Trump’s ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative Sends Taxpayer Money To Churches

Trump’s ‘Faith-Based’ Initiative Sends Taxpayer Money To Churches May 3, 2018

Theocracy alert: Trump celebrates the National Day of Prayer by creating a “faith-based” initiative that would send more taxpayer money to churches.

During a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House celebrating the National Day of Prayer, President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a “faith-based” initiative meant to protect “religious freedom” and “bolster the influence of faith groups in government.”

PBS reports:

He (Trump) signed an executive order creating a “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” that will, among other things, make recommendations on policies that affect faith-based and community programs. Trump said the new office will help ensure such groups have “equal access” to government money and the “equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.”

In other words, the new “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” is a gift to conservative Christians dedicated to remaking the U.S. into a Christian theocracy, a gift promising more government aid and more taxpayer money to promote their nefarious cause.

At the ceremony, Trump officially declared Mar 3, 2018 as the National Day of Prayer.

The following is an excerpt from that declaration:

Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity.  Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.

Adding insult to injury, at the ceremony Trump declared:

Prayer has always been at the center of the American life. America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer.

Wrong. America is not “a nation of believers.” In America, some people believe, and others do not.

As for the new “faith-based” initiative, it is a blatant attempt to circumvent the separation of church and state guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein reports that a spokesperson for the White House told her that Trump’s office would worry less “where the church-state barriers are,” allowing government-religious partnerships to function “without all of these arbitrary concerns as to what is appropriate.”

(Spokesman for Trump’s faith advisors says the difference is this faith office isn’t as focused on “where the church-state barriers are” and thinks govt-religion partnerships should focus on effective programs “without all of these arbitrary concerns as to what is appropriate”)

Bottom line: At a ceremony celebrating the National Day of Prayer, Trump announced a new “faith-based” initiative that will ignore the separation of church and state in order to make sure that conservative Christians receive taxpayer money.

Can you feel the Christian theocracy rising?   

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