First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
[Art.] 5. [Religious Freedom Recognized.] Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession, sentiments, or persuasion; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or disturb others in their religious worship.
Now that the Wu Flu Jail Break has started all over the country, I AM glad to see that there is other news out there to opine on. This snippet from Politico at Instapundit caught my attention and my immediate reaction was “who cares”? As an Evangelical Christian, it doesn’t matter (emphasis mine):
Only One In Four Americans See Trump As A Man Of Faith
Only 27 percent of registered voters in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll said they somewhat or strongly agree that Trump himself is religious, while 55 percent somewhat or strongly disagree. Among subgroups, just over a third of all Christians view the president as religious (50 percent do not), while 23 percent of Catholics and 18 percent of independents see him that way. Evangelicals were more likely to view Trump as religious: 40 percent said they agreed that he is, while 33 percent disagreed.
Ideological conservatives and Republicans were the only demographics in which a majority of respondents characterized the president as religious — 55 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
This completely misses the point of the whole topic and, once again, the second thought that popped into my head was Glenn Reynolds’ favorite phrase, “Democrats with Bylines.” Polls used to be actual conveyers of information and yes, we do put them up on a regular basis. That said, make no mistake that the MSM have also weaponized the creation and use of polls.
How do I know?
One only has to look at the internals of the polls, rather than just the top lines like those above, to see how the question are framed and what the sampling sizes of the different fractions of viewpoints making up the response population. In this case, all I had to see from the Politico piece to know it was a DwB hit piece was the nuance of “in an effort to reverse his declining political fortunes.” Yeah, sure thing. Even as poll after poll is churned out in showing the lead that Basement Biden has over Trump, I only have to ask “where is Biden’s similar campaign results”?
I don’t know Trump’s heart and I don’t know his level of internal spirituality or his external display of religiosity. It doesn’t matter.
I don’t know what his creed is. It doesn’t matter.
I don’t know what his religious theology, his framework, his tenets; it doesn’t matter.
I don’t know how often he prays or reads the Bible; it doesn’t matter.
I don’t know if he has ever taught a Sunday School class at any level or been involved in setting up Sunday School classes; it doesn’t matter.
I don’t know if he has served in any kind of church functions (e.g., usher, choir member, worship leader, Sunday School, outreach ministries, being a Deacon or Elder, or simply helping to keep a church physically clean and safe); it doesn’t matter.
What I DO care is that he has never said or done anything like this. From my page on Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it:
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
That was his opponent in 2016 – Hillary Clinton. Too many of the Left, and no small number of Never-Trumpers (and sometimes, the “Faithful”) miss the point. For we who did vote for him, he has never threatened my belief system. He has never talked it down, called it superstitious, didn’t allude to constraining it from the Public Square and limited it to “houses of Worship” or otherwise has tried to limit my Right to worship as I please.
Whether he is religious or not doesn’t matter – he has protected us against those that see our Faith as an impediment to their agenda. His Department of Justice put out a warning and then started to contact a lot of the mostly Democrat Governors who believe that their Government-backed Emergency Orders (even like Republican NH Governor Chris Sununu who severely limited congregate worship under the rubric of “Public Safety trumps everything else” and only wised up when he allowed that thousands gathering to protest (Freedom of Speech) was perfectly fine – and OOPS, forgot the next part).
We have seen all over the country that worship was downgraded to “oh you can do that in your home by yourself – stop complaining).
It’s also not Christians that have been discriminated against. Communist NY City Mayor de Blasio has let his anti-Semitism fly:
- He threatened to arrest hundreds of Orthodox Jews with arrest for attending the funeral of a beloved rabbi for disobeying stay at home orders
- Threatened to close down churches and synagogs that were holding services – permanently.
- He threatened NYC Jewish day schools with Cease and Desist orders
- He kicked Hasidic Jewish kids out of city parks and welded the gates closed even as he was in favor of THOUSANDS protest in George Floyd / Black Live Matter protests.
And we get the same sorry CYA explanation from them all:
“When you see a nation, an entire nation simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seeded in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services,” the mayor said last week.
