Take Me To Church

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At least five US police were shot during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, hours after President Donald Trump vowed to use the military to halt the unrest.

Trump deepened outrage on Monday by posing at a church clutching a bible after law enforcement officers used teargas and rubber bullets to clear the way for him to walk there after he made his remarks in the White House Rose Garden

It comes after an official post-mortem has found that George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police triggered protests across the US, was killed by “homicide”.

George Floyd protests: At least five US police officers shot (Telegraph)

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36 thoughts on “Take Me To Church

  1. Clampers Outside

    George Floyd’s brother said yesterday at a rally that their family is a “God fearing and church going family” and called for an end to the violent protests.

    1. millie von strumpet

      It’s a lot bigger than George Floyd’s death now, I’m afraid. This was simply the spark that fueled a fire long in the making.

      1. Clampers Outside

        He was speaking to and of violent protesters Nigel, and addressed the issue of the problem with bad policing in the same speech.

        But hey, you do you, you brush him off flippantly as you like. I’ll listen to the guy as he pleads with people to stop committing violent crime in his brothers’ name.

  2. newsjustin

    It would be deeply unchristian of me to write what I think of him for that stunt (amongst hundreds of others). So I’ll just say tinky too.

    1. SOQ

      The church was burned by protesters- in what way was that going to advance their cause?

      1. Nigel

        The church was not burned by protesters. The windows were boarded up. The crowd dispersed by tear gas included clergy belonging to the church.

          1. Nigel

            Yes, there was a fire. There’s no indication it was set by protestors, and certainly not the protestors cleared out by the tear gas.

          2. Clampers Outside

            LOL! Two fires burn on the premises of a church, one in its basement and one on the front of the building amid the worst rioting the US has seen in years and you come out with that….

            Going by your past commentary, I guess you assume it was the police then…

          3. Formerly known as @ireland.com

            Clampers…….I think we all agree that peaceful protests would be better. Unfortunately, lots of groups have an interest in seeing that change to riots and looting. The right whingers can blame the victims and have an excuse not to listen to the reasonalbe demands of the oppressed. One of the root causes, aprat form racism, is the lack of gun control. If cops weren’t scared of getting shot, if the olice forces hadn’t become militarised, things would be a lot better.

          4. Nigel

            Whoever it was I’m sure they were right to tear-gas the clergy away for Trump’s creepy photo-op.

          5. Nigel

            I’m sorry, you’re right. Tear gassing a crowd to make space for a photo-op is awesome because a fire.

    2. newsjustin

      Church vandalism and persecution is something that I’ve raised on here, I think. It’s a real issue. But, in this instance, it’s clear that this was a publicity stunt….Trumps visit that is. When politicians visit churches (or mosques, temples) that have been damaged or had some other tragedy befall them, they ring ahead and arrange to meet the clergy and worshippers. They don’t just turn up, stand outside waving a Bible (turning its spin to camera so the photographers can read the title), get a photo, and leave.

        1. Johnny

          ..in fairness bisted,this was a propaganda stunt which was immediately condemned by many faith leaders in US including very eloquently and spiritually by the head this church.

  3. Johnny

    “I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John’s, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now,”

    “And in particular, that of the people of color in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever — anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred words. And who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, that we in the diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love … we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President. We follow someone who lived a life of nonviolence and sacrificial love.”

    “We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others,” she continued. “And I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/politics/cnntv-bishop-trump-photo-op/index.html

  4. Shane Duffy

    D Cummings; “Social Distancing rules don’t apply to me.

    Irish Social Justice Warriors; “Hold our beers.”

  5. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    This lawyer has catalogued over 130 videos showing police/national guard/sheriffs/Trumps goons abusing the citizens they are meant to be protecting:
    https://twitter.com/greg_doucette

    We have seen this show before. It usually ends with the hard man being brought to justice. Usually, the hard man is not a coward who avoided serving his country due to bone spurs.

  6. class wario

    Imagine being from Ireland, a country with oppression and resistance intertwined deeply into its very make-up, and handwringing about long downtrodden people daring to make their voices heard and standing up against systemic mistreatment.

    The worst thing is that the US police forces have continued to act deplorably as this has gone on, so it’s not as if they maintain some moral high ground on it all either

  7. Ringsend Incinerator

    G’wan brothers and sisters. Heroes don’t have to wear capes or scrubs. Black Lives Matter.

  8. V'ness

    That march over to the church from the White House
    with his detail

    Press play on it again
    Only now picture Trump with jet black jellied hair

    He’s learned from the best (⌐■-■)

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