Trump Blesses Teaching Bible Literacy Classes in Public Schools as ‘Great!’

January 28, 2019, 9:49 PM UTC
President Donald Trump is now tweeting about Bible literacy. ALEX EDELMAN AFP/Getty Images
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With the government shutdown on the back burner, President Donald Trump has taken up another interest: Bible study.

“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible,” Trump said in a Monday morning tweet, asserting, “Starting to make a turn back? Great!”

The social media assertion was made 30 minutes after Fox & Friends played a related segment, Politico reported, then noting that Trump’s tweet was “not quite accurate.”

Although lawmakers have begun introducing various “Bible literacy” bills across the country, which would encourage or require public school students study the Old and New Testament, as has been documented in a USA Today report published last week, none of the bills have actually passed.

While the bills have been supported by some Christian groups, USA Today reports that other civil rights organizations argue that such a mandate would violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

But others have tweeted their concern of Trump trumpeting the Bible for other reasons, including infidelity and Trump’s declaration to never read:

Perhaps Trump is trying to ride the viral wave of the pope’s weekend tweet dubbing Mary was world’s “first influencer.”