Strange, Trump silent with The Apos­tles’ Creed

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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.”

Keith Boykin: This is your Chris­tian evan­gel­i­cal Prez

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