In the March 13 Alexander City Outlook there is a political cartoon depicting an upside-down copy of the Bible autographed by President Donald Trump.
I am not a fan of Bibles being autographed by celebrities and although I am a passionate social/economic conservative who identifies strongly with the Republican Party, I am not in the “super fan” camp of our president. I am a fan, though, of any president who takes time to console and be present for grieving victims and who complies with these victims’ simple request he sign their Bible.
What it was, simply, was a meaningful gesture to those who had lost homes, possessions and, worse, family members to the storms. What it was not was a theological, ideological or political issue. So I am extremely bothered by the not-so-subtle cheap shot taken by the cartoon artist and The Outlook in publishing such a slam at what happened when Trump rightly and compassionately visited the survivors of the Beauregard tornado. This cartoon image callously used a horrific event and its victims to take a pointless swipe at the president. Whether you agree with the idea of autographs in your Bible or not and whether you are firmly in the anti-Trump camp or not, cut these folks and our president some slack as it was a simple request by victims in the middle of their own personal crisis.
I’m disappointed The Outlook would so thoughtlessly publish this self-righteous image appearing to indicate the cartoon artist and The Outlook are the judge of all that is appropriately holy. I’m sure you, like I, would rather leave that in the hands of the one who is.