By: KENNEDY CALISE
On March 3, 2019, a huge tornado hit on the southeastern side of Alabama. 23 people were killed including children, and dozens have been injured. Furthermore, President Trump decided to show awareness of the disaster then he stopped by a church in Alabama to not only tour the disaster but to also meet and comfort victims.
Emily Pike who was one of the volunteers helping out at the church and has a ten-year-old daughter Meredith Pike. From wmr.com, Emily Pike states, “She just reached out there and said, ‘Mr. President, would you sign this?” Merideth Pike hands Trump her bible. He grabbed it from her and signed it, then hands it to his wife Melania Trump to sign it also. Pike also states other people including her friend have also gotten their bible signed.
Other people did not have a problem with Trump signing bibles. Dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Theology said, “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, those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too.”(snopes)
Also, Trump is not the first president to sign bibles. Presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan also did so.
This action has gotten some controversy. Some people said the action was disrespectful towards the Christian faith. People like Reverend Donnie Anderson have commented, “For me, the bible is a very important part of my faith, and I don’t think it should be used as a political ploy.” In Fargo, North Dakota, in The First Congregational Church of Christ, Reverend Dr. Kevin Cassiday-Maloney said he could’ve signed it differently. He also said it almost felt like discretion of the holy book. (Fox News)