President Trump: “Justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God.”

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WASHINGTON, DC- Without a doubt, President Trump has been one of the most dedicated presidents where it concerns religious liberty and protecting the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

On Monday, the president marked the 850th anniversary of the death of Thomas Becket, an English archbishop and saint who was killed in 1170 by knights of King Henry II, according to The Hill.

“Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, ‘the Church will attain liberty and peace,’” the president wrote in a statement.

As part of his proclamation, President Trump made a call to “end religious persecution worldwide.”

The BBC noted that Becket was born around 1120 and he frequently crashed with the British monarch over rights an independence of the Catholic Church. There have been a number of artistic works completed about his life and assassination, including plays by Alfred Tennyson and Jean Anouilh, The Hill said.

“Thomas Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history,” the president’s statement read.

“It eventually brought about numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the state over the Church across the West. In England, Becket’s murder led to the Magna Carta’s declaration 45 years later that: ‘[T]he English church shall be free and shall have its rights undiminished and its liberties unimpaired.”

Ending the proclamation, President Trump wrote:

“A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure—because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God.”

The full text of the president’s statement read:

Thomas Becket’s death serves as a powerful and timeless reminder to every American that our freedom from religious persecution is not a mere luxury or accident of history, but rather an essential element of our liberty. It is our priceless treasure and inheritance. And it was bought with the blood of martyrs.

As Americans, we were first united by our believe that ‘rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God’ and that defending liberty is more important than life itself. If we are to continue to be the land of the free, no government official, no governor, no bureaucrat, no judge, and no legislator must be allowed to decree what is orthodox in matters of religion or to require religious believers to violate their consciences.

No right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. The people of America and the people of the world still cry out: ‘We want God.’”

On this day, we celebrate and revere Thomas Becket’s courageous stand for religious liberty and we reaffirm our call to end religious persecution worldwide. America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.”

President Trump took the opportunity to reaffirm his belief in the sanctity of life, born and unborn while slamming the United Nations for pressuring countries such as Poland and Ireland to legalize abortion.

The president said that global bureaucrats “have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life, reflecting the belief held by the United States and many other countries that every child—born and unborn—is a sacred gift from God,” he said.

President Trump also said that religious freedom is a “core dimension of United states foreign policy” and noted that his administration had directed ambassadors and foreign service officers to “promote, defend, and support religious freedom as a central pillar of American diplomacy.”

“We pray for religious believers everywhere who suffer persecution for their faith,” he continued. “We especially pray for their brave and inspiring shepherds—like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Pastor Wang Yi of Chengdu—who are tireless witnesses to hope.”

To honor Thomas Becket’s memory, the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be released, laws restricting freedom of religion and belief must be repealed, and the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed must be protected. The tyranny and murder that shocked the conscience of the Middle Ages must never be allowed to happen again. As long as America stands, we will always defend religious liberty.”

Becket had been the subject of threats of death from King Henry II, who had called for his death, saying: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

Eventually the King’s knights rode to the Canterbury Cathedral where Becket was executed inside the walls of his own church.

Becket has been celebrated in the United States in film, including the award-winning 1964 movie Becket, which starred Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole.

His life also inspired a number of proponents of religious freedom, including the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a U.S.-based law firm that defends fundamental religious rights across all faiths.

Most recently, that fund was the lead counsel for the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which went to the United States Supreme Court and was decided in favor of the Sisters on July 8, 2020.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Former Vice President and current presumed Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden announced this week that he will work to undo the Supreme Court’s decision on religious exemptions from the contraceptive mandate provided in Obamacare. 

The ruling he vows to overturn has to do with the recent case Little Sisters of the Poor v Pennsylvania

In this case, the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration had the right to provide regulation which protect religious freedom, in this circumstance, forcing religious groups to provide contraceptives through Obamacare.

 

 

This fight was initiated many years ago, initially by Hobby Lobby.  With this case, Hobby Lobby maintained that they were a private family owned business who did not believe, due to religious reasons, in providing health care coverage which offered contraceptives, specifically, drugs that would induce abortions, known commonly as the morning after pill. 

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision for company in the Burwell v Hobby Lobby case, in 2014.

This decision was geared mainly toward privately owned businesses, which left the religious charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor (a group of nuns that minister to the elderly), having to provide the coverage.   

President Trump, shortly after taking office, did not believe that religious groups should be forced to provide coverage that goes against their deep-rooted beliefs.  President Trump’s administration provided a rule which exempted all religious groups from Obama Care requirements in forcing them to provide the coverage. 

The Supreme Court heard the argument and ruled, in 7-2 decision that the order was valid, giving the charity a win.  Biden, apparently unhappy with this decision, vowed recently that, if elected, he would ensure that this mandate is reversed. 

