding” bishop of the whole U.S. Episcopal congregation. He’s also steamed that Trump “used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan purposes.” It takes away from the message of the looters. “This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or heal us.” Carrying a big screen TV away in a shopping cart is much more of a spiritual solution.
Greg Brewer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, tapped out a tweet of solidarity. He too, was “shaken watching protesters in Lafayette Park gassed and cleared so that the President of the United States can do a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding a Bible.” According to him, “This is blasphemy in real time.”