First year of Trump-Pence brings bountiful blessings, religious conservatives say

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    Jan 19, 2018 9:25 PM GMT

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    Indiana Senate Bill 101, titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),[1] is a law in the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings.[2][3]

    The bill was approved by a vote of 40–10[4] and on March 26, 2015, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law.[5] The bill is similar to the Arizona SB 1062 vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2014, which would have expanded Arizona's existing RFRA to include corporations.[6][7]

    The law's signing was met with criticism by such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple Inc.), Subaru of America, the gamer convention Gen Con, and the Disciples of Christ. Opponents of the law claim that it is targeted against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and other groups. Technology company said it would halt its plans to expand in the state,[8] as did Angie's List.[9]

    Thousands protested against the policy,[10][11] in part because of Indiana's reputation for "Hoosier hospitality".[12][13] Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, called on the legislature to repeal the law, or add explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity

    Johnnie Moore, an informal spokesman for the group of evangelicals who advise President Trump, says the administration has “been a dream.”

    Jim Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, estimates the administration has taken about 17 actions on the pro-life agenda alone — a tally he said adds up to the greatest gains by an administration since the Supreme Court legalized abortion.

    And Paula White, the televangelist and spiritual adviser to Trump, calls the president’s first year of accomplishments “absolutely astounding.”

    It’s not just leaders of the Christian conservative community who think Trump has been delivering on his promises to them — from judicial appointments to policy changes, and from personnel appointments to access to the White House. Those opposed to some of the moves agree the group’s list of wins is lengthy

    The list of victories includes:

    Judicial appointments: In addition to appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump placed a first-year record of 12 justices on the U.S. Court of Appeals, in addition to six district court judges. “His record on judicial nominees has been one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive, that we’ve had out of any president,” said Reed, who has worked closely with, or known, many presidents.

    Anti-abortion actions: Trump’s steps included not just reinstating, but expanding, a policy first adopted by GOP presidents in 1984 to prohibit U.S. aid from supporting international groups that promote abortion. Vice President Pence was the highest-ranked administration figure to speak at the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally last year. Trump is addressing this year's march by satellite Friday. “It’s part of the DNA of this administration,” Daly said

    Elevating religious protections: After Trump signed an executive order to “protect religious liberty,” the Justice Department issued new guidance aimed at giving religious groups and individuals broad protections to express their beliefs when they come into conflict with government regulations, including when making hiring decisions. The Health and Human Services Department Thursday announced a new division aimed at protecting doctors and other medical professionals who don’t want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients or take part in other types of care that go against their beliefs. While opponents say the administration is allowing religion to be used as an excuse for discriminating, evangelical adviser Moore says Trump has demonstrated that “you don’t have to check your belief system at the door to have a cooperative and beneficial relationship with the federal government.”

    Weighing in on Supreme Court case: The Justice Department sided with the Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, a case pending before the Supreme Court. The administration didn’t have to get involved, noted Curt Smith, whose Indiana Family Institute filed a brief in support of the baker. “The Obama administration would have been on the other side,” Smith said. “George Bush, maybe on my side, maybe quiet.”

    Recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel: Evangelicals' support for Israel stems in part from passages in the Bible they say show God promised Israel to the Jewish people, and that God blesses those who bless the Jews. Some also believe that Jewish possession of Jerusalem is necessary for the prophesized second coming of Jesus. “I don’t think you can underestimate the way in which American evangelicals identify with Israel as part of their notions of Biblical prophecy,” said Julie Ingersoll, a religious studies professor at the University of North Florida.

    Allowing federal money to pay to rebuild churches: The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently said houses of worship can receive federal dollars to rebuild after natural disasters. “The Constitution is pretty clear that the government doesn’t build houses of worship,” said Garrett of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. But after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in September, Trump tweeted that churches should get FEMA funds “just like others.”

    Directing aid to "persecuted" Christians through faith-based groups: Trump instructed the State Department to bypass the United Nations and use faith-based groups to help Iraqi Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. Pence announced the policy change in a speech to a group that advocates for greater protection of Christians in the Middle East, one of several times he has spoken about the need to help persecuted Christians.

    Doubling the tax credit for children: The tax changes Trump signed into law doubled the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child. While other changes mitigate the effects, especially for larger families, Reed calls it a “huge victory.” “We have shifted the center of gravity in Republican fiscal orthodoxy from being something that is purely supply-side and pro-growth — even though I support all that —– to a tax code that is pro-child, pro-life and pro-family,” he said.

    While Pence avoids taking credit for the administration's accomplishments, social conservatives say he appears to have had the influence they had hoped for on issues like abortion, support for Israel and other policies.

    "it seems like a lot of the issues that please social conservatives about the president seems to have Vice President Pence’
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    Jan 19, 2018 9:39 PM GMT
    Who could forget this evil POS, the one really in charge behind the Drumpf, Nazi classless shit show

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    Jan 20, 2018 12:52 AM GMT
    ElnathB saidWho could forget this evil POS, the one really in charge behind the Drumpf, Nazi classless shit show

    The former Indiana Governor now Vice President Mike Pence appears to be incapable of giving crisp, direct yes and no answers. This I find highly disturbing and totally unacceptable. This man just beats around the bush and keeps hiding behind a federal religious freedom bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.