Religious leaders drew up a “wish list” of steps they had hoped Donald Trump would take after he was elected. According to the authors involved, the president has fulfilled about 90% of the goals.
Not only has Trump pushed pro-religious freedom legislation, but he has appointed two conservative and constitutionalist Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who are likely to support such freedoms.
“In the first two years of his administration, he’s achieved more than all of the presidents combined since Ronald Reagan,” said Mat Staver, president of the legal advocacy organization Liberty Counsel. “He’s been the most pro-religious freedom and pro-life president in modern history.”
Staver says that roughly 90% of the goals on the list he and other conservative leaders compiled have been achieved through Trump.
Another prominent Christian leader, Rev. Robert Jeffress, who is the pastor of First Baptist Dallas and a frequent guest at the White House confirms that Trump has kept his promises.
“When he ran in 2016 and promised pro-life, pro-religious freedom policies, most evangelicals who voted for him didn’t know whether he would or could fulfill those promises,” Jeffress said. “When they look back now, they see he checked off all of those goals. He’ll win by an even larger margin on the basis of promises kept.”
As would be expected, liberal activists are sounding the alarm over Trump’s actions to protect religious freedom and pro-life.
Naturally, one of his biggest enemies is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU is suing the Trump administration in federal court and trying to thwart its moves toward religious protections.
“This is essentially the wish list of groups that have a very extreme and discriminatory perspective on what religious liberty means,” said Ian Thompson, the senior legislative representative for the ACLU in Washington.
Still, Trump is not alone in the battle for religious liberty, free speech, and the defense of life. The Alliance Defending Freedom is in his corner.
The ADF is among the several conservative legal groups that have litigated against numerous Obama-era initiatives. The group welcomes Trump’s moves to reverse them in favor of religious freedom.
“The defense of life, free speech, and religious liberty should never be subject to political and cultural whims,” said ADF senior vice president Kristen Waggoner. “They are constitutional guarantees, and we are grateful that this administration recognizes that reality and is taking serious steps to correct injustice and protect all Americans.”