Members of the mainstream media reacted with confusion and skepticism when a visitor to the White House posted a photograph of President Trump as faith leaders prayed over him, with a laying on of hands.
“Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for [the president] & [the vice president],” the tweet read.
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017
The post was composed by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University.
Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the history and traditions of Christianity recognizes the ritual of “laying on of hands” that is even recorded in the Bible.
Harris Faulkner discussed the reaction from the mainstream media on Fox News’ Outnumbered.
“Well there are actually some new questions on whether the mainstream media are out of touch with much of America, after this reaction to a photograph,” she explained. “Evangelical leaders lay their hands on President Trump as they prayed over him at the White House earlier this week.”
Erin Burnett of CNN was quoted in her reaction, which seemed to be out of ignorance of the existence of the ritual.
“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”
Faulkner also cited the reporting from the progressive news site Huffington Post, where they question Trump’s faith while covering the story.
“Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, has demonstrated a basic lack of understanding about the Christian faith,” the Huffpo writer said, “including what constitutes an evangelical. But his Christian supporters aren’t fazed.”
The author cited a report attributing confusion on the part of Trump about the distinction between Presbyterians and evangelicals. Another link went to a Huffpo article citing Biblical verses that were taken to be contradictory to policy items on Trump’s political agenda.
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn described the resistance of the left to “ostentatious” acts of faith on Outnumbered.
“There’s a secular elite that doesn’t like, it’s actually creeped out by ostentatious displays of faith. So a little kind of rump, residual, episcopalianism is like OK, but when you actually got laying on of hands, that’s, ‘Woah! That’s way too much, man!'” he exclaimed, throwing his hands up in mock pantomime.