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Bishop Mariann E. Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, of which St. John’s is a part, said she was “outraged” that President Trump went to the church “after he threatened to basically rain down military force.”

“The president used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without even asking us, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for,” she said.

“It is appalling,” she said. “The Bible is not an instrument of white supremacy or American nationalism. It is a universal text for all human beings.”

“The president did not come to pray at St. Johns. He did not come to acknowledge the agony that our country is experiencing right now. He never mentioned the sacred worth of people of color in our nation who rightfully demand an end to hundreds of years of systemic racism and white supremacy.”

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