Racism issues GREAT, religion bad. Sorry, it IS the same question in a Free Society – it doesn’t matter the reason for the “congregating”, it was the congregating itself. It became too easy for these elected representatives to ignore the strictures above for their own agenda. And in doing so, showing their own
racism bigotry against people of Faith.
No, Trump has done none of these. He has, regardless of Faith backgrounds, he has used his Administration in upholding what the Founders wanted – Freedom from Government interfering with our Rights. He has spoken publicly about Faith and that he will defend Americans in practicing their faith. Frankly, I was a little hesitant during the 2016 campaign; now, I’m not.
He may well be or not be a person of Faith – it doesn’t matter. The ONLY thing that matters to me is that he is DEFENDING my practice of my Faith. For that I am thankful and for that (along with a lot of other reasons), I will be voting him in November. I’m not a Trumpist (just like I’m not a Republican’s Republican for the sake of the Republican Party) – but he’s following the Constitution when protecting my Right.
And that IS the number one job of American Government (which, sadly, many have forgotten) – to protect our Rights. Including the one about worship.
UPDATE: on what Communist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has done to the Jews in his city.
- SO IS IT TIME FOR DE BLASIO TO GET THE PUNCH-A-NAZI TREATMENT? De Blasio Orders Gates Welded Shut at Jewish Park While Approving Mass BLM Gatherings.
- Democrat Mayor shows his racism against Jews and bias for Black Live Matters:
Over the weekend, the New York City Parks Department was targeted by hundreds of young Jewish children who gathered in defiance of social-distancing guidelines and called on Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to “end the madness” and “immediately reopen our playgrounds.” They had in mind one park in particular—a commons in Williamsburg, just a few miles from the site of this weekend’s mass gathering at the Brooklyn Museum. But the mayor has insisted that all parks should remain shut out of “an abundance of caution,” as though that caution hadn’t been entirely dispensed with for the better part of the last three weeks. The city’s response to this demonstration was swift: On Monday morning, Parks Department officials welded the park’s doors shut.
On Sunday, more evidence emerged that a different set of rules applies to New Yorkers who violate public health imperatives but do so in service to causes that resonate with Democratic politicians. The City reporter Greg Smith discovered that the city’s nascent “contact-tracing” program had carved out a special exception for protesters. Dr. Ted Long, the head of New York City’s efforts to track down the individuals with whom a virus-carrier had contact, spent weeks urging anyone who was part of the protest-related crowds to get tested. But Smith discovered that the city’s tracing regime has all but gone out of its way to avoid the investigatory work that would make such a program effective. “No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” said Blasio’s spokesperson Avery Cohen. In sum, contract tracers won’t be doing much contact tracing if it might lead investigators back to these previous weeks of state-endorsed protests. Perhaps the city does not want to discourage stricken protesters from participating in the city’s tracing regime. Or maybe they want to avoid an ugly headline if the city’s hospitals begin filling up again.
…After months of targeted harassment of the Jewish population by the anti-Semitic mayor of the city, he’s finally receiving some push back. Today, Orthodox Jews took bolt cutters to the locks put on the parks, allowing their kids to go play as they should have been allowed to all along.
Based Orthodox Jews reject de Blasio's hypocritical orders to close the park (for social distancing) and cut the locks so their kids can play. pic.twitter.com/msAafBjqY6
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 15, 2020
This bears reading – I’ve watched the anti-Semitism rise up for years in Europe (you know, where they used to believe in “Never Again”)
..I’ve yet to hear any left-winger articulate a viable excuse for de Blasio’s actions. That leaves the only answer being that he’s just anti-Semitic. Why else allow these black lives matter protests, including one centering on transgenders yesterday, while at the same time pretending that Jewish kids playing is dangerous?
But many of us warned the precedents being set by the original lock downs were dangerous. You had liberals one inch of power and they will take a mile. None of them care about equality under the law. They only care about their political wants. Yes, the courts could eventually strike what de Blasio is doing down, but it’s an uphill slog. You need to gain standing, then it’s months of litigation to wade through. The right answer was never anointing politicians to make these decisions in the first place. Far too many were short-sighted in their initial support.
We’ll see what de Blasio does now. I hope these Jewish communities hold the line though. It’s long past time they stop getting walked over by bigoted figures like the mayor of New York.