Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, thanked God for President Donald Trump’s bold prayers and National Day of Prayer (NDOP) address and was moved to tears by his pro-life commitment, as well as by his actions to preserve religious freedom and meet the needs of the afflicted.
”May history always remember the day the president of the United States humbly acknowledged God our Creator at the annual National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019,” King wrote in a commentary for CNS News. “My heart was filled with love for humanity, faith for a gloriously transformed nation and hope for a better day – there in the Rose Garden of the White House yesterday.”
Finally, an administration standing for God & His principles
King got emotional after listening to Trump’s sincere appeal to God given after Vice President Mike Pence and First Lady Melania Trump lifted America up to God, asking for His blessing on the U.S. – the first country in the world’s history to have governing laws and principles rooted in the Bible.
“The sincere prayers of our vice president and our first lady set the tone for the impactful message delivered by America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump,” the Christian leader shared. “As the president spoke, tears filled my eyes, and during the lovely worship song, I heard myself resounding along with many gathered there: HALLELUJAH!”
The Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life also celebrated Trump for the many ways he has championed biblical principles while in office.
“President Trump reaffirmed ‘In God We Trust’ in so many ways,” King continued. “His strengthening of America’s religious freedom, his affirmation of the sanctity of life from the womb to the tomb, his compassion for those burdened by the opioid crisis – all of which are powerfully blanketed in prayer by those in support of the POTUS agenda – is so very encouraging.”
With Trump renewing his call to fight and end anti-Semitism in the U.S. in the wake of the fatal synagogue shooting near San Diego, California, Orthodox Jewish leaders have commended the president for boldly standing up for the Jewish American community, and the president’s remarks about spirituality and healing boosted King’s confidence in America’s healing.
“When Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein called President Trump a healer,the resounding amens from among those gathered reminded me of the need of a great awakening,” the Christian pro-life and civil rights activist noted. “President Trump recently said he believes in redemption. Indeed, God has placed America on a path to redemption.”
Trump’s resolve to take care of America first was also applauded by King, who also heads Gospel for Life Ministries.
“The Spirit of the Living God is upon many of us – evident in the POTUS delivery on promises of criminal justice reform, economic assistance for everyone, sanctity of life, compassionate humanitarian intervention and so much more,” she asserted.
In the face of the mainstream media’s portrayal of the president as racist – and even a white supremacist – King applauded Trump for his heart to unite Americans and value all people – regardless of the color of one’s skin.
“Indeed, we are red-blooded Americans – endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” the African-American leader impressed. “President Trump has rightly noted that we all bleed the same. We must thank God for this insight.”
She then seized the opportunity to encourage Americans to include Trump in their prayers.
“In this light, let’s pray, ‘against all odds,’ for our president, his family and his valiant administrative team – for their continuing strength and success,” King urged.
A repeated call for unity – one nation under God – was stressed, using her iconic uncle’s life as an example to follow.
“As we remember the ministry of the prophet Martin Luther King, Jr., we must come together – as the one blood human race, created in the image of God,” the outspoken evangelist incited readers. “We are not colorblind. As we choose abundant life, may we learn to live together as brothers and sisters so that we do not perish together as fools.”
She ended with a final call to prayer.
“As we are moving forward in prayer, let us continue to pray to unite in God’s love and mercy,” she urged in concluding. “May God bless us to see the day that America is redeemed and whole. Amen.”
Making God & prayer important
Trump seized the opportunity this last week to stress America’s need for God and the importance of prayer by addressing the 2019 National Day of Prayer.
“Americans have always found power and unity through prayer,” the president opened up his proclamation, which is posted on the White House’s official site. “Today, on this National Day of Prayer, we once again come together to give thanks to Almighty God for the bountiful blessings He has bestowed on our great Nation and to ask for His unfailing counsel. We also acknowledge our dependence on God’s love to guide our families, communities and our country away from harm and toward abundance and peace.”
He stressed that he will continue to champion Americans’ freedom to live out and express their faith, according to their sincerely held religious beliefs – as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
“Our Nation acknowledges that religious liberty is a natural right given to us by our Creator – not a courtesy that government extends to us,” Trump contended. “The First Amendment recognizes the freedom of religion and safeguards this right against government infringement.”
