President Donald Trump recognized the National Day of Prayer on Thursday by creating a new White House faith initiative.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who was there when Trump signed the executive order, praised the administration’s commitment to protecting religious freedom.
“The announcement of President Trump’s faith initiative is further evidence that this administration is not only committed to protecting our First Freedom but in also acknowledging that our faith in God contributes to the guidance and well-being of our country,” Perkins said. “I look forward to working with the president to make sure the community of faith will be able to bring hope and help to people in the United States and around the globe.”
Trump said his new initiative will help religious organizations “strengthen the institutions of civil society and American families and communities.” One of the top family issues for many religious organizations is the right to life for unborn babies, something his administration has been working to protect.
Emphasizing the important services provided by faith-based organizations, Trump said the initiative will make sure the organizations have an equal opportunity for grants and other assistance to further their outreach.
The Trump administration’s attention to the faith community is a huge change from pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s, which waged continuous assaults on religious freedom, most notably through the HHS mandate.
In the past two years, Trump has set up a new division of the Department of Health and Human Services to protect conscience rights, cut funds to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, prioritized family planning programs that encourage sexual risk avoidance and abstinence, and created wide exceptions to the HHS mandate for religious objectors. Unfortunately, pro-abortion politicians, abortion advocacy groups and judges appointed by Obama have thwarted many of these efforts – at least temporarily.
Despite the on-going attacks, the Trump administration has remained dedicated to protecting religious freedom, especially for those who believe unborn babies deserve a right to life.
“No longer are Americans punished or excluded from the public square because of their faith, rather they are welcomed and protected by our government,” Perkins concluded.