Categories for Religion

32,002. 1/3/2020

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a campaign event in a Miami megachurch on Friday [1-3-20] to shore up support from Christian conservatives, after a prominent evangelical publication questioned whether the faithful should support the Republican. The event by Trump at the 7,000-capacity King Jesus International Ministry church has drawn fresh attention to his administration’s ties to “prosperity gospel” preachers who tell followers that generous donations to their churches will be rewarded on Earth with wealth, health and power. The doctrine’s growth in recent decades – often helped by charismatic televangelist pastors – has confounded classical theologians and some of the evangelical community who consider the ‘prosperity gospel’ to be in direct opposition to the Bible.”

Simon Lewis, Heather Timmons, “Trump seeks to shore up evangelical support at ‘prosperity gospel’ church,” Reuters, January 3, 2020 3:16 am

31,916. 12/31/2019

GUNS/RELIGION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Armed congregants quickly stopped a crazed church shooter in Texas. If it were not for the fact that there were people inside of the church that were both armed, and highly proficient in using their weapon, the end result would have been catastrophic. A big THANK YOU to them!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 8:53 am

31,911. 12/30/2019

GUNS/RELIGION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the congregation of yesterday’s church attack. It was over in 6 seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers. Lives were saved by these heroes, and Texas laws allowing them to carry arms!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 30, 2019 7:57 pm

31,787. 12/13/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VOTING: “25 Million Evangelical Christians are not registered to vote. We are working hard to get them registered! @robertjeffress @LouDobbs”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2019 9:27 pm

31,616. 12/11/2019

HOLIDAY/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: LIVE: President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS at Hanukkah Reception https://t.co/dyNXDBgWiF

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2019 4:26 pm

31,606. 12/11/2019

POLL/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’The Exclusive @Ami_Magazine Poll, What Orthodox Jews really think about President Trump’ @JakeTurx https://t.co/bYaDIbKPAa https://t.co/TRtFKA8bGj

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2019 1:52 pm

30,532. 11/12/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @VP: Communities of faith play a vital role in adoption. Under President @realDonaldTrump, we will stand for the freedom of religion and…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 12, 2019 7:38 pm

30,337. 11/6/2019

ABORTION/COURTS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Wednesday [11-6-19] voided the Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule,’ which would have made it easier for health care workers to avoid assisting with abortion or other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds. Hospitals, insurance companies or local governments that violated their employees’ rights under the rule could have faced a loss of federal funds. The rule is part of a broader agenda by the Trump administration, which says it wants to expand protections for the civil rights of health care workers, even as critics say it has weakened civil rights protections for certain patients. President Trump announced the rule last May at a Rose Garden event for the National Day of Prayer. The rule had been scheduled to go into effect later this month. The judge, in a 147-page opinion, said that the Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to impose major portions of the rule and that the agency’s ‘stated justification for undertaking rule making in the first place — a purported ‘significant increase’ in civilian complaints relating to the conscience provisions — was factually untrue.’”

Benjamin Weiser and Margot Sanger-Katz, “Judge Voids Trump-Backed ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Workers,” The New York Times online, November 6, 2019

30,026. 10/29/2019

CABINET/FOREIGN POLICY/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Ralph Drollinger, who has spent much of the last three years teaching the Gospel to President Trump’s cabinet, dresses like a man of the world. One morning this summer, during a layover at Miami International Airport, he was the very picture of American business — a friendly-looking, dark-suited, jowly man in his late prime. The woman sitting beside him, looking just as exactingly appropriate in her black pantsuit and white shirt, was his wife, Danielle. She quietly scrolled through her iPad as Drollinger explained why the trip they were about to embark on to Managua, Nicaragua, had him uncharacteristically worried. The Drollingers were flying to Managua at the behest of Daniel Ortega, the country’s strongman president, who had invited them down as his guests. Drollinger, who has set up Bible studies in the capitals of 32 states and 24 foreign countries, saw another opportunity for growth. He did not engage in too much soul-searching before accepting.”

