Trump: “America Is a Nation of Believers … Sustained by the Power of Prayer”

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President Donald Trump proclaimed the importance of faith and unity in a speech Friday.

“America is a nation of believers … sustained by the power of prayer,” Trump said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

He said the response of Americans to the recent hurricanes and Las Vegas shooting showed the strength of the United States “is found in the hearts and souls” of the nation’s citizens.

“When America is unified, no force on Earth can break us apart,” he said.

Trump emphasized the importance of family, work, religious liberty, “the rule of law,” and law enforcement.

“We salute every American who wears the uniform,” Trump said to a standing ovation. “We respect our great American flag.”

Trump said he passed an executive order to limit the enforcement of the Johnson Amendment to stop it from interfering with First Amendment rights. He said he won’t let the government censor pastors or churches.

The Johnson Amendment was added to the tax code in 1954, and part of the amendment stops churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates. It was introduced by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954 when he was just a senator of Texas.

Trump also targeted organizations refusing to say “Merry Christmas.”

“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,” he said. “You go to department stores, and they’ll say, ‘Happy New Year.’ Or they’ll say other things …Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

He also mentioned that he wants Congress to pass “massive tax cuts” and eliminate the marriage penalty. He briefly mentioned health care, saying that he will be taking a different route in executive orders to get rid of Obamacare because Congress failed to repeal it.

Trump said the keys to creating great communities are the family and the church.

“In America, we don’t worship government,” he said. “We worship God.”

He also touched on ISIS and said he would deal with the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.” He said the U.S. has made the lives of ISIS terrorists “difficult,” and ISIS is facing defeats.

Trump emphasized that parents do what they can to propel the future of their children and do their best to make sure their children’s futures involve God.

“We see it in the mothers and fathers who get up at the crack of dawn,” he said. “They work two jobs and sometimes three jobs. They sacrifice every day for the future of their children.”

Trump said he made the promise last year that he would protect religious liberty and that he would come back to speak at the Values Voter Summit. He claimed to be the first sitting president to speak at the event.

From - The Daily Signal - by Casey Ryan

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4 years ago

President Trump’s policies and promises have made an enormous difference in the optimism felt by many millions of Americans. The stock market is in record territory, companies are starting to compete for employees, businesses are opening up all over the place. People are proud to show their patriotism. I’ve seen more American flags waving outside front doors than I ever have. There is a lightness of spirit about, a levity not seen for at least a decade, and perhaps since 9/11.
Mr. Trump believes that the family and the church bind our communities together. Whether you dedicate yourself to God, to Country, to Community, to Family, or to any of them in the order of your choice, it’s YOUR CHOICE.
This is the part of the discussion that is difficult to write about, because people believe so fervently one way or the other. And I know that some of you will respond with a “thumbs down” vote; that’s your prerogative. But think before you cast that stone, …er, vote.
Here goes: Recent surveys reveal that religion is not important to close to 40% of the younger generations, with an increasing proportion of non-believers. The First Amendment guarantees every citizen the right to believe in the religion of his or her choice, even if it is no religion at all, and protects each of us from discrimination based on that decision. It doesn’t bother me that most of my family are Catholic or born-again Christian, but it bothers them that some of us are atheists. I have been told that a person can’t be moral and not believe in God at the same time. Nonsense!! Who’s taking care of our elderly mother? I am. Who walked half a mile to return the second copy of a newspaper inadvertently taken when only one was purchased? I did.
As I continued studying the natural sciences, it became clear that the religion I grew up with could not be reconciled with what made more sense to me. One of them had to go, and it was a difficult decision to make. In the end, I knew that I would rather be an atheist than a hypocrite. To sum up the whole of someone’s worth by defining her by a belief is both unfair and short-sighted. It’s a very small and quiet part of who I am, and there are no bumper stickers to that effect.
In the course of conversation, I often hear that “I won’t vote for candidate A because he’s a (fill in the blank)”. Or, ” she doesn’t believe in (blank) or (blank), so she’s out”. We have become so bogged down with minutiae and compartmentalizing that we are ignoring the bigger picture and what the vote really stands for: the continuation of a free society, based on personal responsibility and the principles laid out in the Constitution. If religion helps you, comforts you, or keeps you on “the right path”, then carry on. But don’t reject someone as a candidate or as a friend because he doesn’t attend the same church that you do.
The president said he will be addressing the protection of religious LIBERTY at the Values Voter Summit. The Republican Party has come a long way, and President Trump has brought many liberals, independents, and lifelong non-voters to his side. I hope that he will mention in the discussion those who are non-religious but who nonetheless love this country, our families, and our communities. We can’t afford to lose votes because a candidate is deemed a “religious firebrand”, and I’m not saying Mr. Trump is, but there are those out there who are turned off by anyone merely talking about religion. And we might never again enjoy the easy challenge presented by as weak and flawed a candidate as we saw in Hillary Clinton.

4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

After rereading this post, I might have given the impression that 9/11 was a time for “levity”–not at all. I meant that all other preoccupations were put aside, and we came together as Americans, united as we mourned the loss of thousands of innocent people. It is the solidifying of our resolve that we felt then and that we feel now, as President Trump works to right the wrongs of the last decade.

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