Trump’s “Religion”

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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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Religious Liberty:

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 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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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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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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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

[Maybe not, but if not, how does TGC explain these 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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