In this article, the author, a pro-life activist, discusses about the different views and reactions on Donald Trump’s executive order to ease the Johnson Amendment’s restrictions to “defend the freedom of religion and speech.” The Johnson Amendment prohibits non-profit organizations, including the church, to endorse or political candidates. The new executive order granted the church more freedom to speak about political issues. Religious people, such as the Little Sisters of the poor, were grateful for Trump taking action in protecting people’s religious right, something that was not accomplished in the previous administration, according to them. Others, however, were concerned of the unclarified protection for conservative Christians that believed in marriage between man and woman. The author of this article, Claire Chretien, is a pro-life activist that holds pride in writing about faith and any related issues. Very likely to be a religious, Christian women, she may see to appreciate Trump’s executive order on taking the Christian community in consideration, especially, the Little Sisters of the Poor. This may show the mutual concern over what protection Christians have regarding religion and if the new order can benefit and extend their religion of freedom to achieve true “free exercise.”
This article talks about Texas’ House Bill 3859, also known as the “Freedom to Serve Children Act”, which can allow adoption agencies decide who they can give children to who based on their religious beliefs and they may turn away from parents that they may find objectionable. Those that are against the bill argue that the bill may allow Christian adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples and people of a different religion. Along with this bill, other proposed bills in Texas and executives orders rising since the beginning of Trump’s presidency may also allow Christians to discriminate against groups, like the LGBTQ community and those of other religions.
In this article that was originally posted on the New York Times and then copied onto a page supporting Donald Trump, speaks about Donald Trump’s connections with Christians leaders. The author states that Trump was not exactly what Christians had “prayed” for, but as he was making arrangements for Christians’ Rights, the government began to shape to be more conservative. The article also includes opinions from those Christian leaders and followers that were once not sure about Trump being the ideal man to help the Christian church, but later found to believe that Trump’s position does align with what they believe. At some point, the author mentions that Trump’s ties with these religious people will bring consequences on how policies over education, health care, and free speech will be shaped and how federal courts will make decisions for cases.
In this political cartoon in the perspective of a Christian, the Obamacare mandate for religious institutions required them to provide healthcare services, even if it was against their belief. That included to provide provide services to people of the LGBTQ community. That way, those people of that community wouldn’t have to face discrimination. However, some Christians felt like the mandate violated their beliefs and that they were being limited from their freedom of free religion/of free exercise. The mandate was meant to spread love, but to Christians, it felt more like stab in the back or a threat or violation to Christians’ beliefs. Here, the religious one are feeling discrimination against and feel like they deserve an extension to their freedom of religion. As bills have been proposed and Trump has passed an executive order, these Christian groups have been getting closer to what they desired, and with that, more discrimination against the LGBTQ community has been arising, especially since Trump took office. The “extensions” of religious freedom has mostly benefiting conservative Christians and has harmed the LGBTQ community and people of other religion.
This political cartoon in the perspective of a Christian demonstrates how they view the similarity of Christian persecution in the Middle East and in America. In the Middle East, where ISIS takes control in some regions, Christian followers have been imprisoned and punished, which completely restricted them from their religion freedom. Some Christians, especially conservatives, believe to witness similarities in America, but instead of focusing on Muslims being the oppressor, it’s the LGBTQ community. In both, Christians felt the same anti-Christian bias and intolerance, meaning they also feel the oppression and no complete freedom of religion.