At the National Day of Prayer dinner Wednesday, President Trump gave communication with the divine a high compliment.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo was surely not impressed — in November, he shamed people who believe in it (here).
But while speaking to 100+ religious leaders — including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus — DT called communication with one’s Creator the “most powerful thing”:
“America will be a nation that believes forever, and we certainly believe – more than anyone – the power of prayer. It’s the most powerful thing there is.”
The Commander-in-Chief also touted the preservation of religious freedom:
“Tonight we break bread together united by our love of God, and we renew our resolve to protect the sacred freedom of religion – all of us.”
As for the shootings at San Diego’s Chabad of Poway synagogue and Christian churches in Sri Lanka — which, as I covered Friday, the Muslim American Society condemned despite teaching children to chop off the heads of Jews (here) — as well as the mosques massacre in New Zealand, the President expressed sympathy and solidarity:
“All of us in this room send our love and prayers to the Jewish Americans wounded at the Chabad of Poway shooting in California. And our hearts break for the life of (Chabad victim) Laurie Gilbert-Kaye who was so wickedly taken from us. We mourn for the Christians murdered in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and grieve for the Muslims murdered at their mosques in New Zealand.”
“Here at home, we also remember the three historically black churches burned recently in Louisiana and the horrific shooting last year at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.”
As pointed out by The Daily Wire, Trump has championed prayer for quite a while, proclaiming in 2018, “Our country was founded on prayer. Our communities are sustained on prayer, and our nation will be renewed by hard work, a lot of intelligence, and prayer.”
At the dinner, the President also announced legislation lending conscience protections to medical workers.
President Donald Trump announced a new rule Thursday that would protect medical providers who object to certain procedures, such as abortions and gender transitions, for moral or religious reasons, threatening trans people and patients seeking reproductive health care.
“Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Trump told his audience of faith leaders at the White House on the National Day of Prayer. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”
“Every citizen has the absolute right to live according to the teachings of their faith and the convictions of their heart. This is the bedrock of American life. To protect this heritage my Administration has strongly defended religious liberty.” pic.twitter.com/vBhrIp2RML
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 2, 2019
The ACLU had a different take:
REMINDER: Denying kids health care because they have two moms is not religious liberty.
Denying patients IVF because they are unmarried is not religious liberty.
Denying patients surgery because they are trans is not religious liberty.
Discrimination is not religious liberty.
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 2, 2019
No matter what the President does, of course, there are going to be those who oppose him — particularly people who want to comment on things about which they do not know:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 2, 2019
In that case, there were some tweeters around with somethin’ to say:
Alyssa; There are at least 41 predominant Muslim countries in the world. The list on the ban, was 14. And they were originally cited to that list by the previous administration.
— Sean L (@BDLinMA) May 2, 2019
I used to be under the impression this was a bogus parody account. Now that we know it's not, it is even funnier. You keep being you, Alyssa. Thank you for the entertainment.
— John Stocker (@JohnDStocker) May 2, 2019
There. Was. Never. A. Muslim. Ban.
— NCGiGi🕊✝🇺🇸 (@GinnyGinny_1) May 2, 2019
Back The Donald’s promotion of prayer, for an interesting comparison of message, here’s what Obama had to say at the Dinner in 2015:
“[H]ow do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities — the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. …
“So this is not unique to one group or one religion.”
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