Following President Donald Trump’s speech and photo-op standing with a Bible in front of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lobbed criticism at the president, saying that New Yorkers “actually read the Bible.”
“The president held up the Bible the other day in Washington, D.C.,” Cuomo said during a press conference on Wednesday. “Here in New York we actually read the Bible.”
Cuomo began the conference with Bible verses he said “are especially appropriate for today in this time of where we are.”
Beginning with a beatitude from the Gospel of Matthew, which reads, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God,” Cuomo held up a crisp, new-looking Bible and read more verses to reporters.
“If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand,” Cuomo went on, citing Mark 3:23, noting that this verse served as the source for Abraham Lincoln’s similar quote.
Cuomo also pointed to Psalm 34:14, saying, “Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace and work to maintain it,” and James 3:18: “The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
“You can’t use the military as a political weapon,” Cuomo went on, referring to the reported tear-gassing of protesters to clear a route for the president through Lafayette Square and the invocation of the Insurrection Act.
“The president wants to make it a reality TV show of God and country,” Cuomo told CNN following the dispersal of protesters, according to The Hill. “‘Call out the military and then I go to church and hold up a Bible.'”
While Cuomo’s point on the use of the armed forces against American citizens is up for debate, one can’t help but choke on the irony of a man who signed into law the abolition of God’s created order for biological sex, the removal of a family’s right to refuse vaccinations on religious grounds, and the legalization of murder of unborn children knit together in the womb by God himself up until the moment of birth.
I won’t even touch the issue that if Cuomo were a Republican in a red state, the media and the Freedom From Religion (who has not issued a comment on Cuomo’s conference) would be crying that his cherry-picking from the Bible was a blatant violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Let their silence speak for itself.
Maybe Cuomo is reading the Bible, and we pray that the hearts of our leaders would be changed by the Word of God, but his actions as governor seem to indicate otherwise.
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