Trump’s “Religion”

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[I]t is obvious that Trump has primarily connected with evangelicals in order to expand his political prospects… [and] Trump voters didn’t really care whether Trump was a person of faith.  This point rings true, especially when you consider that Trump drew more support in the primaries from ‘evangelicals’ who went to church the least often… [but] many who self-identify as evangelicals today don’t hold to historic evangelical beliefs.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/evangelical-history/faith-donald-j-trump-book-review/

[That’s because they  aren’t evangelicals .]

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Donald Trump’s Christmas Statement Shows How Little He Understands                      About Christianity

https://pjmedia.com/faith/donald-trumps-christmas-statement-shows-how-little-he-understands-about-christianity/

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Trump Doesn’t Agree with Jesus’ Damnation of Fellow Jews

https://pjmedia.com/faith/white-house-president-doesnt-agree-with-embassy-invocation-pastors-damnation-of-jews/

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Trump’s Spending Deal With Dems Funds Planned Parenthood

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/trump-spending-deal-funds-planned-parenthood

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President Trump’s willingness to bargain exclusively with Democrats                            should worry evangelicals

https://world.wng.org/2017/09/art_of_the_solo_deal

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[Trump] has not acted to protect [Christian’s] freedom of conscience from spurious anti-discrimination claims.  Nor has he stopped [his own] Justice Department from pretending that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBT issues — a false Obama-era claim that threatens religious liberty.  He has not acted aggressively to defund Planned Parenthood.

https://stream.org/open-letter-senator-rand-paul-healthcare-reform-planned-parenthood/ 

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Trump Should Withdraw Radical EEOC Nominee Who Would Oppose Religious Liberty

http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/14/trump-should-withdraw-nominee-would-oppose-religious-liberty/amp/

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Religious Liberty:

Trump’s stance on LGBT order stuns religious liberty advocates
The president plans to keep a controversial Obama administration rule

https://world.wng.org/2017/01/trump_s_stance_on_lgbt_order_stuns_religious_liberty_advocates

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Trump’s [original, May, 2017] executive order on religious freedom was only a baby step in the right direction.  We need *congress* to pass laws that actually protect the free exercise of religion.

https://stream.org/trump-executive-order-baby-step/

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Social conservatives have new doubts about where the president stands on              conscience protections

https://world.wng.org/2017/02/trump_sends_mixed_messages_on_religious_liberty

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Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Won’t Help the Baker, Florist, and Photographer
Federal protections will only go so far in the complicated tussle between faith and         LGBT rights.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/february-web-only/trumps-religious-freedom-order-wont-help-baker-florist-and-.html

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Despite offering broad exemptions for people and institutions that have religious or moral objections to this coverage, the new [October, 2017] regulations maintain Obama’s [abortifacient contraceptive] mandate.  Thus, the [Trump administration] will still force most insurance plans to cover these things, and… it will still force taxpayers, regardless of their own moral or religious beliefs, to underwrite this coverage for others… [Trump’s] HHS did not calculate how many newly conceived human beings will perish in the coming years as a result of [Trump’s] maintaining Obama’s mandate.

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/new-regulations-maintain-obamas-abortion-inducing-drug-mandate

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… at most, [Trump’s follow-up, October, 2017 Executive Order] is a temporary reprieve, not a victory… [because] the ‘interim final rule,’ which [the Order introduces] keeps the [Obamacare abortifacient delivery] mandate in place for the vast majority of employers’ employees…  For starters, this final interim rule doesn’t end litigation like the Little Sisters’ challenge…  And this [new] policy, just like the original mandate, can be changed depending on who’s in the White House.  Only a legislative solution, not an administrative decision, can permanently protect religious freedom when it comes to healthcare law.

http://www.breakpoint.org/2017/10/breakpoint-the-hhs-mandate-rolled-back/

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Trump Pentagon Nominee Thinks Military Base Hospitals Should Do Abortions​

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/11/09/trump-pentagon-nominee-thinks-military-base-hospitals-should-do-abortions%E2%80%8B/

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Trump said little about his faith during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Unlike many other candidates for the Republican nomination… he seldom attends church, displays scant knowledge of the Bible or interest in prayer, and rarely uses religious [language].  Unlike his Republican predecessors [two Bushes & Reagan], he has not been outspoken about a commitment to Jesus Christ… Thus far [February, 2017] Donald Trump’s demeanor, character and policies seem to be little connected with the religious values he praised in his remarks…

https://stream.org/donald-trump-national-prayer-breakfast/

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The Pastor Who Helps Explain Donald Trump
Norman Vincent Peale reduced Christianity to a checklist of behaviors that, if followed, would guarantee pragmatic benefits.  As he proudly stated, ‘We have made the mistake of thinking that Christianity is a creed to be recited.  On the contrary, it is a power to be tapped’.  It was a faith in the effects of faith [i.e. a fallacious tautology]…  In a direct sense, Peale’s positive thinking anticipated the prosperity gospel… [which Trump also openly touts ]”

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-review-surge-piety-norman-vincent-peale

