Heading into Trump’s SOTU address we knew that the tone was going to be a unifying one. For 8 years, President Obama did everything he could to divide the country into groups. Women. Whites. Blacks. Immigrants. Gays. We were all against each other.
Those days are over. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday night was a remarkable one.
There were plenty of great lines in the speech and it’s hard to choose just one.
However, one of the most powerful lines had to do with family and trust in God.
Here’s what he said…
TRUMP: “In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. The motto is ‘in God we trust.'” #SOTU #StateofOurUnion pic.twitter.com/t1AwOX4YUq
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 31, 2018
Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of a nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family, can do anything. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.
Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life.
The motto is in God we trusT.
Trump perfectly summed up the difference between conservatives and liberals. On the right, they talk about faith, family, and independence from government. On the left, not so much. They like to focus on how the government is the answer and we all know the war that the left waged against religious freedom during the Obama years.
So far, Trump has been a true champion for religious liberty.
From The Hill:
Without much fanfare, the Department of Justice issued a guidance memo of October 6, 2017, bearing the subject line, “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.” The memo provides detailed instruction to executive-branch agencies on how to implement federal law in a manner that respects religious liberty. This guidance not only represents the fulfillment of a campaign promise, but is in fact a striking acknowledgement of the robust protection available to all who adhere to religious beliefs and practices.
At 25 pages, it’s an incredibly thorough analysis and provides clear direction on these issues. It includes a list of 20 principles for agencies to adhere to, such as the fact that religious rights include both being able to act or abstain from acting and that religious liberty applies to both individuals and to entities. It also contains specific guidance on particular elements of agency work, including hiring, grant-awarding and rule-making. It concludes with an entire section that outlines both the constitutional and statutory protections of religious liberty.
The thoroughness is by itself significant — but there are several other reasons why Christians should celebrate this document. It represents a return to the basic principles of our Constitution, where religious liberty presides at the forefront of the Bill of Rights. The DOJ memo opens by declaring that this liberty “is … enshrined in our Constitution and other sources of federal law.” It then continues by quoting James Madison’s observation that freedom of religion “is in its nature an unalienable right,” since our devotion to God “is precedent … to the Claims of Civil Society.”
You can check out the full speech here.