President Trump on Faith, Prayer at 2017 Values Voter Summit

President Trump, as the first sitting President to speak at the Values Voter Summit:

We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.

We know that it’s the family and the church, not government officials, that know best how to create strong and loving communities.

And above all else, we know this: In America, we don’t worship government — we worship God. Inspired by that conviction, we are returning moral clarity to our view of the world and the many grave challenges we face.

America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer.

We see the strength of the American spirit…We see this spirit in the men and women who selflessly enlist in our armed forces and, really, who go out and risk their lives for God and for country.

As long as we have pride in our country, confidence in our future, and faith in our God, then America will prevail.

George Washington said that “religion and morality are indispensable” to America’s happiness, really, prosperity and totally to its success. It is our faith and our values that inspires us to give with charity, to act with courage, and to sacrifice for what we know is right.

The American Founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence — four times. How times have changed. But you know what, now they’re changing back again. Just remember that.

Religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights. And we all pledge allegiance to — very, very beautifully — “one nation under God.”

This is America’s heritage, a country that never forgets that we are all all, every one of us made by the same God in Heaven.

I pledged that, in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected, and defended like you have never seen before. That’s what’s happening.

We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge. We will defend our faith and protect our traditions. We will find the best in each other and in ourselves. We will pass on the blessings of liberty, and the glories of God, to our children. Our values will endure, our nation will thrive, our citizens will flourish, and our freedom will triumph.

Regardless of your opinions of the President, those are some pretty strong statements in support of religious liberty in America today.  So, amen to that.

Read the full text of President Trump’s remarks.

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8 comments

  • Anonymous Imperial Patriot

    Finally, an actual President in the White House.

  • Also interesting to note that the Washington Post, conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin, one of “50 Most Influential American Jews”, blasted the so-called Christians who turned out at the Value Voters Summit said the “thrice-married, frequently accused misogynist who evidences not a single Christian virtue (e.g. humility, honesty, empathy, kindness, generosity).” And “Christian conservatives should give up the ruse — they’ve made a bargain with the most irreligious and faithless temporary white house guest in history, a man who holds what they value in contempt.

    Even GW said some not so christian behavior exhibited by the temporary white house guest… “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children”

    This temporary white house guest will not be good for america based on his actions or what he says. Our “traditions” are what WE want them to be, not what he wants them to be. The great people of this nation will not tolerate a theocracy.

    • @Carmine Wiggins
      The argument by non-Christians that Christians should or should not do something because of the critics’ interpretations of the Christian faith remains quite amusing. If you want to appropriate the Christian faith to criticize Christians, you’ll need the entire Christian worldview, not just the ideology you want to cherry pick.

      A wise Christian man once said “I’d rather vote for a competent atheist than an incompetent Christian.” President Trump may not be acting very Christ-like, in your opinion, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing things that conservatives and Christians believe are good for the country — and he’s doing them with more forthrightness and assertiveness than any President in decades.

      By the way, Jesus said

      “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”- Matthew 10:16

      Think about that for a minute.

    • Anonymous Imperial Patriot

      You and the writer of that post are both full of s–t.

      We’ve made a bargain with somebody who finally sees us as human beings, and who is currently doing a whole lot to ensure that we have our rights.

  • YOU are very disrespectful Anonymous Imperial Patriot, and your comments are part of the problem. You cannot make a bargain with a snake and y’all made a BIG mistake! And NO, I would NOT have voted for the democratic candidate either.

    Are you saying your rights are higher up on the food chain, so to speak, or christian rights trump (whoops, no pun intended), other persons rights?

    For example, the right for a woman to have an abortion is her right, but you want to take that right away from them, even if she was raped? Or, the christian restaurant owner doesn’t want to serve gay people and their right to eat anywhere they want is taken away? Don’t these folks also NEED to be seen as human beings too, we are in america after all? Are we also going back in time (aka the other dark ages) when women couldn’t vote and have separate water fountains and bathrooms too?

    All I’ve seen lately is a lot of divisiveness and poor leadership from the temporary white house guest and our other temporary elected officials. Hurting american’s medical insurance, banning other countries from bringing tourist dollars into this country (maybe staying too), giving rich folks even more tax breaks…this is the america you want?

    • @Carmine Wiggins

      You are correct that AIP’s comment was disrespectful.

      Abortion is not a right. It is legal in many places, but it is not a right.

      the christian restaurant owner doesn’t want to serve gay people…

      There is no instance remotely like you are suggesting currently being litigated. Many cases have been brought over Christians (or others with similar beliefs) not wanting to be forced to promote or celebrate sexuality. For example, most people don’t seem to understand one of the famous Christian bakers who declined to make a gay wedding cake had previously served the same couple non-wedding items and was content to continue to do so — just not a wedding cake. One baker even offered a gay couple a blank cake and the frosting to make it themselves, but declined to put the message on it.

      Plenty of industries choose to restrict the messages they produce (for example, a t-shirt maker declining to print shirts that have certain phrases). Christians in these industries are no different.

      Seeing someone as a human being does not mean you have to support their behavior choices.

      temporary white house guest and our other temporary elected officials

      You realize the word “temporary” is redundant, right?

      Your opinions on the “America [we] want” are interesting, but they are just your biased opinions. Similar statements are made at the beginning of every new president’s term.

    • Anonymous Imperial Patriot

      I don’t care how disrespectful I am being. Respect is EARNED, and the LGBTXYZQWM…whatevers, and all their allies, lost my respect long ago; after I was sexually harassed by a gay, and was mocked for it. “[name withheld], stop being such a homophobic, little b—h,” they said.

      Now, Donald Trump is finally a President whom we Christians can look towards to protect our rights. You seem to be under the belief that the rights of majorities should be put on the back-burner in favor of the rights of minorities. Well, whether you like it or not, Christians have rights too, and those rights should be protected, especially in today’s day and age when LGBTwhatevers are teaming up with antifa terrorists to maim and kill anybody remotely viewed as conservative.

      “Is that the America you want?” Close, but no cigar. You would prefer Trump’s America to the America I want. Hint: Do you think I have the word “Imperial” in my screen-name because I am a Star Wars fan?

  • Thanks JD. A “right” according to the law, but lets not mince words.

    I make no biased opinions, if I do, it is because I too am very tired of the arguments over freedoms/rights because of what the laws allow verses the peoples just desire to live free. In some can’t live free with rights if people try to change the laws because they are trying to force their beliefs on others. In many cases we don’t need a law, e.g. our freedom to choose. This includes the freedom to choose our own moral clarity, who we worship (or not) and who we live with. The government MUST stay out, especially the white house guest; because he can’t stop anything cold unless of course he establishes marshall law and imprisons people for disagreeing with him…it could happen.

    I know temporary is redundant, it just gives me a warmer fuzzy. :)

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