President Donald Trump visited parts of Alabama on Friday to see the damage caused by a deadly tornado that ravaged the area last week. During the visit, people approached the president about signing their Bible.
Donald Trump signing bibles is like Hannibal Lecter signing cookbooks.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 8, 2019
You guys... He...he signed *the covers* pic.twitter.com/bLQzVN9vcB— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) March 8, 2019
Naturally, Trump granted their request.
Some have made a big deal about the ordeal, but some religious leaders didn't have an issue with it. After all, past presidents have signed Bible and guess what? No one had an issue with it then.
“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,” Hershael York, dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Theology in Louisville, Kentucky, told the Associated Press. “Those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too.”
Bill Leonard, the founding dean and professor of divinity emeritus at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said it's a tradition for Bible's to be signed, especially in the Southern part of the United States.
Leonard said it would have been a different situation if this was done at a political rally but Trump was visiting a church.
“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 said. “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.”
Of course, the Leftist mainstream media was absolutely outraged by the ordeal.
People don't understand the purpose of Trump signing bibles. Many people are without a way to prepare food after a disaster. When Trump signs a bible, it bursts into flame and people can cook over it. https://t.co/k8fkKyzZQB— Bill Prady (@billprady) March 8, 2019
If you asked Donald Trump to name two people who appear in the Bible he would say "Jesus," pause for eleven minutes, and then say "...Frodo?" https://t.co/28oPqTkbTE— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) March 9, 2019
Trump:— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 9, 2019
???? Never asked God for forgiveness
???? I don’t bring God into the picture
???? Mocks communion
???? Can’t name a Bible verse
???? Bible too personal to quote
???? But waves Bible to pander
???? Misstates II Corinthians
???? Signs Bibles for tornado victims
???? Grabs women by the p***y pic.twitter.com/imyXlPeQLV
Tell you what. If you own “Art of the Deal,” I’ll sign George H. Takei on the cover. Just like Trump signing the Bible, it makes absolutely no sense in any context. But at least I can cover up his face with it.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 9, 2019
Look, I don't know where the rest of you stand on Bible-signing. I think it's weird; I would think it's weird no matter who does it. What I'm mostly being snide about is that once again, Trump is getting a pass from the right on something that would normally make them apeshit.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 9, 2019
God is actually dead. If He wasn’t, every bystander in that church would have their heads explode and faces melt when Donald Trump scrawls his name in the first Bible. https://t.co/5eCMvQekAp— David Simon (@AoDespair) March 8, 2019
Trump autographing Bibles is like Jesus signing tits at a porn convention. https://t.co/SQ8UrMfr8r— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) March 8, 2019
It looks like Trump thinks he literally wrote the Bible https://t.co/NOjR0XnJm7— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 9, 2019
I remember in college joking about auctioning off an autographed copy of the Bible.— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 8, 2019
Cut to 2019:
And here’s legendary holy man, Don Trump autographing Bibles as if he were the author. https://t.co/9wwJeuykp7
If during my Baptist childhood, Bill Clinton or even George H.W. Bush had signed a Bible...I cannot imagine how many sermons and revivals would have been dedicated to the blasphemy of our lost leader. https://t.co/XenXWGlQL3— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) March 9, 2019
Trump signing bibles is the equivalent to letting Bill Cosby prepare the sacramental wine— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) March 9, 2019
I don’t know who it is a worse commentary on: Trump actually signing Bibles in Alabama, or the people asking him to sign a Bible. Lordy Moses.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 8, 2019
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
People are the Right were quick to remind others that past presidents have signed Bibles as well. This isn't a new phenomenon by any means.
1) Truman's signed note in an admirer's Book of Psalms https://t.co/XoWv9LHJ9T— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 9, 2019
2-3) Autographs of Clintons, Gore, Carters, Mondale in bible of collector Stephen Koschal https://t.co/LieTXZHftk
4) Heads exploding over Trump signing Bibles for Alabama tornado survivors pic.twitter.com/mWWMUS4ELM
The Bible signing thing is a non-issue. A few people put Bibles in front of Trump to sign, so he did. Other presidents have done the same. If anyone should be criticized, it's the people who bring their Bibles to be signed in the first place. I don't really expect Trump to refuse— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 9, 2019
A few points: 1) I'm not going to rip Trump on this bible signing issue; 2) I would never have a politician sign my bible but I won't judge those folks down in Alabama; 3) But Betty, you are correct, if Obama had signed a bunch of bibles, conservative media would have gone crazy. https://t.co/tQFR02CbM0— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 9, 2019
The people who support abortion and mock prayer are now expressing disgust over Trump signing bibles in Alabama.— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) March 9, 2019
Until they understand the Bible, they can spare me the faux anger. What was he to do...tell them no? That’s not the type of man he is under such tragic circumstances. https://t.co/c7YSoPAKat
Truman signs a Bible: *crickets*— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) March 9, 2019
Carter signs a Bible: *crickets*
Clinton signs a Bible: *crickets*
Gore signs a Bible: *crickets*
Trump signs a Bible: *HYSTERIA*
Here's the thing: I personally wouldn't ask the president to sign my Bible. I'd ask for a hat, t-shirt, maybe a picture or a book. But if you just experienced a horrible tragedy, if faith and hope is all you have left, then who cares?
The mainstream media is always looking for something to be upset about, especially when it comes to Trump. It's ironic, and rather funny, that the Left is suddenly made up of moral, church goers who know all about religion and the Bible.