Donald Trump today vowed at the Values Voter Summit to protect, and cherish our Christian Heritage, “like you’ve never seen before.” He credited and thanked Evangelicals for being instrumental in many of his primary wins. Trump promised to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment which revokes the 501 (c) 3 non-profit status of religious institutions which engage in politics. Dovetailing off his school choice speech delivered in Cleveland yesterday, Trump expressed his support of home schooling. He spoke about his visit to a Detroit Church. “The African-American churches have been a voice of conscience leading us through some very difficult times,” he said.
A Trump Press Release addressed key points of his speech.
The genesis for his vow to repeal the Johnson Amendment came from a meeting he had with over 50 pastors, priests, and rabbis, who he asked for their support. One pastor told him they could not because they would lose their non-profit status. Named after Lyndon Johnson, the Amendment came into being because he was having problems with a Texas church.
He said faith has the power to heal, unite and help us live better lives.
He also reiterated his promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare with “much better health care at a much lower price.” He said Clinton wants government run health care.
New Civil Rights Agenda for our Time
“I have outlined a new civil rights agenda for our time: the right to a safe community, a great education, and a secure job.” He said school choice for inner city children, including home schooling, is at the center of this agenda. “My plan will break the government monopoly and make schools compete.”
Trump emphasized the importance of our vote in the choosing of up to five Supreme Court Justices. Judge Scalia is to be the ultimate exemplar of what we are looking for, Trump said. This election will determine if we remain a Constitutional republic. We reject judges who would re-write the laws to impose their own views. Trump has provided a list of 11 judges approved by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. “Clinton’s judicial picks would allow her to completely take over American healthcare, the American economy, religious liberty, not to mention the Second Amendment, which is on very thin ice.” Trump said even one wrong Justice pick could abolish the Second Amendment.
Iran and ISIS
Trump spoke about the horrific Iran nuclear deal and the ransom payment made.
Shifting gears to ISIS, he said the terror group has been carrying on a genocide against Christians worldwide. ISIS must be destroyed, and it must be done by military warfare, as well as cyber, financial, and ideological warfare.
“It’s an imperfect world. You can’t always choose your friends, but you must recognize your enemies.”
Trump described Christians as the most charitable people. He said the family has to be at the center of any anti-poverty agenda. “We are all equal and we all come from the same Creator. If we remember that simple fact, our future is truly limitless,” Trump said. “There is nothing we, as Americans can’t do.”
He quoted 1st John, Chapter 4: “No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”
“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people under one God, saluting one flag. It’s time to stop quibbling over the smallest words and start dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead for our country. This is my promise to all of you: starting in 2017, we will be one American nation. It’s time to break our ties with the bitter failures of the past and to embrace a new American future. Together, we will make America believe again. We will make America united again, and we will Make America Great Again”