"My administration will stand side by side with the American Catholic"
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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Donald Trump is acknowledging the historical contributions made by Catholics to American society, and pledges to promote their values while protecting them from hostile politicians in Washington.
In a recent video, Trump calls out the current anti-Catholic winds blowing from the nation's capital. "Washington politicians have been hostile to the Church, they have been hostile to Catholics, they have been hostile to the members of Catholicism," he remarks.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas highlighted a few such hostilities in a letter last month to his flock.
It is ironic that Senator Kaine expressed such profound concern about imposing his religious beliefs on others, while supporting efforts:
to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based ministries to violate their conscience by including abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations in their employee health plans;
to put small business owners (e.g., florists, bakers, photographers, etc.) out of business with crippling fines if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies;
to force every American taxpayer to help fund abortion.
Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, personified religious hostility when in a speech last year she declared
All the laws we passed don't count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.
In contrast to the many politicians now attacking Catholic morals by peddling abortion, so-called same-sex marriage, assisted suicide and transgender ideology, Trump promises to side with Catholics and promote their values. "My administration will stand side by side with the American Catholics to promote the values we all share as Christians and Americans," he said.
The presidential hopeful closed his statement by invoking God's blessing. "God bless you, God bless the United States of America. We will make America great again."
This was similar to how his wife Melania finished her speech in Pennsylvania on November 3. "With your help and God's grace, we will make America great again. ... God bless you! And God bless this beautiful country."