The opponents of President Donald Trump just try to see the worst in all that he sets out to accomplish. Now they’re even trying to fault him for acts of kindness.
Over the weekend Trump, along with his wife Melania and their son Barron, traveled to a wounded Alabama that had just been hit by the worst tornado in 6 years.
Trump consoled victims of the storm with posing for pictures and signed autographs. One item that many people asked Trump to sign was the Bible, a symbol of hope.
Apparently that was unacceptable to some, who’ve tried to manufacture outrage over Trump’s alleged “hubris.”
However religious leaders have largely come out to defend Trump, especially as previous presidents were also known to use the practice.
“Though we don’t have a national faith, there is faith in our nation, and so it’s not at all surprising that people would have politicians sign their Bibles,” said Hershael York, dean of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too.”
Founding dean and professor of divinity emeritus at Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, Bill Leonard shared that Trump was right not to refuse the requests.
“It would’ve been worse if he had said no because it would’ve seemed unkind, and this was at least one way he could show his concern along with his visit,” he shared. “In this setting, where tragedy has occurred and where he comes for this brief visit, we need to have some grace about that for these folks.”
Although there are some detractors, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cassiday-Maloney of Fargo, North Dakota claimed, “It just felt like hubris.” He added, “It almost felt like a desecration of the holy book to put his signature on the front writ large, literally.”
The bottom line is Trump only signed the books as a form of comfort for people who had been devastated by the tornado.
James Coffin, executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida said it best, “Too much is being made out of something that doesn’t deserve that kind of attention.”