Thursday, May 04, 2017

The theocracy is being delivered.

May 4, 2017
By John Wagner and Sarah Pulliam Bailey

President Trump on Thursday (click here) signed an executive order aimed at making it easier for churches to participate in politics, seeking to deliver on a campaign pledge to a community that overwhelmingly backed in him in last year’s election.

The order, which Trump unveiled with great fanfare in a Rose Garden ceremony, was cheered by some conservative Christians but seen as a disappointment by others, who said it fell short of the broader changes they wanted to see as part of a highly anticipated measure on religious liberties.

The order, Trump said, removes the financial threat faced by tax-exempt churches from the Internal Revenue Service when pastors speak out on behalf of political candidates. But some experts said it amounts to a mostly symbolic gesture with little likelihood of changing how the agency polices the issue....

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

The First Amendment (click here) guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government....

Trump needs to be impeached. He is heading down a path of no return.

...One of Trump’s chief enemies (click here) in the Constitution is the right to free exercise of religion. This right clashes with his anti-Muslim hatred, which he seeks to codify by banning Muslim immigration, closing mosques and registering all Muslim Americans in a federal database. While some of this discrimination is more rightly considered a violation of the 14 th Amendment—which preserves the fundamental equal rights of all U.S. citizens regardless of race, religion, etc.—the threats to close mosques in particular also represent an infringement of the right to free exercise....

A President of the USA has a chief enemy in the US Constitution? An enemy? The USA Constitution is his enemy.

Just maybe the entire US Constitution is his enemy. He is a confused man. Very confused. The vow he took when inaugurated stated he would protect and uphold the US Constitution. He isn't.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Where does it say there is an option in defending the US Constitution or to rewrite it to a President's liking in an executive order?