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Episcopal Bishop ‘Outraged’ Trump Had Protesters Tear-Gassed To Use ‘Our Church As A Prop’

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Episcopal Bishop ‘Outraged’ Trump Had Protesters Tear-Gassed To Use ‘Our Church As A Prop’




The bishop who oversees St. John’s Episcopal Church was “outraged” that President Trump would use that place of worship for a photo-op on Monday night shortly after police used tear gas and flash-bang grenades to a clear a path for his visit.

Speaking with Washington Post reporter Michelle Boorstein, Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde, the diocese of Washington, D.C., said that neither she nor the rector in charge of the church—which suffered fire damage during Sunday evening’s protests—were informed in advance of the visit



Budde said no one was told “that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.”

“Holding a bible, one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence,” Budde added.

“I am beyond,” she said. “We need moral leadership and he’s done everything to divide us and has just used one of the most sacred symbols of the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

“We so disassociate ourselves from the messages of this president. We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so so grounding to our lives and everything we do and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.”








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