Trump Inauguration Sparks Religious Promotion, Violent Protests

WASHINGTON — The inauguration of Donald Trump drew a number of demonstrators to the nation’s capital on Friday, with some using the event as an opportunity to spread religious messages and some protesting Trump’s presidency and political positions through vandalism and violence.

Over 200 arrests were made during the day as some protesters clashed with police, throwing rocks and bricks at officers and smashing the windows of businesses with hammers and baseball bats. A few set garbage cans and newspaper boxes on fire, and one group even lit a nearby limousine ablaze.

Protesters set limo on fire a few blocks from the inauguration

A group of black-clad, masked protesters who identified as anarchists is believed to have caused the most harm, as police said there was “significant damage” to at least four businesses, including a Bank of America facility, a Starbucks cafe and a McDonald’s restaurant.

In other chaotic incidents, flash grenades were thrown in the streets, although there are conflicting reports about whether the police threw them to push back protesters or the demonstrators threw them in their angst. Six officers were injured in the violence after being hit by projectiles.

A small number tried to block the checkpoints where those attending the event entered, and one group of people called attendees “Nazi scum.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the violence, Tweeting, “To those of you visiting Washington, D.C., we welcome you, but we cannot allow you to destroy our neighborhoods.”

Police stated that only a small portion of those who descended on the capital were violent, although many forms of expression took place in the streets.

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Some held signs declaring “Not my president,” “No Islamophobia,” “Alt Right? More Like Alt-Reich” and “Black Lives Matter,” and one homosexual advocacy group held a banner that read “Out of the closet, into the streets” as they danced to secular music from Abba and Madonna.

A pro-marijuana group, some of whom smoked during the event, marched through the street with a banner that read, “President Donald Trump, keep marijuana legal. Show Jeff Sessions who’s the boss.”

Religious groups also used the inauguration as an opportunity to spread their message. One group, identified as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, held signs such as “Meet a Muslim” and “I am a Muslim: Ask me anything,” and distributed pamphlets about the Muslim religion. Some passersby stopped to engage them in discussion or to have their photo taken.

Marijuana smoking outside the event

A man who rode a bicycle held two megaphones as he made various rhymes and recitations about Jesus Christ and created strange animated noises with his mouth.

“What are you looking at? You don’t need your eyes to listen, do you?” he proclaimed.

One attendee who approached him suggested to “just read the Bible” to passersby instead.

A family of eight—whose patriarch is Michael Woroniecki—carried extra large banners, declaring that modern churches are a “sham,” at various entrances to the National Mall. One of the members of the group stated that he does not know of any Christians outside of his family, while another stated that she can tell who is a true Christian by looking at them since she has the “Holy Spirit.” She would not say whether or not she has ever encountered another Christian outside of her family.

Jesse Morrell, Ruben Chavez and Jim Gilles, who identify themselves as open-air preachers and appear outside major events across the country using what is known as “shock and awe”—generally a caustic and insulting speech tactic, which is aimed at hearers to generate a reaction—were also at the inauguration. They, and those with them, held large banners reading “BLM are racist thugs,” “Every real Muslim is a jihadist” and “Trump, make America great again: Ban homo marriage.”

As previously reported, Chavez went to court after being ousted from an Arab festival in 2012 when attendees became violent after he brought a literal pig’s head on a pole to the mainly Muslim gathering, and declared to those gathered that “Your prophet is nothing but an unclean swine.” Gilles was also recently in the news for a video circulating online showing him lambasting a police officer, shouting, “You deserve a sniper bullet in your head!”

According to reports, the U.S. Secret Service, local police and other law enforcement agencies dispatched approximately 28,000 officers to provide safety and order at the inauguration and surrounding area.

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  • Amos Moses

    crybullies gonna cry …. and bully ………..

  • Robert

    Odd is it not ? how GODS LEFT hand his earthly government how God rules that understanding

    is so much more easier to put into practice when the fellow you want and voted for becomes president. And not so easy to put into practice when the other guy you did not vote for becomes president.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The West’s greatest threat is its own blasphemous education and nothing else. Civilization does not need foreign elements for a defeat because it is already self-destructive when it has no godly, life-valuing descendants.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Christians have established the best nation on earth, the USA, but the God-forsaken immorality is making the entire empire corrosive. Could the USA be the last empire on earth before Jesus’ Second Coming?
    “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall
    be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel chapter 2)

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Those who hate Trump actually hate anyone who is conservative. Liberals can’t stand the sight of the conservatives. It’s nice that there are race cards in the West. Today’s liberal white people do not respect their own superb Christian forefathers but are just scared to be branded as a racist, while singling out and bashing the white conservative Christian males all the time. Maybe the Muslim population could teach the young white liberals to respect one’s own parents and ancestors, because secular Westerners have kept refusing to listen to gentle Christians. No Sodom’s monopoly-reign in the West and its servant nations for a while.
    May God avenge all His children.

  • Becky

    Out of all those groups protesting…homosexuals needn’t worry when it comes to Trump, he’s their President. The only ones that will truly be impacted are Christians else we’ve forgotten what Christ warned us about the last days…and we’re getting there. Trump is for homosexual rights that trump Christian rights.

    • johndoe

      Curious as how the rights of gays trump your right?

      • Amos Moses

        two diametrically opposed ideas cannot peacefully “coexist” ………

        • johndoe

          Oh well…..

  • Amos Moses

    Survey: 100% Of People Marching On Washington Were Not Aborted
    January 21, 2017

  • Coach

    Were there any Christian street preachers there? Jeremiah Cry? Anyone who believes the gospel? Jesse & company are pelagian teachers of the do better gospel of self improvement, rather than regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Preach Christ, oh that God would send laborers into the chaos and make their ministry fruitful.