GRADING THE PRESIDENCY: Year Two

In my “Year One” article, I graded President Donald J. Trump each month on how faithfully he was keeping his “Campaign Promises” which he had made to Holy Bible believers. I focused on what I believe are his 7 most important promises. In Year Two, I will grade him by the same criteria. The seven pledges which he will again be graded on for either keeping or breaking are –

* Move Israel’s U.S. Embassy to their Capital, JERUSALEM

* Appoint Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage and Roe V. Wade

* Defend the “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians

* DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT

* Tear up the extremely BAD DEAL With Iran

* Halt Islamic Immigration from ALL Nations that breed Islamic Terrorism

* “Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS

The President’s monthly grades are dependent on his action or inaction concerning these 7 promises. Thanks be to God that President Trump ended 2017 with his BEST grade of the year, but he had still only earned a C+ for the past year overall. That was primarily because of 11 straight months of poor grades concerning his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to their God-given Eternal Capital of JERUSALEM.

For the majority of 2017, I consistently gave the President an “F” grade in regard to the promise. I was sadly becoming resigned to the belief that he was reneging on the Campaign pledge. Yet, thanks to much prayer by believers across this Country, on December 6th, the POTUS finally made good on his most important promise!

In a televised speech to the nation and world, Trump publicly recognized the Holy City JERUSALEM for what it is – the Eternal God-given Capital of Israel. He then announced that he would be keeping his promise to move the U.S. Embassy there. HalleluYah! Let us pray that the extremely positive ending to 2017 will carry over into this year and the rest of Donald Trump’s Presidency.

If you read my many past articles about President Trump, you will find I was very critical of him from the start, but I never hated him or held a personal bias against him. I only wanted him to do well, and that is why when he did something wrong I criticized him for it. After his Jerusalem announcement, I will admit that I now support the President more than I oppose him.

Lord willing he will continue to give me reasons to do so in the future. Still, Biblical Signs ITH is not a politically-biased website. I hold all politicians accountable, regardless of political party or affiliation. If they do wrong according to God’s Word, then I will call them on it. I did so with Barack Hussein Obama for 8 long years. My motto has always been that my only bias is BIBLICAL, and that will never change.

I believe that my previous Grading the Presidency article proved that I will criticize the President when he is in error, but will also give him credit where credit is due. Hopefully, I will be giving a lot more credit and a lot less criticism in 2018. He definitely ended the past year strong, and I hope and pray that will carry over into this year.

Please join me in praying that 2018 will be the year that Trump makes good on his other promises, especially DEFUNDING Planned Parenthood, OVERTURNING Gay Marriage and Roe V. Wade, and tearing up the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal. As of the publication of this article, January is pretty much in the books. So, I begin Year Two of “Grading the Presidency”:

2018

JANUARY

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: Continuing to give heed to the Holy Spirit of God and Godly advisers, regarding Israel, President Trump will transfer the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2019. This was announced by Vice President Mike Pence in a speech to the Israeli Parliament. He said, “In the weeks ahead our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year.”

In a statement by the President himself on the matter, deserving of applause, Trump said “We took Jerusalem OFF THE TABLE so we don’t have to talk about it anymore in any future Peace negotiations.” In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanYahu in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said “What I did with Jerusalem was my honor.” AMEN! Thank you mr. President. The only reason that the President does not garner an A+ for this promise is because I will give that grade when the Embassy is officially in Jerusalem next year.

GRADE – A

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: While the SCOTUS was quiet in January, with no significant rulings regarding Religious Freedom of believers, the Masterpiece CakeShop Case decision could be coming soon. Lord willing, Gorsuch will side with Christian baker, Jack Phillips, and thus prove that Trump kept another promise.

In the meantime, Newsweek reported this month that the past year was probably the most consequential in modern history for the appointment of Conservative judges to the federal courts by President Trump. A historic number of judges appointed will shape the law for two generations. Though I’m not quite sure as to whether or not Gorsuch will be the Conservative Judge that Christians were hoping for when electing Trump, the President will get a good grade this month for his efforts to keep this promise thusfar.

GRADE – B

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: This month, the Trump administration announced a new Federal Office to protect faith-based medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide, or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

The “Religious and Conscience Division” will be part of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights, which enforces federal anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Also, on “Religious Freedom Day”, President Trump said in a proclamation that “Government shouldn’t force Americans to choose between the tenets of their faith and adherence to the law, whether they are a nun, nurse, baker or business owner.”

“Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification. These incursions, little by little, can destroy the fundamental freedom underlying our democracy,” the President said.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: President Trump has not yet defunded the abortion giant, nor made the Hyde Amendment permanent. In his defense, he cannot do it on his own to my knowledge. I believe that he needs the Congress to approve such measures.

The Republican majority House and Senate have yet to make good on these promises which they have been making FOR YEARS, and which they now finally have the power to deliver on. Let’s pray that they get off their butts and do their job before the 2018 midterms, when they could possibly lose their opportunity to keep these promises made by the President.

There was some good news this month though, regarding defunding Planned Parenthood. The Trump administration announced that they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that sought to discourage states from attempting to defund organizations that provide abortion services, specifically Planned Parenthood.

In another piece of encouraging news, concerning the President’s strong “Pro-Life” stance, Trump became the first sitting President to address the “March For Life” this month. The annual event, held since 1974 in Washington, protests the abominable 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision.

GRADE – B-

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: This month, the President warned that he would not waive US sanctions on Iran again unless the Nuclear Deal was “fixed”. Trump, in a White House statement, announced that he would waive US-nuclear related sanctions on Iran one last time.