Zero tolerance for those who attack Americans’ religious freedom was declared.
“The United States’ steadfast commitment to upholding religious freedom has ensured that people of different faiths can pray together and live in peace as fellow American citizens,” the 45th president explained. “We have no tolerance for those who disrupt this peace, and we condemn all hate and violence, particularly in our places of worship.”
He ended the proclamation with a call for Americans to shroud the U.S. military with prayers as they acknowledge America’s ultimate protector – God.
“Today, we also pray for strength for our Nation and our Armed Forces as we face new challenges at home and abroad,” Trump concluded his proclamation. “Our Nation’s honored tradition of prayer has sustained us and strengthened our trust that God will continue to watch over and accompany us through the best of times and the darkest hours. May we as Americans never forget the power of prayer and the greatness of our Creator.”
Taking care of the innocent and covering Christians
Trump made good on his campaign promise to diligently protect the preborn and fight for the conscience rights of pro-life advocates on Thursday, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is augmenting protections for doctors and other health care providers who are opposed to abortions, euthanasia, sterilization and other procedures pushed by the culture of death.
“The new rule followed a 2011 conscience regulation that the Department described as ‘inadequate’ because it only covered three conscience statutes – as opposed to the 25 covered in the new rule,” Fox News reported. “HHS also outlined ‘robust’ enforcement tools – like conducting investigations and making enforcement referrals to the Justice Department – to ensure that recipients of HHS funds comply with conscience protections.”
HHS elaborated on the anti-discrimination legislation that will protect Christians and adherents of other faiths who oppose killing preborn children through medical procedures.
"The rule provides greater specificity concerning what conscience laws require and ensures that the government or government-funded entities are not unlawfully discriminating against individuals, health care providers or health care entities," HHS’s fact sheet reads.
Patients opposed to specific procedures and individuals in a “health service or research activity” will also be protected by the rule that was primarily designed to defend the rights of health care professionals.
HHS Office of Civil Rights Director Roger Severino assured that Christians and other faith groups will no longer be discriminated against when they seek to live by their conscience.
“Finally, laws prohibiting government-funded discrimination against conscience and religious freedom will be enforced like every other civil rights law," Severino informed in a statement posted by HHS. “This rule ensures that health care entities and professionals won’t be bullied out of the health care field because they decline to participate in actions that violate their conscience – including the taking of human life. Protecting conscience and religious freedom not only fosters greater diversity in health care – it’s the law."
In less than two months, the final version of the rule will take effect.
“The original proposal – released in January 2018 – received more than 242,000 public comments and was one of the first actions taken by HHS' new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, established in 2018,” Fox News’ Sam Dorman recounted. “The regulation came amid a renewed debate surrounding religious freedom and how it intersected with reproductive and LGBT issues.”
Pushback from the left
Ultra-left organizations have repeatedly attacked and complained about the Trump administration over its proposed pro-life policies that include protecting Catholic entities from the HHS contraception mandate.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in particular, recently took to Twitter to object to the new rules.
"REMINDER: Denying kids health care because they have two moms is not religious liberty," the ACLU tweeted. "Discrimination is not religious liberty."
The far-left group has led a campaign geared to force Catholics in the medical field to provide services for gender-confused patients who demand treatment aimed at changing their biological sex.
“The ACLU, in particular, has been on the forefront of a multipronged effort to confront issues related to HHS’ guidance,” Dorman noted. “In 2017, for example, the group sued and effectively forced a Catholic health care organization to provide medical services for people who identified as transgender.”
Applause from the right
Considering the HHS’s decision as a win for religious freedom, conservative groups commended the Trump administration for championing life and protecting the conscience of Christians.
"Babies and medical professionals should be free to live in peace without fear of termination," pro-life group Live Action Spokeswoman Alison H. Centofante tweeted.
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins also lauded Trump for making good on his campaign promises to make gains on religious freedom.
“Today is another crucial moment in which President Trump’s promises are becoming a reality,” Perkins proclaimed, as posted on FRC’s site. “Every American should be greatly encouraged to know that they have a president who stands up for the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs without fear of discrimination."