A POLITICIAN brandishing a Bible is usually a sign that the debate is fast moving in the wrong direction. We know that, better than most, in Northern Ireland.
But Donald Trump isn't America's answer to Ian Paisley.
He stood outside a church he's rarely set foot in with a book he's never read. The late DUP leader was far from perfect, but at least he had some standards.
Political skeletons in his closet there may have been, but he spent nearly six decades married to a woman he worshipped, and had there been stories of hush money paid to a porn star even his most loyal acolytes would have chased him.
Trump's biblical beliefs are as false as the 'facts' he presents. However we judge Paisley's relationship with religion, it was real.
When he took up residence in 2007 as first minister in Stormont Castle, two Bibles sat on his desk. He dipped into them more than he did into official papers, much to the irritation of officials.
As a teenager, he had risen at 4am to read the Bible and, until his death, he completed it from cover-to-cover twice a year.
Donald Trump says it's his favourite book but, asked to name his favourite verse on the campaign trail 2015, he couldn't. "I don't want to get into specifics," he said.
A lack of familiarity with the holy book didn't stop him hoisting it in the air last Tuesday as America burned. But no sermon on the sin of racism fell from his lips.
Minutes earlier, the police had used tear gas to violently clear peaceful protesters so Trump could walk from the White House to the church. Sirens were blaring as he posed for photos in what is surely the most grotesque incident in a grotesque presidency. Even some staunch evangelical Christians were appalled at such spiritual pornography.
The shameful spectacle was not the end of it.
On Friday, as Trump announced a marginal drop in unemployment (and not for blacks), he suggested that George Floyd was looking down from heaven and praising the US economy.
"Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing that's happening for our country.' This is a great day for him. It's a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality," he said.
So the spirit of a man killed by the State is approvingly observing the president from paradise.
It is impossible to imagine even the foreign leaders whom we most ridicule coming out with such garbage.
It takes unbridled arrogance and egotism for any privileged rich white man - let alone one who is the most powerful in the world - to appoint himself as spokesperson for a poor black man who has just been killed.
Trump's 'Christianity' is certainly not one that knows humility, empathy or mercy. It is devoid of sincerity. God is just for photo ops, a plaything like the models with whom he once partied.
The president's response to what happened on that Minneapolis Street is without compassion.
The inequality that had an African American begging, 'I can't breathe', before he dies in police custody will never be challenged by Trump.
If there is an afterlife and justice, I hope George Floyd haunts him.