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Trump vows to end ‘leftist’ attacks on Christian Values

President Donald Trump has vowed to end leftist attacks on Christian values that threaten the United States. “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” he said, at a Values Voters Summit, this week. “In America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

“America is a nation of believers and we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer,” he said, quoting the Founding Fathers and the founding documents of the United States.

“How times have changed, but you know what? They’re changing back again,” he added.

Trump is the first sitting president to address the annual gathering of Christian conservatives, and while he has had trouble enacting some of his campaign promises legislatively so far in his term, he has ticked off many boxes with the evangelical voters who helped propel him to the Oval Office.

“We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities,” Trump said.

Trump got a standing ovation when he talked of appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump noted he signed a religious liberty order on the National Day of Prayer that eased enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which regulated political activity of churches. And he reminded the crowd that last week he also weakened the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which some religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor opposed.

“They were going through hell,” he said.

He also previewed the Christmas season, vowing that he would support the use of the word “Christmas” again. “We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” he vowed.

Trump also referred to the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism” pointing to his success of the fight against ISIS and other ideologies of evil, like Communism in Cuba and socialism in Venezuela.“We will not lift the sanctions on these repressive regimes until they restore political and religious freedom for their people,” Trump said.

The president recalled the stories of heroes in recent tragedies in the United States including “Mattress Mack” in Texas and Brady Cook — police officer in Las Vegas.

He celebrated the religious faith of Americans across the nation, and their efforts to raise strong families.

“We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge,” he said. “We will defend our faith and protect our traditions.”

“In this administration, we will call evil by its name,” Trump said. “We stand with our friends and allies, we forge new partnerships in pursuit of peace and we take decisive action against those who would threaten our people with harm.”

And Trump got cheers when he pledged that, “In protecting America’s interests abroad, we will always support our cherished friend and partner the state of Israel.”

“How times have changed, but you know what? They’re changing back again,” he added.

Sources:  NPR and Breitbart contributed to this report.