FEB 16TH 2017 BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY
Only twenty-four days since the inauguration of the new president and Christians have plenty of reasons for thankful to Donald Trump. The President and the Republican party are keeping their campaign promises to Catholics and evangelical Christians about pro-life issues, gender ideology, and Obamacare.
Here are just some of the reasons why Christians can be thankful to President Trump:
U.S. House of Representatives votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood
Faced with an increasing number of states passing laws to defund the industrial-scale abortion providers Planned Parenthood, ex-President Obama enforced a rule forcing states to give federal funds earmarked for non-abortion family planning services to Planned Parenthood. U.S. House of Representatives by a large majority, 230 to 188 to Obama’s coercive ruling.
The Trump administration announces it will not uphold Obama’s transgender school bathrooms mandate
Ex-President Obama issued an edict threatening schools nationwide with the loss of federal funding if they didn’t allow pupils “claiming” to be a sex other than their birth sex to use bathrooms, showers, locker rooms and hotel rooms on overnight school trips of their choice. Parents were concerned that the privacy and safety of their children were under threat in US schools. The Trump administration announced it would not challenge the injunction temporarily blocking the Obama mandate.
President Trump nominates pro-life Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
President Trump personally nominated pro-life Neil Gorsuch to assume pro-life Catholic Justice Scalia’s place on the Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch is renowned for his pro-life views and his record of defending religious liberty. A judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Gorsuch ruled in favour of Christians objecting to Obamacare forcing them to provide contraceptives and sterilisation in employee health insurance cover. He sided with Hobby Lobby Stores and with the Little Sisters of the Poor in their legal fight against Obamacare.
President Trump announces he will “get rid of and totally destroy” restrictions on religious free speech
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC President Trump affirmed his campaign promise to remove the Johnson amendment that restricts the free-speech of tax-exempt church and religious groups. The Johnson amendment threatened the removal of churches’ tax-exempt status if they expressed themselves in politics. Presiden Trump said:
“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’ Among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs. That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution—I will do that.”
President Trump promises to help Christian refugees excluded by the Obama administration
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network President Trump promised to help Christian refugees excluded by the Obama administration. CBN’s David Brody asked the President, “The refugee changes that you’re looking to make, as it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?” To which President trump replied,
“Yes.They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible – or at least very, very tough – to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim, you could come in. But if you were Christian, it was almost impossible. And the reason that was so unfair, is that everybody was persecuted in all fairness, they were chopping off the heads of everybody, but more so the Christians. I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
President Trump has pledged to prioritise help for Syrian Christian refugees, through his executive order banning immigration from seven countries to review vetting procedures imposed an indefinite hold on all Syrian refugees, including Christians and Muslims.
Pro-life President Trump re-instates Reagan’s ban on US funding for overseas abortions
President Trump signed an executive order on Monday reinstating President Reagan’s 1984 Mexico City policy that bans US federal funding of international family planning charities. President Obama had rescinded President Reagan’s pro-life initiative three days after taking office in 2009. President Trump has re-instated Reagan’s Mexico City policy on the first full working day of his presidency.
President Trump’s executive order stipulates that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cannot fund NGOs that engage in a wide range of activities promoting the culture of death, including providing advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobbying a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available. The Helms Amendment ruling bans the use of U.S. government funds to provide abortion anywhere in the world.