Christians should be thankful for these events


US to stop funding ‘ineffective’ UN efforts to help Christians persecuted in Middle East

The Trump administration has announced that it “will no longer rely” solely on the United Nations to disperse funds meant to aid Christians being persecuted in the Middle East and will now direct that money to faith based organizations, as shared in a 25 October 2017 Washington Examiner article. To wit, the article began:

Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that President Trump ordered the State Department to stop funding “ineffective” United Nations relief efforts to combat the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and that, instead, the U.S. will help Christians directly through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Pence noted how the Obama administration spent over $1 billion in humanitarian aid to the Middle East, but sent the funding to various U.N. programs.

Pence outlined how the U.N. was neglecting vulnerable communities, especially religious minorities and said persecuted Christians in the Middle East have not been getting the relief they need.

“My friends, those days are over,” Pence said Wednesday at the In Defense of Christians’ annual Solidarity Dinner for Christians in the Middle East in Washington, D.C. “Our fellow Christians and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly.”

“Tonight, it is my privilege to announce President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations and from this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID,” he added.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

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Ted Cruz stands against liberal anti-religious litmus tests

In a 31 October 2017 Daily Signal article, the bigotry within the Democrat ranks came to the forefront.

Every Democrat in the Senate has an opportunity to stand for religious liberty this week in a vote to confirm a nominee for a federal appeals court, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Monday. But only three Democrats crossed over Tuesday afternoon to vote to confirm Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett as a federal appeals court judge.

>>> Update: The Senate voted to confirm Barrett by a vote of 55-43. The three Democrats who backed Barrett were Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Donnelly seeks re-election in Barrett’s home state.

Cruz had challenged Democrats to support Barrett, President Donald Trump’s pick for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who had faced sharp questioning from Democrats for her Catholic faith.

“I do think we’re seeing a test, but it’s not a test of the nominees. It is a test of the United States Senate,” Cruz said at a press conference Monday at the Capitol also featuring eight other senators among supporters of Barrett’s confirmation.

Not voting were Democrats Claire McCaskill of Missouri, whose husband is in intensive care with a heart condition, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who is on trial on corruption charges.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other Senate Democrats had questioned Barrett about her Catholic faith at a Judiciary Committee hearing Sept. 6.

“The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern,” Feinstein, who is Jewish, said at the hearing.
Cruz said the Democratic Party is not the same party it was when President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat who faced his own doubters because he was Catholic, ran for office. The current party, the Texas Republican said, is more “secular” and “happily embraces atheists.”

Cruz, a Baptist, recalled a time when “legal barriers” were put in front of Catholics.

(Read more at the Daily Signal)

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Trump picks over 100 judicial nominees in the mold of Scalia

A 7 November 2017 CBN article pointed out one thing that Christians should be very happy about. President Trump has made over 147 judicial nominations in the mold of Scalia (who interpreted the Constitution as written, not as a “living document”).

If you believe the mainstream media, you might think President Trump doesn’t get much done except to get involved in daily controversies. But there’s at least one area where he’s making major changes that could affect the country for decades, even generations to come.

Leonard Leo has had a huge impact advising the president in a personal capacity on picks for federal judgeships.

Leo told CBN News, “This president has an opportunity to potentially fill as many as 40 percent of the seats on the federal bench. And that will just be transformative.”

Trump Picks: Not Left Like Obama, Not Safe Like Bush

President Obama picked left-leaning jurists and George W. Bush safe, non-controversial nominees. But Trump has been nominating judges in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia, who gave first priority to the U.S. Constitution and to the law as it’s written, rather than coming up with his own interpretations.

There are some 107 vacancies and Leo stated that if Trump fills them all with strict constitutionalists, their influence, “Will last 40, 50 years and will have an enormous impact on the future of our country.”

(Read more at CBN)

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