The difference between the Obama and Trump administrations in acknowledging God in America has been stark.
Obama, in eight Thanksgiving Day proclamations, referenced God a total of only five times, outside of quotes, while Trump’s first proclamation alone cited God six times.
Trump began with: “On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings.”
He also quoted Washington and Lincoln, both of whom directed thanks to God in their proclamations.
By contrast, Obama insisted the American tradition that began with the Pilgrims of Plymouth was a harvest festival to thank the native American Wampanoag tribe.
The activist group Gun Owners of America corrected the Obama White House’s rendering of the Second Amendment. The White House website stated, “The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.” But GOA pointed the amendment does not “give” citizens any rights. As the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, it “codified a pre-existing right” that was “granted us by our Creator, as described in the nation’s charter, the Declaration of Independence.”
Obama was asked members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus to correct a speech he gave in Indonesia in which he said the the nation’s motto is “E pluribus unum,” not “In God We Trust.”
WND columnist Chuck Norris noted Obama omitted “Creator” seven times in just a few months:
- Oct. 21, 2010, at a rally for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in Seattle: “None of us would be here if it weren’t for that extraordinary leap of faith that had been taken. Thirteen colonies deciding to start a revolution based on an idea that had never been tried before – a government of and by and for the people. A government based on the simple proposition that all men are created equal. That we’re endowed with certain inalienable rights.”
- Oct. 18, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Maryland: “It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'”
- Oct. 17, 2010, at a reception for Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio: “The idea of America has never been easy. The notion of 13 colonies coming together and overthrowing the greatest empire in the world, and then drafting a document that says, we find these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights – that’s hard.”
- Sept. 22, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York City: “And what was sustaining us was that sense that – that North Star, that sense that, you know what, if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class.”
- Sept. 15, 2010, at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd annual awards gala in Washington: “But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together – what made us all Americans – was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- Sept. 11, 2010, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia: “For our cause is just. Our spirit is strong. Our resolve is unwavering. Like generations before us, let us come together today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- Sept. 10, 2010, at the president’s press conference at the White House: “With respect to the mosque in New York, I think I’ve been pretty clear on my position here, and that is, is that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal; that they have certain inalienable rights – one of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely.”
This week, President Trump addressed the National Prayer Breakfast, and he mentioned God 20 times.
He also mentioned Jesus twice, Creator twice, the Lord four times, the Bible once and the book of Matthew once.
See his address:
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