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Trump Tackles a New Topic on Twitter - Page 2

He backs Bible literacy classes, something he hasn't discussed before
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2019 1:07 PM CST

  • While many argue the bills infringe on the separation of church and state (the Daily Caller notes opposition from groups like the ACLU make the road to passage a bumpy one), the Week reports the classes wouldn't run into legal trouble as long as they "focus on the Bible's historical and literary import and eschew proselytization, remaining agnostic toward the book's religious claims just as a course teaching Homer's Odyssey could not push students toward belief in Zeus."
  • An effort called "Project Blitz" is trying to smooth out that bumpy road, reports USA Today. It says the proposals currently in play are linked to the initiative, which is backed by conservative Christian political groups.
  • Vox notes that it's not an issue Trump has spoken about before, and suggests he's perhaps trying to shore up his "slipping" support among Evangelicals. "Backing a cause supported by many Christians and reminding Fox he’s still a loyal viewer made for a potentially politically useful tweet."
  • The Washington Post reports some critics on Twitter were quick to pounce on the topic of Trump's own Bible literacy, flagging a speech in January 2016 when then-candidate Trump spoke of "two Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians."
  • Count Tony Schwartz, Trump's Art of the Deal co-author, among those critics. He tweeted, "Trump is touting 'bible literacy' classes this morning. This raises disingenuousness to a whole new level. Trump never reads any books. He is the least religious man alive, and he has certainly never read the Bible voluntarily."
  • But the Daily Caller notes the Bible isn't absent in the White House: As of 2018, department heads including Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, and Rick Perry participated in a Bible study together.
(A GOP elector quit over what he said was Trump's lack of bibilical qualifications to be president.)

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