Trump and Religious Liberty

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As faithful readers of this blog know, I long refused to support Donald Trump for fear he was at heart a liberal Democrat.  How wrong I was:


The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it will form a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within its Office for Civil Rights. The OCR is the law enforcement agency within the department that enforces federal civil rights laws.

HHS said in a statement the new office will focus on enforcing existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom. Existing law already prevents the federal government from discriminating against medical providers for refusing to participate in abortion procedures as a matter of conscience, but some health care professionals recently alleged they have been coerced by their employers to participate in such procedures.

Roger Severino, director of HHS’ Office of Civil Rights, said in a statement that “Laws protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced.”

“No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice,” Severino said. “For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now.”

Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan said in a statement that Trump “promised the American people that his administration would vigorously uphold the rights of conscience and religious freedom.”

“That promise is being kept today,” Hargan said. “The Founding Fathers knew that a nation that respects conscience rights is more diverse and more free, and OCR’s new division will help make that vision a reality.”


Go here to read the rest.  The Obama administration persecuted Christians and the Trump administration protects them.  Elections have consequences.

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  1. Yeah but Popey McPopemeister says Trump is causing problems by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Aaaand Trump puts ketchup on steak. So – no dice.

  2. We are going to miss The Donald when he’s gone. We should ask God every day to help him in his job. And I am sticking to my prediction that he will become a Catholic by the end of 2019.

  3. The O’bummer administration failed horribly in redefining religion in it’s HHS mandate. To force business owners to provide abortifacients within their insurance offerings for their employees was downright evil. Coercion, plain and simple with it’s “taxes” for those who do not comply.

    Trump becoming POTUS is the blowback from a true dictator, Obomber.
    No government will redefine what it means to be a God fearing Christian.
    That definition is within our hearts, an indelible mark, never to be blotted out or removed since Our Creator placed it there from the very beginning.
    We will never be compliant to mandates that infringe upon our duty to serve God by living his commandments. Loving God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul…and loving neighbor as yourself. Providing life ending measures, RU486, Plan B, morning after pill, is NOT our commandments. Let the Cesar from the past presidency choke on his own spit!

    God bless President Trump.

  4. Well said, God bless President Trump. He may easily go down as the most pro-life president of all time. Add in what he is managing to achieve with the economy, along with reversing much of the disastrous foreign policy of the previous eight years, and he might turn out to be as good, or better, than Reagan. I know he lacks in the civility department, but someone has to destroy political correctness and no one else wants the job. God really does write straight with crooked lines.

  5. Some religions are more equal than others. Halal/Muslim butchers are not required to sell bacon. It’s not only ACA. An activist, liberal (the Constitution says whatever I want it to say) Federal judge ruled against ($135,000 in damages) a Christian baker that refused to bake/decorate a wedding cake for a pair of gays. One more reason to thank God that Trump is our president.

    After President Reagan, the White House was occupied by shiftless knaves/thieves (Clinton and Obama) or cowards and traitors (the Bushes).

    Rules to live by: I will not eat anything that I can’t put ketchup on. Broccoli, I’m talking about you.

  6. If the Dems defeat Trump in 2020, then there will be a backlash of unanticipated proportions. Even at places of work, people will get training exams on diversity and inclusivity designed to normalize sodomy and lesbianism, and unless these exams (whose designated correct answers will be skewed progressively) are passed satisfactorily, the exam taker will lose his job. And that will be only the beginning.

    I am thankful that Donald Trump is forming a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Office for Civil Rights. But this is only a temporary respite. The infection and infestation of millennial airhead snowflake liberal progressivism is too far gone for measures like these to eradicate it. Even in my own nuclear energy company, many highly placed people, having jumped on the bandwagon of godless anthropogenic global warming, hate Trump and love Hillary and Obama even though the Dems are anti-nuclear power. Measures are already in place to equivocate the most disgusting of sexual perversions as normal marriages, and even the Catholics employed there (Katholycks more like it) support such measures.

