Trump kicks church/state separation into the long grass
To the delight of the evangelical clowns who adore him, President Trump said this week that wants more Christian voices in politics and on TV and radio, and that all schools ‘should welcome faith and religion with wide open, beautiful arms’.
Addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference on Thursday, Trump told attendees that government bureaucrats think they can overrule people’s values and tell them how to live, but families and churches know best how to create a strong community.
Bureaucrats think they can run over your lives, overrule your values and tell you how to live, but we know that families and churches – not government officials know best how to create a strong and loving community. We know that parents, not bureaucrats know best how to raise children and create a thriving society, and above all else, we know this: in America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.
Trump talked about how he repealed the Johnson Amendment, which made prohibited non-profits – including churches – from endorsing political candidates and participating in political campaigns or risk losing their non-profit status.
He said as long as he’s President:
No one is going to stop you from practicing your faith and from preaching what is in your heart. No federal worker should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors. These are the people we want to hear from. How about the people we do hear from every night on television. You want to hear from them? I don’t think so.
School should not be a place that drives out faith and religion. They should welcome faith and religion with wide open, beautiful arms. Faith inspires us to be better, to be stronger, to be more caring and giving and more determined to act in selfless and courageous defense of what is good and what is right.
It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion. We will end the discrimination against people of faith. Our government will once again celebrate and protect religious freedom. Family is the foundation of American life, and we are proud to stand together with all of you to promote and protect family values.
Our rights are given to us by a divine authority, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is taking power out of Washington and giving it back to the people where it belongs.
Trump detailed the ways that religious liberty was enshrined by the Founding Fathers:
Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Don’t worry. We’re not going to let them change it. You see what goes on nowadays, right? Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer.
Inscribed on currency are the words: in God we trust. And we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we proclaim that we say the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to this report, Reverend Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said the President’s speech inspired him to redouble his efforts to energise pro-life voters in the 2018 elections.
I could not help but think that there are so many in the church who do not yet realize what a blessing this president is for the church.
Gay rights leaders, however, said that Trump had let them down.
Trump’s appearance at the conference – packed with anti-gay crusaders – coincided with criticism that he has yet to recognise June 2017 as Pride Month despite celebrations this month in cities and states across the country to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York that are considered the birth of the modern LGBT movement.
Trump has already proclaimed June as National Homeownership Month, National Ocean Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
The White House did not respond to questions about not officially recognising Pride Month.
Said David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network:
It’s shameful that the President of the United States has failed to recognize such a historically significant time for the LGBT community. Millions of people across the country recognize and celebrate June as LGBT Pride Month, which is important not only to LGBT Americans, but to any American who believes in civil and human rights for all.
However, Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson did released a statement recognising Pride Month. The statement affirmed the State Department’s:
Solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom.
The Human Rights Campaign said the statement:
Stands in stark contrast to the silence from the White House.