The photos allegedly show a woman in a metal tank being baptized with Trump’s name. Here are the facts
In early February 2024, Users on X subscriber three the pictures Which appears to show a man baptizing a woman Metal tank – It looks like a livestock trough for horses or an enclosure for plants – Under the banner of a large flag decorated with the name “Trump card“.
One post read: “I was baptized…in the name of Trump.”
The same pictures were for baptism previously subscriber On other social media sites, including Reddit. For example, the popular site Reddit string He claimed in 2022 that the woman pictured was “baptized in Trump’s name.”
These baptisms did not take place without any mention of the name of former US President Donald Trump, as John Linehan, the man who concluded the lease for the space shown in the photos, told Snopes by phone. He said that the presence of the Trump flag had nothing to do with the baptism, and that it was only present in the background of the photos.
However, it is unclear if there is a Trump flag, or the man standing in the background wearing the phrase “Make America Holy Again.” shirt Or other political items had any influence on the inspiration for the offering that appeared in the images.
Snopes investigated and found details regarding exactly what was happening on the day the baptism occurred. In our research, we encountered quite a few additional claims related to the people mentioned below. For the purposes of this article, we will focus only on baptism photos that have been posted online.
Constitution Hall in Ellsworth, Maine
The photos were taken during a “Rescue/Revival Service” event led by Pastor Greg Locke on September 12, 2022. The setting was Linnehan’s rental space called Constitution Hallthen located at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth, Maine.
When you open the space in January 2022Linehan announced on Facebook video: “Constitution Hall is a place for like-minded patriots, Maine First, America First, to freely assemble, hold rallies, host conferences, live stream events, feature special speakers and hold any other pro-Constitution events you can dream up for.”
Pictures of the space were also posted on Facebook. One photo showed the same brick floor and wall seen in the baptistery photos.
When it opened, Constitution Hall featured a large banner bearing images of the American flag, Jesus Christ, a bald eagle, a dove, the Bible, the Liberty Bell, and the United States Constitution.
A Facebook user asks about the Constitution Hall sign in early 2022.
After Linehan’s lease expired at the end of 2023, he moved Constitution Hall from the mall to another location, according to the British Daily Mail. Bangor Daily News. The patriotic and religious imagery on the mall’s large sign has since been removed.
Pastor Greg Locke
Pastor Greg Locke is the founder and lead pastor of World Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
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In 2022, The Tennessean Glance Locke — an outspoken Trump supporter — in a story titled “The Greg Locke Evolution: How a Controversial Tennessee Pastor Wants to Save America from Its Demons.”
The report noted, “His clearly defined and consistent religious beliefs led the pastor to break with Independent Fundamental Baptists, attack local schools and retailers on social media to defend right-wing political positions, and stand outside the U.S. Capitol in January. 6 when a mob stormed the “From the mob. Twitter banned him for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.”
Phone call between Snopes and Lenihan
However, despite Locke’s political beliefs and the patriotic and political nature of the Constitution Hall institution, Linehan told Snopes by phone that the words spoken during the christening had nothing to do with Trump.
“There was a lady who called me and wanted to know if she could have Pastor Luke come to Maine and preach a salvation ministry, to tell people how they could be saved and then how they could be saved from some sin that was bothering them in their lives,” Lenihan said. “.
“I called a local church here in town. They had a portable baptism device, like an aluminum tank that they used at their church to do baptisms. So I went and got it at her request so that Pastor Luke would have a place to baptize people.”
“The Trump flag in the background, that was my own flag that happened to be in the hallway that night. It was not put up specifically for this activity with Pastor Luke,” Linehan continued.
Snopes then asked Linehan if Trump’s name was mentioned during the christening. Linehan said no.
“When Pastor Luke performed the baptism, he was saying, ‘We baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit or the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore, no connection to Trump was mentioned at all.”
Before our call ended, Linehan added, “I was at the baptismal. There was a big crowd there that night. There were a lot of people being baptized. I felt it was a very effective spiritual meeting that was held there.”
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