Dear President Trump – did the Pentagon/Military get your message? This is a prayerful plea to protect Christian service members.
President Donald J. Trump Stands Up For Religious Freedom In The United States
Law & Justice
Issued on: May 3, 2018
America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer.”
President Donald J. Trump
A VOICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to ensure that the faith-based and community organizations that form the bedrock of our society have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the Federal Government.
•President Trump has signed an Executive Order entitled “Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” in order to: •provide recommendations on the Administration’s policy agenda affecting faith-based and community programs;
•provide recommendations on programs and policies where faith-based and community organizations may partner and/or deliver more effective solutions to poverty;
•apprise the Administration of any failures of the executive branch to comply with religious liberty protections under law; and
•reduce the burdens on the exercise of free religion.
•The Executive Order creates the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Executive Office of the President. •The Initiative will be led by the newly created position of Advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (Initiative) and be supported by experts and various community and faith leaders from outside of the Federal Government.
•All executive departments and agencies that do not have Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives will designate a liaison to the Initiative.
PRIORITIZING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: President Trump has made it clear that religious freedom is a priority throughout his Administration.
•In October 2017, the Department of Justice issued twenty principles of religious liberty to guide the Administration’s litigation strategy and protect religious freedom.
•In January 2018, the Justice Department announced a religious liberty update to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual, raising the profile of religious liberty cases and directing the designation of a Religious Liberty Point of Contact for all U.S. Attorney’s offices.
•In January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced major policy changes protecting freedom of religion inside and outside of the government: •forming a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, providing HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom; and
•proposing to more vigorously enforce twenty-five existing statutory conscience protections for Americans involved in HHS programs, in order to protect Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services.
ONE NATION UNDER GOD: President Trump has publicly stood with people of faith and with those who advocate for the sanctity of life.
•This is the President’s third public event marking the importance of prayer, including attending the National Prayer Breakfast just two weeks after his inauguration. •President Trump has declared several days of prayer, including a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for America’s National Response and Recovery Efforts.
•On October 13, 2017, President Trump spoke at the Value Voters Summit.
•On January 19, 2018, President Trump became the first President to address the March for Life rally live via satellite. •Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life in 2017, becoming the first sitting Vice President to do so in person.
PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Throughout his tenure as President, Donald Trump has been a champion for religious liberty in the United States, restoring the ideals that have undergirded our Nation’s freedom and prosperity since its founding.
•On May 4, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order to greatly enhance religious freedom and freedom of speech: •taking action to ensure that religious institutions may freely exercise their First Amendment right to support and advocate for candidates and causes in line with their values; and
•ensuring that religious Americans and their organizations, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, are not be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.
•The President has announced a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy and is allowing houses of worship to receive crucial disaster aid in times of crisis.
•The Trump Administration has taken a stand on behalf of religious liberty in the courts: •it supported baker Jack Phillips’s right to operate his bakery in accordance with his religious beliefs.
PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE: The President has been one of the foremost defenders of the sanctity of life in the history of the White House.
•President Trump quickly reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prevents $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry and its advocates.
•President Trump signed H.J. Res 43 into law, which overturned the Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting States from defunding certain abortion facilities as part of their family planning programs.
•President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
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Dear President Trump – You have done an excellent job in ridding the country of all of the socialist executive orders written by Obama while he was in office – except, for one – which has been overlooked and is still hanging on.
As President, you have a sworn duty to not only uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, but also to preserve and protect the rights of the men and women serving in the military – rights Obama violated during his eight years in office by threatening to court-martial, punish and discharge Christian service members who shared their faith.
As the President and a friend to all our military, I call on you to repeal each and every executive order Obama created to persecute Christian service members and remove the anti-Christian zealots he appointed who are still in power.
I know you believe that America’s Christian service members should be protected with the same intensity that they protect us. Our heroes deserve better, and you can make that happen.
We know that Obama’s war on Christian service members continues today in the military as it does in the Democratic Party. We all remember when Obama officially began his all-out war on Christian military members and their religion liberty in 2013 when his anti-Christian allies in the Pentagon announced:
“Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense – Court Martials will be decided on a case-by-case basis….”
This is nothing more than an unconstitutional attempt to punish and silence Christian service members and chaplains once and for all.
In God we trust. One of our representatives, Dr. Ben Carson, has reminded us: As Christians, the Bible calls us to be salt and light to influence our culture.