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White House Security Blocks Washington’s Episcopalian Bishop from Holding a Vigil at Her Church (Mother Jones)

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The Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, down the block from St. John's Church, that is across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

White House Security Blocks Washington’s Episcopalian Bishop from Holding a Vigil at Her Church – By Ali Breland (Mother Jones) / June 4 2020

“We as people of faith are here to stand with you and for you.”

On Monday, President Donald Trump tear-gassed an assembly of peaceful demonstrators just outside the White House so he could awkwardly struggle to hold a bible during a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

On Wednesday, Trump-authorized federal police closed off a portion of 16th Street just north of the church, about a block from the White House, which kept clergy from being able to use their house of worship.

Bishop Mariann Budde, who had assailed Trump’s Monday visit as a “symbolic misuse of the most sacred texts of our tradition,” planned to hold a vigil in front of the church to show solidarity with protesters. But a new security perimeter, extending almost a quarter of a mile out from the front of the White House, blocked her access and forced her into the street. A crowd still gathered, but away from its envisioned location and with it being difficult for most of the crowd to see or hear, the event lost momentum.

Protesters on the scene voiced frustrations with how they believed Budde and her church have overshadowed their demonstration, saying she and the Episcopalians did not speak for them. Budde rejected this, to which they responded by asking “Then why are the cameras focused on you?”

Continue to article: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/06/mariann-budde-saint-johns-blocked/

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