FEB 16th 2017 By Deacon Nick Donnelly Catholic Commentary
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Only twenty-eight days since the inauguration of the new president and Christians have plenty of reasons to be thankful for Donald Trump. The President, Vice President and the Republican party are keeping their campaign promises to Catholics and evangelical Christians about pro-life issues, gender ideology, and Obamacare. 

Here are just some of the reasons why Christians can be thankful for President Trump and his administration:

U.S. House of Representatives votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood

Faced with an increasing number of states passing laws to defund the industrial-scale abortion providers Planned Parenthood, ex-President Obama enforced a rule forcing states to give federal funds earmarked for non-abortion family planning services to Planned Parenthood.  U.S. House of Representatives by a large majority, 230 to 188  to Obama's coercive ruling.

The Trump administration announces it will not uphold Obama's transgender school bathrooms mandate

Ex-President Obama issued an edict threatening schools nationwide with the loss of federal funding if they didn't allow pupils "claiming" to be a sex other than their birth sex to use bathrooms, showers, locker rooms and hotel rooms on overnight school trips of their choice. Parents were concerned that the privacy and safety of their children were under threat in US schools.  The Trump administration announced it would not challenge the injunction temporarily blocking the Obama mandate.

President Trump nominates pro-life Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

President Trump personally nominated pro-life Neil Gorsuch to assume pro-life Catholic Justice Scalia's place on the Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch is renowned for his pro-life views and his record of defending religious liberty. A judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Gorsuch ruled in favour of Christians objecting to Obamacare forcing them to provide contraceptives and sterilisation in employee health insurance cover. He sided with Hobby Lobby Stores and with the Little Sisters of the Poor in their legal fight against Obamacare. 

President Trump announces he will "get rid of and totally destroy" restrictions on religious free speech

At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC President Trump affirmed his campaign promise to remove the  Johnson amendment that restricts the free-speech of tax-exempt church and religious groups. The Johnson amendment threatened the removal of churches' tax-exempt status if they expressed themselves in politics. Presiden Trump said:

"Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?' Among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs. That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution—I will do that."

President Trump promises to help Christian refugees excluded by the Obama administration

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network President Trump promised to help Christian refugees excluded by the Obama administration. CBN’s David Brody asked the President, “The refugee changes that you’re looking to make, as it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?” To which President trump replied, 

“Yes.They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible – or at least very, very tough – to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim, you could come in. But if you were Christian, it was almost impossible. And the reason that was so unfair, is that everybody was persecuted in all fairness, they were chopping off the heads of everybody, but more so the Christians. I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”

President Trump has pledged to prioritise help for Syrian Christian refugees, through his executive order banning immigration from seven countries to review vetting procedures imposed an indefinite hold on all Syrian refugees, including Christians and Muslims.

The Trump administration supports the annual March for Life

President Trump and Vice President Pence gave unprecedented support to USA's most important pro-life rally, the annual March for Life held in Washington DC. President Trump tweeted, "The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching --- you have my full support!” Vice President Mike Pence and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway also addressed the hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers. VP Mike Pence was the first sitting incumbent to attend the March for Life. Here's his speech on youtube:

I like to say that over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., we are in the promise-keeping business.

That's why on Monday, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote or perform abortions worldwide.

That's why this administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and of abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to healthcare services for women across America.

And that's why next week, President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia.

You know, life is winning in America. And today is a celebration of that progress that we have made in this cause. You know I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how we care for its most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn. 

We have come to an historic moment in the cause for life. And we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every American. Life is winning in America for many reasons. 

Pro-life President Trump re-instates Reagan's ban on US funding for overseas abortions

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday reinstating President Reagan's 1984 Mexico City policy that bans US federal funding of international family planning charities.  President Obama had rescinded President Reagan's pro-life initiative three days after taking office in 2009. President Trump has re-instated Reagan's Mexico City policy on the first full working day of his presidency. 

President Trump's executive order stipulates that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cannot fund NGOs that engage in a wide range of activities promoting the culture of death, including providing advice, counseling, or information regarding abortion, or lobbying a foreign government to legalize or make abortion available. The Helms Amendment ruling bans the use of U.S. government funds to provide abortion anywhere in the world.

This commentary is the personal opinion of the author, Deacon Nick Donnelly.

Photo shows President Trump, VP Pence, Nominee Neil Gorsuch, family members, Mrs Maureen Scalia and Fr. Paul Scalia, son of Justice Antonin Scalia. They are praying together on the evening of Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.