Separation of church and state is the foundation stone on which our nation was built, but President Donald Trump ignored it on Monday to endorse Bible classes in schools in a Twitter post that caused all hell to break loose.
Republicans in several states have introduced bills to put Bible classes in schools that students supposedly can “volunteer” to take.
Trump apparently saw the report on Fox News and immediately tweeted his support.
Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
One Twitter user pointed out the connection to Fox News, which Trump watches throughout the day during his “executive time.”
In case you’re wondering about the president’s sudden interest in the Bible.
Left, Fox & Friends, 7:53 am
Right, Trump, 8:21 am pic.twitter.com/VynQvYQTJQ
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 28, 2019
Other Twitter users called out Trump’s hypocrisy or slammed him for violating the Constitution.
A reporter really should ask Trump to name, specifically, his favorite passage of the Bible. https://t.co/cOmiRemU9U
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 28, 2019
The Holy Bible, The Constitution of the United States, any book that doesn’t have pictures…”What are things Trump has never read?” Correct! https://t.co/nOyiLA04d7
— Julian® (@sixxis311) January 28, 2019
This is Trump directly opposing the very foundation on which the US was established
Everyone is free to study the Bible – after school. https://t.co/HjRpbXxUf3
— Kelley White (@CreaBellezza_) January 28, 2019
Also if any student that takes one of these Bible Literacy classes still supports Trump afterwards, they need to flunk Bible Literacy class.
— AaronMTS (@MotionToStrike) January 28, 2019
Odds Donald Trump has read the Bible? Zero. https://t.co/aAtdSDjuFG
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 28, 2019
Trump doesnt give a shit about Christianity nor the bible … just playing to his gullible base as always https://t.co/dMxPJBnH1u
— Adaer (@napalmnapplejax) January 28, 2019
so sayeth The Great Phony Christian, who once seriously discussed taking the oath of office with his hand not on a bible, but on a copy of The Art of The Deal. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CRETIN IS FAKE, PHONY, AND ILLEGITIMATE. GO TO HELL, TRUMP.
— bvd (@jexahay) January 28, 2019
Trump is now tweeting about Bible literacy classes, the sign of a desperate man losing his supporters. In a few seconds he’ll quote Jesus on the Wall, Hillary’s emails and how many of the Ten Commandments are Fake News
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) January 28, 2019
Trump when asked what his favorite Bible verse is-“I wouldn’t want to get into it-because to me that’s very personal. You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal so I don’t want to get into verses. The Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics”
— Darlene (@camperchick1) January 28, 2019
Start with Psalm 37 and get back to me. https://t.co/dTWNhvKvdC
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 28, 2019
Clearly, Trump is pandering to his evangelical base in the aftermath of his cave to Democrats on the government shutdown, which caused cracks in their support of him.
But schools that offer Bible classes expose themselves to litigation because if schools are going to offer classes on the Bible, they will need to offer classes on the Koran, the Torah, and any other religious text, including Satanic Temple and atheist literature.
How do we know this? Because it’s happened before in Florida. After a school district allowed Bibles to be handed out to students, the Satanic Temple and atheists demanded equal time, forcing the school to block the distribution of the Bible.
The same will likely occur when schools start offering Bible classes. Again, there’s a reason why religion does not belong in schools. Not every American practices Christianity. Furthermore, these classes could be easily hijacked by religious extremists to preach anti-gay and anti-women beliefs or even the belief that rebellious teens should be stoned to death, while pressuring students to convert. This is why Bible classes are not a good idea and it’s why the president of the United States should not endorse them in schools.
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