Religious freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment will return in the United States after enduring eight years of the Obama administration, a constitutional attorney predicts.
Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver says the religious climate is changing after Hillary Clinton was defeated in her bid to win the White House.
He expects changes in ObamaCare, for example, to protect religious freedom after the Obama administration fought nuns over contraceptives.
Little Sisters of the Poor won a court victory in May when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously vacated a lower court ruling that suggested the mandate didn't burden the nuns' religious beliefs.
Little Sisters also agreed to a compromise that was opposed by the Obama administration, David French wrote at National Review Online.
Congress may also pass the First Amendment Defense Act, which protects Americans from government action if they hold religious beliefs about marriage.
Introduced in 2015, FADA has naturally been denounced by the Left after the landmark Obergefell decision - "the law of the land," the Left proclaimed - struck down state marriage laws and emboldened homosexual activists.
"First Amendment Defense Act would be 'devastating' for LGBTQ Americans," an NBC News headline proclaims.
The irony of a Trump administration defending religious rights is that the real estate mogul disappointed conservatives with his brash behavior and clumsy understanding of Christianity during the GOP primary.
Yet exit polls showed that religious conservatives chose the GOP nominee over Clinton when faced with the choice on the ballot.
In a Dec. 20 story, The Daily Signal compiled a list of Trump's statements about religious rights and other issues that can be read here.
Hailing from liberal New York City, Trump's political leanings have actually leaned left, and his critics have pointed out his donations to liberal politicians, including Clinton herself, over the years.
President Obama stated last month that Trump is "pragmatic" and not "ideological," Politico reported at the time.
But that didn't stop a homosexual man from berating Trump's daughter Ivanka on a commercial flight recently, proclaiming that her father is "ruining the country" while Trump's three young grandchildren sat nearby.
Staver points also to Donald Trump's stated plans to roll back President Obama's executive orders. Those could include rules opposed by many religious conservatives and others, such as the edict from the U.S. Dept. of Education that claims Title IX protects transgendered students.
"There's a significant opportunity for 2017 to reestablish some of the fundamental principles of religious freedom," says Staver, "that have been eroded and frankly attacked over the last eight years."