Biden stated, according to Fox News:

“As disappointing as the Supreme Court’s ruling is, there is a clear path to fixing it: electing a new President who will end Donald Trump’s ceaseless attempts to gut every aspect of the Affordable Care Act. 

“If I am elected, I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions.”

Biden was referring to the Obama administration allowing for very broad exemptions for churches and religious entities, but also mandated that another insurance company which offered contraceptives must be provided by the group. 

The Trump administration’s order, and the ruling by the Supreme Court, ensured that religious groups never had to provide coverage for items that were against their beliefs. 

Biden, unhappy with the decision, believes that this will somehow cause harm to women in general. 

Biden stated:

“Health care is a right that should not be dependent on race, gender, income or zip code. Yet as a result of today’s decision, countless women are at risk of losing access to affordable, preventive care.” 

It appears as though Biden referred to abortions as preventive care.

Trump 2020 Deputy Communications Director Ali Pardo said in a statement:

“Joe Biden’s decade-long war against Catholic nuns and the Little Sisters of the Poor is finally over.  Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a landmark win for religious liberty. Unlike Joe Biden, President Trump has been a staunch defender of religious freedom since taking office and will always fight to defend communities of faith.” 

Justice Clarence Thomas, in his majority opinion, stated:

“For over 150 years, the Little Sisters have engaged in faithful service and sacrifice, motivated by a religious calling to surrender all for the sake of their brother. 

But for the past seven years, they – like many other religious objectors who have participated in the litigation and rulemakings leading up to today’s decision – have had to fight for the ability to continue in their noble work without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.” 

Although the recent ruling won the battle, it did not win the war.  Justice Neil Gorsuch advised there could be more administrative challenges in the future. 

He said:

“We now send these cases back to the lower courts, where the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey are all but certain to pursue their argument that the current rule is flawed on yet another ground, namely, that it is arbitrary and capricious and thus violates the APA.”

If Biden gets elected as president, he may well be able to reverse the administrative order that President Trump enacted in 2017.  This fight seems far from over.

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Current Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden recently made a promise to “transform” the United States if elected. 

According to the Washington Times, the presumed democratic presidential nominee said on twitter:

“We’re going to beat Donald Trump.  And when we do, we won’t just rebuild this nation – we’ll transform it.” 

What exactly the former Vice President meant by transforming America, he did not say.

This of course got the attention of the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr.  In a tweet, Trump, Jr said:

“Biden wants to ‘transform’ America to CHOP.  Open your eyes people. The radicle left runs the party and they couldn’t be more clear with their intentions.” 

Trump, Jr’s tweet references the violent acts that had occurred when the democratic mayor in that city allowed Black Lives Matter to overtake an area of her city.

Exactly what Biden meant with transforming America is anyone’s guess.  Biden spent decades as a senator and eight years as the Vice President.  Vice President to former President Barack Obama who also ran on the theme of hope and change. 

At least with Obama, there were clear indications as to what his platform was going to be, with Biden, other than being a democrat, there are not that many hints as to what he means by transforming America.

Looking at what the United States has been through recently with the riots over George Floyd’s death, one can assume that Biden is referring to be more inclusive to minority communities. 

After all, turn on any local media station and you will see how they say President Trump is racist, yet, they can never offer any evidence to support that claim. Another idea as to how he may transform the country is with race and gun related issues.

Recently, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, said:

“Biden does not believe that police should be defunded. He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.” 

What exactly would be his idea of a plan to stop the pain that people are feeling was not described.

Of course, not promising to defund police departments nationwide would seemingly be a blow to those who support him from the liberal ideology.  Most of the democratic liberals side with some type of defunding of police departments and Biden has taken criticism from several groups, including Black Lives Matter, for not publicly calling for downsizing police in the nation. 

According to the Politico, a recent report said:

 “Internally, Biden’s campaign is balancing how to best respond to the transformational demands of protesters while maintaining his commanding lead over Trump. Biden gained the lead by staying largely out of the spotlight as Trump has praised the “beautiful heritage” of the Confederacy and called protesters “thugs.”

Seeing a potential weakness, President Trump’s campaign sees a way to attack Biden and the push for defunding and disbanding of police departments nationwide. 

President Trump has been quick to speak out about the ongoing violence and acts of vandalism which have been occurring in Minneapolis, New York, and Seattle as of late.  The President is quick to point out that democratic leaders are allowing the mayhem to continue and not putting a stop to it.

The campaign of the President uses these areas to give America a sense of what he believes will happen if Joe Biden were ever elected to be the President. 

Trump, Jr, according to Fox News said:

“If we defund the police as Joe Biden’s allies are calling for, who will answer the phone when people call 911?  You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”


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