Religious Liberty Advocates Praise Trump for Signing Genocide Law
Just as Trump campaigned on providing relief to the downtrodden of the Middle East in their own countries, Breitbart reports in a 13 December 2018 article that Trump has signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which will fund organizations that provide humanitarian aid to religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.
Religious liberty advocates praised President Donald Trump for signing into law on Tuesday the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which will, among other provisions, fund organizations — including faith-based organizations — that provide humanitarian aid to religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.
“After two years of hard work by religious freedom advocates, it was a jubilant moment to watch as President Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act into law,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement. “While the Trump administration has been working to address the needs of those targeted by ISIS’s genocidal campaign, this new law will give another boost to relief groups, including faith-based groups.”
“Until recently, relief groups have been operating almost entirely on private donations,” said Perkins, who is also a commissioner with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
“While a long road is ahead for these genocide victims — today’s bill signing reaffirms that they aren’t walking it alone,” Perkins said.
“This law is enormously significant,” Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and a former USCIRF said in a statement. “It legislates the humanitarian aid policy of the Trump-Pence policy, meaning it cannot be reversed by a future administration policy.”
“Politically, It signals the embrace of Congress for this policy and it creates a precedent for other situations of genocide,” Shea said, noting that even if the United States gave $2 billion dollars to Iraq, it may not reach the genocide victims.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Not only does this fulfill a campaign promise to provide humanitarian aid in the countries and not on our shores — this bill supports the Christians and religious minorities that ISIS has beaten down and driven out of the Middle Eastern refugee camps.
I am thankful for the Christian lives that will be saved in the Middle East due to this bill.
Religious freedom 2, ObamaCare 0
In a summary of the struggle between Obamacare and the religious, 7 December 2018 New York Post article outlines not only the pain the law has inflicted, but also the help the Trump administration has provided in lifting the onerous portions of the law.
Even the Obama administration admitted, when the question finally landed at the Supreme Court, that there were other ways to ensure women had easy access to these drugs and services, whether through public funding or separate health plans.
The government could have easily avoided costly and time-consuming lawsuits, not to mention violations of religious liberty, by stepping back and making a simple fix. But it didn’t. Instead, it issued “change” after “change” to the rule — 11, in all — that did nothing to solve the problem.
So, for EWTN, this fight was necessary. Which is why we opposed the Obama administration mandate years ago, and then joined the Little Sisters of the Poor in its successful efforts before the Supreme Court. It’s also why we pushed the Trump administration to finish the work and permanently protect EWTN.
Yet when the Trump administration did the right thing by creating a rule that protects religious organizations like us from the mandate, state attorneys general raced into court and received nationwide injunctions, delaying the permanent fix we sought for so long. We couldn’t rest until we obtained a final settlement that would remain durable regardless of which administration was holding the regulatory pen.
Now we have that — and a court order leaving EWTN free to follow its faith.
But the fight remains necessary for other people of faith, who face continuing battles to keep and practice their faith at home and in the public square.
The battles continue with Catholic foster care agencies in Philadelphia and Michigan trying to serve their communities while remaining true to their faith. Pregnancy centers in places like California are fighting hard to hold on to their free-speech rights. These are battles with real consequences.
(Read more at New York Post)
Those of us who have a religious objection to paying for another person’s abortion have won another round in the courts. Hopefully, this will put this issue to rest. Additionally, as the Obamacare issue progresses — hopefully Congress will take time to take care of the helpless (like our homeless veterans) while not crippling the rest of us.
I am thankful that the Trump administration has created a rule to protect religious organizations from the mandate.
Trump recognizes anti-Semitism and expresses support for our Jewish citizens
In a 6 December 2018 posting of the “Remarks by President Trump at a Hanukkah Celebration”, Donald Trump spoke these words:
We are gathered together this evening to commemorate the triumph of the Jewish people in the face of terrible oppression. Hanukkah is the story of Jewish patriots who fought to reclaim their freedom. More than 2,000 years ago, the Maccabees defeated a tyrant and a massive army and restored the Holy Temple.
After their victory, they found only enough oil to light the lamp in the temple for a single night. Yet, the light burned brightly for eight nights, the miracle of Hanukkah. This year, we light the menorah, we reflect upon the extraordinary resilience of the Jewish people in the face of centuries of oppression.
Our thoughts also turn to the victims and survivors of the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. I was there and it was horrible. And the rabbi was great. He was a tremendous gentleman. In the wake of these evil murders, Americans of all backgrounds have come together to express our unwavering determination to extract the vile poison of anti-Semitism from our world.
Throughout history, we have seen that no darkness can overcome the light of the Jewish faith and that no evil can overcome the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people. So true.
My administration will always stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters, and we will always stand strong with our cherished friend and partner, the state of Israel.
(Read more at The White House)
Since Jesus came to Solomon’s temple to celebrate the Festival of Lights (John 10:22-23) when the religious leaders gathered around him in one of their initial confrontations with him — I commiserate with those (Jewish, Christian, and other) who find themselves under attack for their religion or ethnicity.
From near the beginning of the Old Testament (with Joseph’s being sold into slavery by his brothers), the Bible is full of examples of unfair treatment and accompanying pleas for us to treat people with love. It also tells us to mourn with the mourning. I thank God that we now have a President who calls on the stories common to the Torah and Bible as he commiserates with our Jewish fellow citizens.
U.S. weekly jobless claims drop to near 49-year low
We can thank Trump’s deregulation for a 49-year-low in jobless claims as reported in a 13 December 2018 Reuters article.
The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits tumbled to near a 49-year low last week, which could ease concerns about a slowdown in the labor market and economy.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 206,000 for the week ended Dec. 8, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Last week’s decline in claims was the largest since April 2015. Claims hit 202,000 in mid-September, which was the lowest level since December 1969.
Data for the prior week was revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 225,000 in the latest week. Claims shot up to an eight-month high of 235,000 during the week ended Nov. 24.
The Labor Department said only claims for Virginia were estimated last week.
The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 3,750 to 224,750 last week.
(Read more at Reuters)
Although there are a number of other dynamics in the business world that both boost and stifle economic growth, Mr You-can-thank-me-now should have known that the regulations of the EPA and his other pet agencies would kill business. Therefore, unless Obama is hopelessly dense, he has no leg to stand on when claiming credit for the growing economy at the same time he acknowledges that Trump has abandoned his environmental regulations.
Nonetheless, I am thankful that Trump has had the foresight to eliminate a number of regulations that tied up business.