Mattathias Schwartz, “How the Trump Cabinet’s Bible Teacher Became a Shadow Diplomat,” The New York Times online, October 29, 2019

28,622. 9/23/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump just delivered a critical message on religious freedom and global persecution. ‘Our founders un…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 23, 2019 1:57 pm

28,623. 9/23/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘With one clear voice, the United States of America calls on the nations of the world to end religious persecution.’ #UNGA…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 23, 2019 1:57 pm

27,439. 8/14/2019

BUSINESS/GOVERNMENT/LABOR/LGBTQ/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. businesses with federal government contracts would be allowed not to hire LGBT+ candidates on religious grounds under a proposed rule announced on Wednesday [8-14-19] by the U.S. Department of Labor. The policy change would state that government contractors, including universities, hospitals and corporations, can claim religious exemptions in employment decisions if they can produce evidence of ‘religious purpose’ in their organization. The policy, overseen by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) which sets anti-discrimination rules for businesses working with the government, would weaken an LGBT+ nondiscrimination order by former U.S. President Barack Obama…About one in four workers is employed by a government contractor, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Opponents expressed concern that the rule amounted to tax-funded discrimination against vulnerable populations, including single mothers and LGBT+ Americans.”

Kate Ryan, “Government contractors could refuse LGBT+ workers under new U.S. religious exemption,” Reuters, August 14, 2019 3:49 pm

27,434. 8/14/2019

LABOR/LGBTQ/RELIGION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration opened the door Wednesday [8-14-19] to permitting government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees with a proposed rule that frames the issue as protecting companies’ religious beliefs. The Labor Department proposal follows a string of Supreme Court decisions that protected business owners’ rights to refuse service to gay customers in some circumstances and to opt out of coverage for employees’ birth control, and that expanded churches’ ability to qualify for government funding. In October the high court will hear arguments about whether discrimination against LGBT employees violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Trump Justice Department, reversing its previous stance under President Barack Obama, will argue that it does not. Wednesday’s proposed rule for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will clarify that government contractors may make employment decisions that align with their religious beliefs.”

Ian Kullgren, “Trump rule to protect contractors who discriminate against LGBT workers,” Politico, August 14, 2019 12:52 pm

27,238. 8/6/2019

IMMIGRATION/RACISM/RELIGION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In recent years a number of Catholic bishops have denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and harsh rhetoric toward immigrants and people of color. But one church leader went one step further, becoming likely the first Catholic bishop in the United States to publicly accuse Trump of racism. In a series of lacerating tweets, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Texas, called the President ‘a very poor man’ and urged him to ‘stop hate and racism, starting with yourself’…Garcia-Siller’s tweets were reacting to the massacre of 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday [8-3-19]. The accused gunman is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document that laid out a dark vision of America overrun by Latinos. Some of the language in the manifesto reflects ideas from President Trump, Fox News and the modern Republican party. For example, the document warns of a ‘Hispanic invasion’ and says Democrats are using ‘open borders’ and ‘free healthcare for illegals’ to attract new voters.”

Daniel Burke, “A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 6, 2019 9:35 pm

27,170. 8/3/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pastor Scott, a great guy – and tough! https://t.co/tu0u3AxQqp

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 3:49 pm

27,169. 8/3/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @PastorDScott: Contrary to what the Left’s ‘Know Nothing Blacks’ are saying (Tamar Braxton in particular) The President was involved in…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 3:44 pm

27,161. 8/3/2019

IRAN/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Joining @VP condemning Iran’s reported punishment of Mahrokh Kanbari for practicing her Christian beliefs. America ca…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 7:23 am

27,016. 7/29/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Looking forward to my meeting at 2:00 P.M. with wonderful Inner City Pastors!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 29, 2019 12:29 pm

26,063. 6/26/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was my great honor to speak at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference today in Washington, D.C. Thank you! #RTM2019 https://t.co/KknwcFhawb

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 11:53 am

25,961. 6/23/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Wonderful Church service at Camp David. Thank you!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 23, 2019 8:20 am

