While he was in Alabama on Friday touring the destruction wrought last week by massive tornadoes that touched down in the state, President Donald Trump stopped by a Baptist church in Opelika and visited with residents.
Oh, and he also autographed copies of the Bible.
Yes, you read that correctly: The president signed Bibles as if he were putting his John Hancock on a copy of one of his own books.
The crowd cheering when President Trump took a picture with Gatlin, a 12 year old who has been volunteering at Providence Church all week. The President also signed some bibles. pic.twitter.com/CTOsFQhlOZ
— Sally Pitts (@SallyPitts_WSFA) March 8, 2019
While some who got their Bibles signed called Trump’s visit a “godsend,” not everyone was cool with the notion of anyone taking a Sharpie and etching their name across the cover of a holy book.
Wayne Flynt, a Baptist deacon and Auburn University professor emeritus, said signing a Bible “is right next to sacrilege. That’s a holy book!”
It didn’t take long before Twitter joined the debate:
Donald J. Trump is signing Bibles. The man whose vicious and inhumane border policy violates the fundamental teachings of Jesus is signing Bibles.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 8, 2019
In Trump’s defense, he wrote as much of the Bible as “Art of The Deal” https://t.co/BsR6pTkaxK
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 8, 2019
When the man who embodies all 7 deadly sins—lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride—is signing Bibles it means that it is time to reevaluate your religion.
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) March 8, 2019
In Alabama, Trump signed the COVER of Bibles.
So his record is still intact: He’s never actually opened one. pic.twitter.com/L7XzCAJy3G
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 8, 2019
Good grief. Trumpty was autographing Bibles today in Alabama! Don’t you just know those books are gonna burst into flames someday.
— JG (@Jaxjanetg) March 8, 2019
He signed bibles with the same hand he used — as President — to sign hush money checks to an adult film star. https://t.co/ecQH8ooJaf
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) March 8, 2019
Per a pool report from the tornado zone, the president *signed people’s Bibles* in Alabama today.
Old joke, adapted:
–– What’s the difference between God and Donald Trump?
–– God doesn’t think he’s Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/y2nZwiHeXy
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 8, 2019
I hope Trump leaves room in all the Bibles he signs for the other three horsemen.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 8, 2019
Pretty sure that a man as immoral as Donald Trump signing the Bible is one of the signs of the apocalypse.
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