What Sparks Revival? Not Politics from the Pulpit.

As a former pastor and student of church history, I took issue with a few aspects of Dr. Carolyn McLarty’s article on Tuesday about President Trump’s executive order promoting religious liberty. First, as I wrote at Caffeinated Thoughts, the executive order does not accomplish anything except set a positive tone throughout the administration. I acknowledge and welcome that. But let’s be clear here: it does nothing else. Second, nothing that comes out of Washington, D.C., will spark a revival. Dr. McLarty wrote that Trump’s executive order “could very well be the spark that will light a fire of revival across

How Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Could Spark a Fire of Revival

Much has been written about President Trump’s Executive Order negating the Johnson Amendment from an inside-the-beltway point of view. From the grassroots view, there is a different perspective — and it is one of encouragement! President Trump is a bold leader, who appears to be firmly set on fulfilling his campaign promises. Thursday, May 4th, was the 66th National Day of Prayer. In celebration of it, President Trump signed an Executive Order negating the Johnson Amendment, a law in the U.S. tax code prohibiting all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. According to the law, these organizations “are

What Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Does — And What It Doesn’t Do

This piece was co-authored by Emmett McGroarty, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. Several months ago, to the jubilation of conservatives and the dismay of leftists, the press reported on the draft of a strong executive order on religious liberty that President Trump was rumored to be considering. The draft was quickly withdrawn. Yesterday — the National Day of Prayer — the President signed a different executive order that will supposedly address threats to religious freedom. But the replacement order has been so watered down from its predecessor that people of faith have little reason to celebrate. The

WATCH: Trump Talks Religious Liberty — And Meets a Surprise Guest

Speaking on Monday at an event hosted by the Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump fielded a question from a retired chaplain asking what he would do as president to halt the ongoing erosion of military members’ religious liberty. During his answer, Trump began to address the case of a Washington state high school football coach who was fired after leading pre-game prayers with his team, when — lo and behold — he discovered that the coach, Joe Kennedy, was also in attendance at the event. After hearing the full story of Kennedy’s firing (which he called “outrageous”), Trump proceeded

“Connecticut Avenue” Is Back: Second Episode of The Pulse’s New Podcast

Last week we launched Connecticut Avenue, the official podcast of The Pulse 2016. Today’s episode, our second, is hosted by Jon Schweppe, contributing editor to The Pulse 2016, and Kevin Dawson, a frequent contributor to The Pulse 2016. Schweppe and Dawson touched on a number of topics today, including last week’s debate between Trump and Clinton (0:00), tonight’s VP debate between Pence and Kaine (6:00), Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary (7:30), the Hyde Amendment (12:00), Illinois’s anti-life, anti-religious freedom law (16:15), and Trump’s proposal to repeal the Johnson Amendment (23:30). Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Trump Wants Pastors to Speak Out on Politics… But Can They?

Last June, I attended Donald Trump’s “secret meeting” with social conservatives in New York City. I was impressed then, and I continue to remain impressed with his commitment to the most important issues facing our country. Unlike many Republican candidates who simply check the boxes when talking to social conservatives — yes, I’m pro-life; yes, I support religious liberty — Trump got creative and offered the out-of-the-box idea of repealing the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a move few in the religious liberty movement had been actively pursuing. The Johnson Amendment was introduced by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954 and passed

Are Donald Trump and Republicans Getting Serious About Religious Liberty?

Since beginning his 2016 presidential run last year, Donald Trump has not always appeared to have the strongest grasp on the issue of religious liberty. However, if his recent actions are any indication, that may be quickly changing. Most noteworthy was a statement Trump released last week vowing to defend religious freedom as president and, particularly, to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), backing up a pledge he made last December in a letter to the American Principles Project: Religious liberty is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. It is our first liberty and provides the most

Pence in Iowa: “Donald Trump Will Advance the Cause of Life”

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Iowa this weekend where he addressed social conservatives at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition dinner. During his remarks, Pence reiterated his full confidence in Donald Trump and made the case for Trump’s candidacy as a response to the increasing threats to Americans’ fundamental liberties: “For the sake of the sanctity of life and all of our God-given liberties, Iowa let’s ensure that the next president making appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States of America is president Donald Trump,” Pence said to a standing ovation. “In these challenging times, Donald