Despite being only a few days away from Christmas vacation, the Trump administration continues to follow through on its commitment to life and religious liberty, with nine different federal agencies finalizing a joint rule this week providing for fair and equal treatment for religious groups in federal programs. HHS Secretary Alex Azar joined me yesterday on "Washington Watch" to discuss his department's participation in this rule.
Secretary Azar explained that the Obama administration had put "a scarlet letter" on faith-based providers which required them to announce their status and direct funds to secular providers instead. Yet "if their faith wasn't there, most of them would not be nonprofits," Secretary Azar told me. "That's what motivates them." Indeed, by breaking with the previous administration's discrimination, the Trump administration's HHS has proven its commitment to protect religious liberty once again and to respect the good that faith-based nonprofits do.
The administration put an exclamation point on its work yesterday when Vice President Mike Pence headlined a "Life is Winning" event at the White House celebrating the pro-life achievements of this administration -- including, among other things, President Trump's appearance at the March for Life, the Vice President's own tiebreaking vote which allowed states to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, and the administration's reinstation and expansion of the Mexico City Policy. He also discussed President Trump and the HHS' decision to end fetal tissue research at the National Institutes for Health. Additionally, Trump has appointed more than 220 conservative judges to federal courts, including Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
I wished I could be at this event, but I was down in Georgia mobilizing faith-based voters for the two Senate run-offs coming up in January. In his remarks, I appreciate that the Vice President recognized the role Family Research Council and others play in advancing this issue. "In this administration, it's always been about life," he said.
Yet, the administration wasn't done fulfilling its policy promises on life and religious freedom. At the White House event, even more pro-life and pro-freedom actions were announced:
Yesterday was a banner day for life and religious freedom. Despite unprecedented opposition on a host of fronts, the Trump administration has continued to fulfill promises made on life and religious freedom.
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and a host of administration officials should be proud of all the work they have done on behalf of life and religious liberty. Family Research Council applauds the Trump administration's continued devotion to these fundamental policy issues
Today's show features:
Jeff Mordock, Justice Department Reporter for The Washington Times, on the security levels for this year’s inauguration versus the last inauguration.Mary Szoch, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, on her recent op-ed “My Miscarriage and Roe v. Wade,” and on ProLifeCon and the March for Life on Friday, January 29th.David Closson, FRC’s Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, on the unfair restrictions on churches and how Biden administration policies are expected to negatively affect religious liberty.All Sermons by Tony Perkins