Why Trump?

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 4, 2018   

Promised to appoint judges who would uphold religious freedom

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Morality on issues such as abortion did not drive Americans to seat Donald Trump in the oval office. It was, rather, their desire for freedom from a parental government that moved voters to elect the presidential candidate who promised to uphold that freedom.

While campaigning, Trump promised to protect religious freedom, especially of Catholics. He told Catholics, "I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you." President Trump then fulfilled a campaign promise to protect the freedom of the unborn by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with the hope that he would one day overturn Roe v. Wade.

Freedom got a shot in the arm today with Justice Neil Gorsuch and six other justices on the Supreme Court defending a Colorado Baker's right to refuse to participate in a gay couple's wedding by not decorating a cake for their event. Gorsuch is known for defending Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor, who were being forced to help procure contraceptives for workers.

Many hope that President Trump will nominate justices to fill two more anticipated Supreme Court vacancies with the foreseeable retirement of 81-year-old Anthony Kennedy and 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He'll presumably continue to protect freedom by filling the 148 judicial vacancies at the federal level.

Ginsburg spoke about the monumental impact that Trump, if elected, would have on the court and thus on the country. In 2016, Ginsburg told The New York Times, "I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that."

Watch the panel discuss the desire for freedom behind Americans' choice of president in The Download—Why Trump?



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