All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California refuses to mention President-elect Donald Trump’s name because they claim it is “literally a trauma trigger to people.”
The church notoriously prays for authoritative figures, including President Obama. The church claims to continue this tradition with one exception- to no longer utilize proper names.
The rector Mike Kinman explained in a blog post that the use of Trump’s name would be counterintuitive because “prayer should never be a trauma-causing act.” Kinman elaborated in a blog post which illuminated the validity of this process not because of his opinion or personal beliefs, but instead because it is a “level of compromising the safety of the worshipping community.”
Kingman said there might be cause for reconsideration in the future, once he meets with the congregants. Until then, the All Saints Episcopal Church will be praying not only for political leaders, but also for “those most fearful and vulnerable among us in this hour.”
“We are in a unique situation in my lifetime where we have a president elect whose name is literally a trauma trigger to some people – particularly women and people who, because of his words and actions, he represents an active danger to health and safety.”
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