Trump Says Freedom Is a Gift From God Before Signing EO

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President Donald Trump, in signing an executive order, made a public stand that we haven’t really seen a president take since the Reagan era.

During the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Trump made a statement that puts God above government before signing an executive order that protects churches and religious groups engaged in politics from losing their tax-exempt status intact.

According to Breitbart, Trump poignantly stated:

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“We remember this eternal truth. Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God. It was Thomas Jefferson who said the God who gave us life gave us liberty. Our Founding Fathers believed that religious liberty was so fundamental that they enshrined it in the very First Amendment of our great, beloved Constitution.”

According to The Washington Post, Trump spoke directly to those he sought to protect when he signed the order, saying:

“For too long the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs … You’re now in a position to say what you want to say . . . No one should be censoring sermons or targeting ­pastors.”

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It is truly amazing to see the president stand up and protect the rights of our churches, for the church is filled with many people and all of those people have the unalienable right to freedom of speech. If our churches lose their tax-exempt status because they actively campaign for a political candidate who will keep all their freedoms intact, that is just absolutely backward.

Trump knows that, and he signed that order to protect them and all of us from big government who seeks to keep us silent. We will not be silent.

In 1982, during a speech at the annual convention of the United League of Savings and Loan Associations, then President Ronald Reagan made the case for religion in the public square (from the Reagan Library):

“I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas,” he said. “But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.”

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The order Trump signed Thursday will make it easier for American churches — and synagogues and mosques — that believe that “standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land.”

The country needed that.

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