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
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.
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
Amid the panic and meltdown from the left people on the right quickly and calmly pointed out that this is a move that has been done by many past presidents.
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
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