Nancy Pelosi did not rip the Bible into two

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Claim

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a bible in a bold statement against President Donald Trump.

Rating

Labeled Satire About this rating

Origin

On June 3, 2020, the Babylon Bee published an article positing that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ripped up the bible in a bold statement against President Donald Trump:

In Bold Anti-Trump Statement, Pelosi Rips Up Bible

In a bold, powerful statement to oppose Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi solemnly tore up the Bible after Trump was seen holding one up in front of a church.

At a press conference, the Speaker of the House held up a Bible and then ripped it in two, declaring that she was against anything Trump was associated with.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

The Babylon Bee is the world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims. We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.

The Babylon Bee illustrated this article with a doctored picture of Pelosi ripping up a bible. This photograph was created by manipulating a picture of Pelosi from February 2020 when the House Speaker ripped up her copy of Trump’s State of the Union address. Here’s a comparison of the original photograph (left) and the doctored image (right):

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Sources

Byrd, Haley.   “Nancy Pelosi Defends Tearing Up the State of the Union Address: ‘I Don’t Need Any Lessons’ On Dignity.”
    CNN.   6 February 2020.

Babylon Bee.   “In Bold Anti-Trump Statement, Pelosi Rips Up Bible.”     3 June 2020.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pelosi-rips-up-bible-anti-trump/

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Denison Forum

POSTED FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Speaker Pelosi tears up the president’s speech: Three biblical responses to the divisions in our nation

By Dr. Jim Denison

Speaker Pelosi tears up the president's speech
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears up a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Yesterday was unusually chaotic even for American politics.

Democratic Party officials announced partial results from the Iowa caucuses at 5 p.m. EST showing Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders in the lead. Their statement came nearly a full day after the results were delayed due to reporting issues. Four hours later, President Trump began his State of the Union address. 

He became only the second president to do so while under impeachment. The atmosphere in the room was unusually tense and partisan. 

The president handed copies of his speech to Vice President Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She extended her hand, but he turned away without shaking it. She then introduced him, but not with the customary, “Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States.” Instead, she said simply, “Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States.” 

During the speech, the president honored a Tuskegee Airman and his grandson who intends to become an astronaut. He welcomed home a soldier who reunited with his family for the first time in months. The speech recounted remarkable economic good news and called on Congress to make progress on a variety of fronts. 

Then, at the conclusion of the speech, the Speaker of the House stood, took her copy of the address, and tore it in two. She said later that she destroyed the speech “because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” She added that she was “trying to find one page with truth on it” but “couldn’t.” 

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