Strange, Trump silent with The Apostles’ Creed
Twitter goes after Donald Trump for not reciting Apostles’ Creed at Bush funeral. AS PRESIDENT Trump stood beside former presidents Obama, Clinton, Carter and their wives on Wednesday during George H.W. Bush’s funeral, all but he and first lady Melania were seen reciting The Apostles’ Creed.
Trump is now receiving criticism for failing to recite one of Christianity’s most core statements, as video shows the front row of presidents and first ladies saying the creed in unison while glancing at their programs where the prayer was printed. Trump, however, remained stoned-face with his program in hand and arms crossed, refusing to look down once for assistance as Melania stood at his side - both silent.
Social media users were quick to point out the scene at the Washington National Cathedral, critical of Trump as he ran on the base of being devout evangelical Christian, appealing to many conservatives. The Apostles’ Creed contains a brief summary of Christian teachings and the life of Jesus, with a note of hope for “forgiveness of sins, the resurrections of the body, and the life everlasting”.
It outlines the core Christian beliefs with worshipers repeating “I believe” in God, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The funeral program had the creed printed in full, with a note: “Said by all in unison”. The Trumps’ decision to opt out of the reciting the creed and singing religious hymns has left many questioning the president’s beliefs, or if he knows the creed at all.
Trump has identified as Presbyterian in recent years and claims to have attended a church of the same denomination growing up. The Apostles’ Creed is said by Presbyterians, shutting down some claims that it is outside of his beliefs. “This is your ‘Christian’ evangelical president,” author and political contributor Keith Boykin wrote.
The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump even recited the creed, despite having converted to Judaism. “Striking that all the former Presidents and First Ladies recited the Apostles Creed, but Trump and Melania stood silently and did not,” another Twitter user wrote. “The creeds are at the heart of historic orthodox Christianity.”
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