Perkins: Trump’s faith initiative ‘a new day in America’
Earlier today, the president signed an executive order establishing a “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.” Upon signing it, he explained it “will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities, and our great country.”
According to President Trump, this office will also help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding, and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs. “We take this step because we know that in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government – and nothing is more powerful than God,” he added
Responding to the announcement on The Todd Starnes Show, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said this is something Americans have never seen before.
“Some are saying he’s renaming Barack Obama’s community organizing office that he took from President Bush and the faith-based initiative – no, it’s bigger that, and the evidence is in what we’ve seen thus far,” Perkins added. In fact, Section 4 of the executive order specifically revokes those two presidents’ related EOs.
“I’m part of the faith initiative advisors to the president,” Perkins continued. “You’re going to see this office looking at issues – real issues like prison reform issues, poverty issues, how people of faith can serve in the community … without having to check their faith at the door.”
Perkins went on to say that policies will be reviewed in that light, and no longer will be the government be weaponized against people of faith.
“This is truly a new day in America,” Perkins concluded.