25,637. 6/12/2019

DEMS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One of the biggest applause lines of Pete Buttigieg’s latest trip to Iowa came when he said: ‘Faith isn’t the property of one political party.’ After years of playing down or even ceding the message of faith and values to Republicans, Democratic presidential candidates are trying to reclaim it in the 2020 election, sharing their own personal faith stories and reaching out to a slice of religious voters who they believe have been motivated and alienated by President Donald Trump, who has bragged about sexual assault and paid hush money to an adult film actress. While past Democrats have shared their faith on the trail, party strategists and observers say it is playing a more central role in the 2020 campaign than they’ve seen in a long time.But the Democratic focus on religion comes with a new twist: While some previous Democratic candidates have used their faith to connect with conservative or traditionalist voters, 2020 hopefuls like Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and others are using their religion to justify liberal positions on same-sex marriage, abortion and other policy areas that have traditionally animated the conservative religious right in the other direction.”

Elena Schneider, “Democrats get religion in fight to oust Trump,” Politico, June 12, 2019 8:07 am

25,387. 5/30/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “While on a preaching tour in Vermont a few weeks ago, Franklin Graham got an idea: God had helped Donald Trump reach the White House, and now the President needed divine aid again. Like no President before him, Trump was under attack, Graham said. From Democrats, Republicans, the media, even powers and principalities beyond the human realm. His presidency was in peril, the country at a moral crossroads. So Graham decided to do what evangelists do: pray, preferably with lots of other people. After calling evangelical allies, he announced plans to name this Sunday, June 2, as a ‘special day of prayer’ to protect Trump from his ‘enemies’…In some respects, the ‘Pray For Trump’ day seems designed to drive positive media coverage of the President, shifting the narrative from a presidency in peril to one buoyed by Trump’s most loyal bloc: white evangelicals. Graham himself has no public events planned on June 2, outside of a prayer he’ll post on Facebook and a television appearance on Fox News.”

Daniel Burke, “Franklin Graham wants the nation to pray for Trump on Sunday. But other Christians call it propaganda,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 30, 2019 11:07 am

25,021. 5/16/2019

ABORTION/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Richard Land, a prominent evangelical Christian leader, said he could pinpoint the moment that Donald J. Trump secured his election. It was in the third presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, and the question was about abortion. ‘If you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby,’ Mr. Trump said. That emotive, visceral answer, Mr. Land said, was probably enough to win over skeptical working-class Catholic voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, who at that moment found an unlikely champion in Mr. Trump on the single issue that would determine their choice and deliver the White House to Mr. Trump…Mr. Land said that Mr. Trump, far more than Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, an evangelical himself, has given evangelicals a place at the table and a welcome at the White House. As he enters his re-election campaign, Mr. Trump, through his appointment of judges who oppose abortion rights, including to the Supreme Court, and his equally graphic language about late-term abortions, is again speaking a language that evangelicals embrace.”

Michael Tackett, “Trump Fulfills His Promises on Abortion, and to Evangelicals,” The New York Times online, May 16, 2019

24,645. 5/5/2019

RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @VP: Joined the pastors of Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, St. Mary Baptist Church, & Greater Union Baptist Church at what remains of Mt Pl…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 5, 2019 9:46 am

24,572. 5/2/2019

HEALTHCARE/HHS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Thursday [5-2-19] announced an expanded ‘conscience rule’ to protect health care workers who oppose abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds. The rule establishes guidelines for punishing health care institutions with the loss of federal funds if they fail to respect the rights of such workers…After the 440-page rule was released, some groups said they feared the provisions were overly broad and could imperil care for patients seeking reproductive health care. They also said it could lead to discrimination against gay or transgender patients and their children, and weaken public health efforts to expand childhood vaccinations…The rule was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office for Civil Rights, which has been substantially expanded under President Trump. The administration has created a conscience and religious freedom division within the office, and the president’s budget sought to expand its funding.”

Margot Sanger-Katz, “Trump Administration Strengthens ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Care Workers,” The New York Times online, May 2, 2019