Massive outrage as Trump autographs copies of the Bible for Alabama tornado victims

President Donald Trump once again sparked outrage after he signed copies of the Bible at a Southern Baptist church in Opelika, Alabama.


                            Massive outrage as Trump autographs copies of the Bible for Alabama tornado victims

President Donald Trump on Friday held a meeting with those who had been affected by the tornado in Alabama after it claimed 23 lives in the region. However, the commander-in-chief caused an uproar on social media after he appeared to sign some copies of the Bible. While Trump was blasted online for his unusual gesture, it wasn't out of the blue.

According to Slate, it was a 12-year-old boy was first approached Trump and asked him to sign his Bible at a Southern Baptist church in Opelika. Following suit, a 10-year-old girl also asked him to sign her copy, thereby getting the ball rolling. What's more? Footage from the gathering posted online shows First Lady Melania Trump also being asked to sign Bibles.



 

Nonetheless, it was perfect fodder for anti-Trump critics to pounce on, with some arguing that the person who usually signs a book is the author, and others deeming the move offensive. Speaking to the Washington Post, Jamie Aten, an evangelical and psychologist at Wheaton College, said, “Growing up in a religious home, it would’ve been seen as blasphemous as having someone signing your own name. Maybe you penned your own name so people knew it was yours." He added, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”



 

On the other hand, Peter Manseau, the Smithsonian’s curator of religion, told The Post that the move isn't as shocking as one might think, considering many past presidents have signed copies of the Bible, including former President Barack Obama. In fact, he was doing what people asked of him. “Presidents seem to sign a lot of random things put in front of them,” Manseau added, defending Trump.



 

The New York Times described the move as "very on-brand", considering the US leader's long-standing appeal with evangelical Christians. According to a pastor who supports Trump, people asked him to sign their Bibles "all the time" and said that it was "very appropriate." However, many critics said that beyond the act itself, what they found problematic was that he chose to add his enormous signature to the book covers.

That said, Twitter users naturally had a lot to comment about the president scribbling his name on the holy book. You can check out some of the hilarious reactions below.