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For [Norman Vincent] Peale [and therefore for Donald Trump as well], ‘attitudes are more important than facts’…  The first fact that Peale’s [and Trump’s] positive thinking had to overcome was the fact of human frailty [a.k.a. ‘sin’]…  Thus the necessity of repentance recedes…  The self-sufficient faith Trump absorbed from Peale has no place for human weakness.  Human frailty, dependency, and sinfulness cannot be acknowledged; they must be overcome.  This opens up the possibility of great cruelty toward those who cannot wish themselves into being winners. A man who need not ask forgiveness need never forgive others. He does not realize his own weakness, and so he mocks and reviles every sign of weakness in his ­fellow men.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/08/donald-trump-man-of-faith

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Trump has committed sins — everyone has — but the biggest problem with calling him a ‘baby Christian’ is that he has not repented.  In fact, he has  publicly declared  that he has not repented of his sins.  Trump actually said, ‘I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture.’… This is no small thing… Repentance of sins — to God, against whom every sin is committed — is the central prerequisite of being a Christian.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/12/18/5-hard-truths-for-the-religious-right-after-2016/

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A rector who marched against Trump, gay blessings, gun control, Muslim outreach and ‘climate crisis’ solar panels on the roof:  Meet Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s ultra-liberal church

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4196096/Trump-s-Supreme-Court-pick-belongs-liberal-church.html

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Twice-Divorced Paula White Praying at Trump Inauguration                                                      Is Exactly What We Expected From Trump

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/12/28/twice-divorced-paula-white-praying-at-trump-inauguration-is-exactly-what-we-expected//?singlepage=true

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White… ma[de] history as the first openly, egregiously heretical female to ‘pray in’           a new President.

http://babylonbee.com/news/paula-white-shatters-glass-ceiling-becoming-first-female-false-teacher-pray-presidential-inauguration/

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Why Paula White is a Heretic
One [of many] example[s] is her affirmation of the statement that ‘Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God … He is the first fruit.’

http://theologyforwomen.org/2017/01/paula-white-heretic.html

[See, also…

http://politicreviews.com/who-is-paula-white-donald-trumps-spiritual-counselor/

and

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/03/evangelicals-should-be-deeply-troubled-by-donald-trumps-attempt-to-mainstream-heresy ]

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Paula White Urges Followers to Sow ‘First Fruits’ Offering of Up to 1 Month’s Pay                 or Suffer ‘Consequences’

https://www.christianpost.com/news/paula-white-urges-followers-sow-first-fruits-offering-up-to-1-months-pay-or-suffer-consequences-212716/

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Trump’s Mega-Rich Spiritual Adviser Paula WhiteWants Followers to Send Her             Their January Salary

https://pjmedia.com/faith/trumps-mega-rich-spiritual-adviser-wants-followers-send-january-salary/

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Mormon choir performance at Trump inauguration draws ire —                                          [but only] from Mormons

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/23/mormon-choir-performance-at-trump-inauguration-draws-ire.html

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Islam:

Trump celebrates Ramadan, calling it ‘a timeless message of peace, clarity, and love’

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/trump_celebrates_ramadan_calling_it_a_timeless_message_of_peace_clarity_and_love.html

[ Really , Mr. Trump?   Really ? ]

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Religious minorities — including Christians — targeted in Iran find the welcome mat yanked also by Donald Trump

https://world.wng.org/2018/03/a_terminal_wait

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Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians
Despite Trump’s campaign promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, his State Dept. rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/21/trump-administration-turns-away-iranian-christians/

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Amid Iran’s unrest, Trump’s State Dept. denying Iranian Christians entry

https://world.wng.org/content/amid_iran_s_unrest_us_denying_christians_entry

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Obama’s favorite imam gets to pray with Trump

http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/mystery-obamas-favorite-imam-gets-to-pray-with-trump/print/

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Imam at Trump’s Prayer Service Recited a Condemnation of Jews and Christians

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/01/24/imam-at-trumps-prayer-service-recited-a-condemnation-of-jews-and-christians/

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Sudan’s Christians and others suffer on at the hands of Muslims, while Trump grants relief to the regime that persecute them

https://world.wng.org/2017/10/change_of_fortunes

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Despite Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/01/despite-pence-promises-persecuted-iraqi-christians-still-in-perilous-limbo.html

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Copts denounce Trump faith team’s Cairo meeting
The meeting included Egypt’s Protestant leaders but not Copts and took place as 28 Copts were killed in an attack on a bus south of Cairo and authorities closed several churches

https://world.wng.org/content/copts_denounce_trump_faith_team_s_cairo_meeting

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Evangelicals ‘n Trump:

No, the Majority of American Evangelicals Did Not Vote for Trump

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-the-majority-of-american-evangelicals-did-not-vote-for-trump

[In that article, TGC explains the following statistics.]

Trump Elected President, Thanks to 4 in 5 White Evangelicals

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/november/trump-elected-president-thanks-to-4-in-5-white-evangelicals.html

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Largest Evangelical Turnout in History Helps Trump Defeat Clinton

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/11/09/largest-evangelical-turnout-in-history-helps-donald-trump-defeat-pro-abortion-hillary-clinton/

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Trump attended meetings in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 11-12, 2017 at the InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, owned by the Vietnam Sun Group, which, in collusion with the corrupt and unelected government of Da Nang City, stole the land on which it is built from the 142-year-old Catholic parish of Con Dau and the surrounding Catholic community.  Trump ignored an open letter sent to him on June 30, 2017 in which eighteen representatives of various victim and religious groups asked the president to refrain from dignifying the APEC Summit with his presence.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/playing_the_trump_card_in_vietnam.html

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