• President, VP Hail America’s Christian Heritage at National Prayer Breakfast

    Summary Surge: Both Vice President Pence and President Trump addressed the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, celebrating America’s religious (Christian) heritage. The President also snuck in an (implied) shot at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
    This morning, President Trump and Vice President Pence addressed the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.  Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has spoken at this annual bipartisan event.  But this year was different, coming on the heels of the bitter sham impeachment.

    As he always does, Mike Pence spoke eloquently about the country’s respect for faith.  He said, “I believe that prayer and faith are the thread that runs through every era of American history.”

    Pence noted that President Trump “has made it a practice of opening every Cabinet meeting in prayer.”  And he repeated the president’s remarks from Tuesday’s State of the Union address that America does “not punish prayer, tear down crosses or muzzle our pastors.”

    The president’s speech was also excellent.  He recalled America’s deep religious heritage, and our founding principle that our liberty comes from God, not government.

    President Trump recalled the faith of George Washington and the courageous patriots at Valley Forge, how the families of New York built St. Patrick’s Cathedral long before the city’s first iconic skyscrapers and how America’s civil rights movement was sustained by men and women of faith.

    Trump added that America is “eternally in the debt of our African American churches. . .  For generations, they bravely fought for justice, and lifted up the conscience of our nation.  And we are grateful beyond any measure.”

    The president also noted that his administration has dramatically increased efforts to combat Christian persecution overseas.  As a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I can attest to the administration’s commitment to this critical issue.

    Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the formation of the International Religious Freedom Alliance.  More than two dozen nations have already pledged to join the United States in this effort to defend religious freedom worldwide.

    The president once again condemned the “poison of anti-Semitism,” and reiterated his strong commitment to the sanctity of life, saying, “Every child is a sacred gift from God.”

    Two lines in the president’s remarks, however, have attracted most of the media’s attention, and I believe the president felt compelled to say them.

    There were a number of people he could have been referring to, but Nancy Pelosi stands out for the almost mocking way she repeatedly said she was “praying for the president” as she tried to destroy him and his family.

    Trump said, “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.  Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen shot; PBS NewsHour; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs6uFVNexHE

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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