    Indeed, I remember one time when a speech was given about how nuclear power can avert global warming, my boss (a devout Southern Baptist and a conservative Republican) dared to speak out against the fiction of man-made climate change, and he received a condescending smirk and a snide remark.

    The rot is too far gone. Liberal progressives are in too many key positions of power. I fear the worst because they will not stop. They will not respect legitimate law and authority. They will not respect Judeo-Christian moral tradition.

  7. LQC,
    The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is a BIG start. Faith and hope and prayer needed to keep the momentum rolling. I truly believe it was Divine Providence that Trump/Pence were elected.
    God bless our president and vice- president and their families, the pro-life members of the courts and congress, and .pro-life nuns, brothers, priests, especially the hierarchy.

  8. or cowards and traitors (the Bushes).

    I don’t think either Bush could be so described. The problem with Republican presidents post-Eisenhower (bar Reagan) is that every one was somewhere on the careerist-opportunist spectrum. That doesn’t mean they’d do or say anything. They had particular social origins all of them and attitudes and sentiments to go with that. The trouble is that attitudes and sentiments are not principles and programs. Ford and Bush Sr. I suspect were fundamentally conventional men and their thoughts on any subject tended to be whatever was prevalent among their circle of friends and business associates (or whatever their subordinates told them if their friends and associates had no opinion). Nixon was (in the words of one of his subordinates) about five different people who never formed an integral whole; one of those people was a pointlessly ambitious man (as his wife put it “I could see he was going places”), and that’s what got him out of bed in the morning and drove his career. Ford was in politics because it was for him an agreeable way of earning a living; Ron Nessen observing Ford said the day-to-day business of shuffling through memoranda and making decisions suited Ford and that’s why he stood for re-election. Ford’s frame of reference was, without a doubt, like Robert Dole’s: whatever congressional committees were up to now. Dole, btw, was an explicit careerist; he had no ideology; he had his ‘record’, about which he was quite touchous (“Stop Lying About My Record!”). Students of the Bush clan maintain they’re a highly competitive crew. (“If his father owned the biggest junkyard in town, he’d want to own the biggest junkyard in two towns.”). Karl Rove has said that Bush-fils is, in fact, the most competitive man he’s ever known. It’s a reasonable guess that we’ve been the witness to nearly 32 man-years of state and federal office-holding and umpteen campaigns all attributable to a son and a grandson’s reaction to Prescott Bush taking up a new hobby in 1952. Bush-fils wasn’t the businessman his father was, but he does keep commitments once he makes them (more or less).

  9. If the Bushes wish to adopt a policy of silence, that’s fine. That means silence. It not only means no statements for attribution. It means no appearances at confidential fora where you’re given a six-figure sum for some after-dinner remarks. If you wish to speak, chose carefully. (Lois Lerner and the depredations of the Holder-Lynch lawfare racket would have been the proper occasions; Obergefell would have been another). Instead, they elected to throw darts at Trump in conjunction with Mitt Romney and (depending on the phases of the moon) dithering nincompoop Paul Ryan. Some Republican politicians have a charming habit of reminding you that they actually despise Republican voters.

  10. Thanks, Art.

    It’s just with Republicans like the McCain, the Bushes, Dole, Romney, et al President Trump does not need enemies, which he has in hordes.

    And, for me it’s far beyond pacific debate. I’d be highly outraged if things go the wrong way.

  11. Trump has put the GOPe in an interesting position – as much as they hate him, they stand no chance of winning dog-catcher without him.

  12. Melania Trump must have some effect on her husband’s social views. Despite marrying a twice divorced man in an Episcopal Church, her Catholicism has a gravitational effect.

  13. The cause of religious liberty has never really been a shinning success when mixed with the ambitions of politicians. Fortunately for that cause, President Trump freely admits he is not a politician.

  14. Religion is man’s response to the gift of Faith from God. The atheist refuses to petition for the gift of Faith from God. The atheist chooses to deny the existence of God…and our God-given unalienable human rights and our free will. Liberty can only ensue with religion

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