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Trump signed Bibles. Heresy? Many religious leaders say no

President Donald Trump did just what he could to pick up spirits when he signed Bibles in an Alabama church for surviving a tornado outbreak, says many religious leaders, although some are offended and others say he could have dealt with it differently. . 19659002] Hershael York, Dean of Theological Seminary School of Theology in Louisville, Kentucky, said he had no problem with the Trump Signature Bibles, which former presidents have, because he was asked, and it was important to the people who asked."Although we do not have a national belief, there is faith in our nation, and it is not surprising that people would get politicians to write their bibles," he said. "These Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are too."Men Rev. Donnie Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, said she was insulted by the way Trump scratched his signature Friday as he autographed Bibles and other things, including hats, and was put off for photos. She regarded it as a "calculated political movement" by the Republican President of the Court's evangelical voting base.Presidents have a long history of signing Bibles, but former presidents signed them as gifts to send a spiritual message. President Ronald Reagan signed a Bible secretly sent to Iranian officials in 1It had been different, Anderson said, if Trump had written a Bible from the spotlight for someone with whom he had a close connection."For me, the Bible is a very important part of my faith and…

President Donald Trump did just what he could to pick up spirits when he signed Bibles in an Alabama church for surviving a tornado outbreak, says many religious leaders, although some are offended and others say he could have dealt with it differently. . 19659002] Hershael York, Dean of Theological Seminary School of Theology in Louisville, Kentucky, said he had no problem with the Trump Signature Bibles, which former presidents have, because he was asked, and it was important to the people who asked.

“Although we do not have a national belief, there is faith in our nation, and it is not surprising that people would get politicians to write their bibles,” he said. “These Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are too.”

Men Rev. Donnie Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, said she was insulted by the way Trump scratched his signature Friday as he autographed Bibles and other things, including hats, and was put off for photos. She regarded it as a “calculated political movement” by the Republican President of the Court’s evangelical voting base.

Presidents have a long history of signing Bibles, but former presidents signed them as gifts to send a spiritual message. President Ronald Reagan signed a Bible secretly sent to Iranian officials in 1

It had been different, Anderson said, if Trump had written a Bible from the spotlight for someone with whom he had a close connection.

“For me, the Bible is a very important part of my faith and I don’t think it should be used as a political trick,” she said. “I saw that it was used as something out there to symbolize his support for the gospel community, and it shouldn’t be used that way. People should have greater respect for Scripture.”

York said he would personally not ask a politician to sign a Bible, but that he has been asked to sign Bibles after he preached. It feels uncomfortable, he said, but he doesn’t refuse.

“If it makes sense for them to have signatures in the Bible, I am willing to do so,” he said.

A request for comment was left with the White House on Saturday, one day after Trump visited Alabama to investigate the devastation and pay respect for tornado victims. Tornado cut a road to destruction nearly a mile wide and killed 23 people, including four children and a couple in the 80s, with 10 victims belonging to a single extended family.

At Providence Baptist Church in the Beauregard community in Alabama Rev. Rusty Sowell said the president’s visit was uplifting and will help draw attention to a society that will need a long time to recover.

Before leaving the Church, Trump posed a photograph of a fifth-degree volunteer and signed the child’s Bible, said Ada Ingram, a local volunteer. The president also wrote his sister’s Bible, Ingram said. In pictures from the visit, Trump signs the cover of a Bible.

Trump should at least have written in a less ostentatious way, says Rev. Dr. Kevin Cassiday-Maloney.

“It just felt like hubris,” said Cassiday-Maloney, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo, North Dakota. “It almost felt like a dismissal of the sacred book to get its signature on the front written literally, literally.”

He doesn’t think politicians should write subbibles, he said, as it could be seen as a blur in the church

It would have been impossible if Trump had taken bibles and released them, but that was not the case, James Coffin said. , Managing Director of the Interraith Council of Central Florida.

“Too much is done by something that does not deserve that kind of attention,” he said.

Bill Leonard, founding dean and professor of divinity emeritus at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, awoke to Facebook posts Saturday morning by former students who were upset at Trump signed the Bibles because they did not see him as an appropriate example of spiritual guidance.

But, Leonard said, it is important to remember that Signature Bibles is an ancient tradition, especially in southern churches.

Leonard said he would have seen it as more problematic if the signing was done at a political rally. He can’t see how Trump could have refused in the church.

“It would have been worse if he had said no because it would have seemed unpleasant, and there was at least one way he could show his concern over with his visit,” he said. “In this setting, where tragedy has occurred and where he comes for this brief visit, we need to have some grace for it for these people.”

Contributing to this report was Associated Press author Bruce Schreiner in Louisville, Kentucky; Dave Kolpack in Fargo, North Dakota; and Michael Schneider in Orlando, Florida.

This story has been corrected to show that Providence Baptist Church is located in the Beauregard community in Alabama, not Smith’s Station.

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