Trump signs order protecting freedom for opponents of abortion, gay ‘marriage’

Pres. Trump signs Religious Freedom Executive Order May 4, 2017.

By Pete Baklinski 

Conservatives say it’s “woefully inadequate.”

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty this morning. The order, titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” allows churches to speak about politics from the pulpit while keeping their tax-exempt status and it provides regulatory relief for ordinary Americans who don’t subscribe to gender ideology or believe in same-sex “marriage.”

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However, religious liberty advocates say it does not go nearly far enough.

The Order was signed in the White House Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer.

“Today my administration is leading by example as we take historic steps to protect religious liberty in the United States of America,” said President Trump during his speech.

“We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore. And we will never ever stand for religious discrimination. Never ever,” he said.

Read executive order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” here.

During his speech, the president called up to the stage the Little Sisters of the Poor who were forced under the Obama administration HHS Mandate to pay for contraceptives for their employees.

Come on up here sister,” Trump says, inviting Little Sisters of the Poor to the podium to shake his hand. May 4, 2017.

The President said that “for too long the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs.”

“That is why I am signing today an Executive Order to defend the freedom of religion and speech in America, the freedoms that we’ve wanted the freedoms that you have fought for for so long,” he added.

“No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenants of their faith,” he said.

Trump called it an “eternal truth” that “freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God.”

During a September 2015 campaign speech at the Iowa Faith and Family Coalition, Donald Trump said the “first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religious liberty.”

Trump’s promise was largely in reaction to the sufferings of Christians across America who were persecuted under the Obama administration’s push for the homosexual agenda.

Under Obama’s mandate, Christian bakers, wedding photographers, florists, counselors, healthcare workers, bed-and-breakfast owners and many others have been fined or lost their jobs for refusing to compromise their Christian beliefs on marriage and sexuality when asked to do so by homosexual activists.

During his Sept. 9, 2016 speech at the Value Voters Summit, Trump promised to “protect and defend” religious liberty.

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5 Responses to Trump signs order protecting freedom for opponents of abortion, gay ‘marriage’

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    Trump has at least relieved the jaws of the death spiral religious freedom has been in. We can always say he didn’t do enough about anything but is aiming the U.S. in a better direction. The next president could change all Trump is trying to reverse, and we’d be back as persecuted Christians.

  2. Stone Hung says:

    Good job.

  3. kathleen says:

    Strange times we live in when the President of a country (who is not even a Catholic himself) is proving to be a far greater defender of the Catholic Faith than the Pope sitting on the Chair of Saint Peter!

    RORATE CAELI saw it coming with President Trump, as I think other hopeful Catholics did too after his inspiring public speech directed to Catholics in the run-up to the U.S. Elections.

  4. kertsen says:

    We live in a changing world and many no longer hold to the Christian faith and some have no religious faith at all. All of us have different opinions as to how a country should be governed and in a democracy this is decided by the elected representatives . In the last five or six decades many minority groups have been given their freedom to live as they wish as long as they do not willfully insist that others also live as they do. Some Christian churches have recognised the new freedoms and we now have women pastors and same sex marriage. This has not been forced on all churches but even evangelical churches are changing along with the Mormon church. Christians and other faiths are not persecuted in our western democracies but they have to learn to accept the law of the land as drawn up by the elected representatives of the people. Where their beliefs come into conflict with the law the law must take precedence otherwise we will have chaos.

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    You (still) make little sense, kertsen, but I appreciate the time you took to edit your comment so that it is visually easy to follow – if not polemically persuasive. Paragraph breaks are good, too.

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