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the pri­vacy of all who at­tend our Bi­ble stud­ies.”

Drollinger was quoted as say­ing this about Ses­sions: “He’ll go out the same day I teach him some­thing and I’ll see him do it on cam­era and I just think, ‘Wow, th­ese guys are faith­ful, avail­able and teach­able,’ and they’re at Bi­ble study ev­ery week they’re in town.”

This is not the first time Bi­ble study classes have been held in the White House. In the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, some White House staff mem­bers held weekly prayer and Bi­ble study ses­sions, and dur­ing that ad­min­is­tra­tion, John Ashcroft held daily Bi­ble stud­ies at the Jus­tice Depart­ment when he was at­tor­ney gen­eral.

There are no rules against study­ing the Bi­ble in a fed­eral build­ing, though

the U.S. gov­ern­ment is­sued rules in 1997, ti­tled “Guide­lines on Re­li­gious Ex­er­cise and Re­li­gious Ex­pres­sion in the Fed­eral Work­place,” that stress the im­por­tance of su­per­vi­sors be­ing care­ful not to press em­ploy­ees into par­tic­i­pat­ing in any way.

“Be­cause su­per­vi­sors have the power to hire, fire or pro­mote, em­ploy­ees may rea­son­ably per­ceive their su­per­vi­sors’ re­li­gious ex­pres­sion as co­er­cive, even if it was not in­tended as such,” the guide­lines say. “There­fore,

su­per­vi­sors should be care­ful to en­sure that their state­ments and ac­tions are such that em­ploy­ees do not per­ceive any co­er­cion … and should, where nec­es­sary, take ap­pro­pri­ate steps to dis­pel such mis­per­cep­tions.”

Trump has had strong sup­port from the coun­try’s evan­gel­i­cal com­mu­nity. A few weeks ago, a photo was made pub­lic show­ing some evan­gel­i­cal lead­ers lay­ing hands on Trump in the Oval Of­fice as he bowed in prayer.

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