He then delivered an ultimatum to the U.S. Congress and the Europeans to either address flaws in the accord, and toughen policies on Iran, or he would EXIT the Deal. The President said, “If other nations fail to act during this time, I will TERMINATE our Deal with Iran.” Lord willing mr. President! TEAR IT UP.

GRADE – C

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a challenge to the third version of Trump’s Travel Ban. A watered-down version of the Ban went into effect in June, but expired in October. In a great piece of news, President Trump dropped the refugee admissions quota from 110,000 to 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year, an all-time low for the United States’ refugee resettlement program.

In a statement, “World Relief” Refugee Agency said that “less than 30,000 refugees had been admitted to the United States in 2017, compared to over 99,000 in 2016.” About 80% fewer Islamic refugees were admitted than under Barack Obama. I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot safer in this nation under President Trump than I ever did under Barack Hussein.

GRADE – A

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: One thing’s for sure, that the President kept his promise to “bomb the hell out of” ISIS in 2017. While the Islamic terror group has not yet been destroyed, it was announced this month that U.S.-backed coalition forces in Iraq and Syria have won back almost 100% of territories once occupied by the ISIS.

I, for one, haven’t heard about ISIS in the news as much as I did under the previous president, so I don’t think anyone can argue that what Trump is doing isn’t working. He can’t get an A+ until ISIS is destroyed, but he definitely earns an A for this promise.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – B+

FEBRUARY

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: This month, the Trump administration announced that the President would move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May of THIS YEAR. HalleluYah. The most important and significant takeaway from this news is that May is the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s rebirth as a Nation in 1948. The State Department announced that Trump wanted to officially move the Embassy in the week of, or directly on the day of May 14th to coincide with Israel’s Anniversary.

This would be not just a symbolic act, but a public blessing to Israel for the entire world to witness. I believe that it would thus bring America a great public blessing by God Almighty for the entire world to see. For the LORD has said, “I will bless those who bless Israel” (Genesis 12:3 & Numbers 24:9), and “as the nations do UNTO Israel, the same shall be done unto the nations” (Obadiah 1:15).

The Embassy will first be set up in an existing US facility in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona that “will contain office space for the Ambassador and a small staff,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. The facility will function as the official Embassy while plans to secure a permanent location, and design a building, are drawn up.

“By the end of next year, we intend to open a new Embassy Jerusalem annex on the Arnona compound that will provide the Ambassador and his team with expanded interim office space,” Nauert said. “In parallel, we have started the search for a site for our permanent Embassy to Israel, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the announcement, saying it would, “turn Israel’s 70th Independence Day into an even greater national celebration.” Amen.

As I’ve said the past few months, the only reason that the President will not garner an A+ for this promise at this time is because I will give that grade when the Embassy is officially in Jerusalem. So, if all continues as planned, the month of May will bring President Trump the best grade that he has received to date. Let’s pray that he keeps his word, because I’m looking forward to finally giving him an A+!

GRADE – A

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: There have been no significant rulings made by the SCOTUS in February. Thus, the January grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – B

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: It was announced this month that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is installing Religious Freedom czars in every U.S. Attorney’s office. Sessions, under the guidance of the Trump administration, made significant changes to the policy manuals for U.S. Attorneys’ offices and Department of Justice litigation offices.

The most important policy change requires that all U.S. Attorneys’ offices and DOJ litigation offices appoint a staff member to “monitor” any litigation involving “Religious Freedom issues”. These czars would report directly to the Associate Attorney General, Rachel Brand, before taking ANY action concerning “Religious Freedom”. The new policy guideline reads –

(1-15.100 – Background)

To the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, Department components and United States Attorneys’ Offices must reasonably accommodate Religious observance and practice in all activities, including litigation. See 82 Fed Reg. 49668. As set forth below, the Office of the Associate Attorney General has supervisory responsibility for overseeing the Department’s respect for Religious Liberty in litigation.

Amen and amen. While Barack Hussein Obama was putting in place czars, officials, and laws to persecute Christians, the sitting President is doing the exact opposite. Thank you President Trump.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: In the first negative piece of news this month, despite promising to defund Planned Parenthood’s abortion wing from day one, President Trump signed a budget this month which fully funds Planned Parenthood. It is also important to note, that the budget which he signed was passed by the Republican-led Congress.

This does not in any way exonerate Trump, but it does implicate the entire Republican Party. The Party, whose elected officials all ran on defunding Planned Parenthood. Not one of them has kept their promise. The Party, not just the President, has failed us. The budget which Trump signed fully funds the nation’s largest abortion provider until late March.

I know that this is a long game and that the President cannot defund Planned Parenthood overnight, but funding it, even for only 2 months, has deadly consequences. Planned Parenthood murders over 300,000 babies every year through abortion. While 2 months of funding the wicked organization may not seem like too big of a deal to the casual observer, 50,000 babies will lose their lives.

This is one issue that Republicans cannot continue to cave on when it comes time to make budget deals with the Dems. Every time the President and the GOP give an inch and fund Planned Parenthood, for even one day, lives are lost. I understand that there is a tremendous amount of pressure put on Republicans to get deals done to avoid government shutdowns, but when innocent lives are at stake there should be NO compromise. Not an inch should be given.

GRADE – F

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: It was announced by Vice President Mike Pence this month that the Trump administration will not certify the Iran nuclear deal. “The United States will no longer tolerate Iran’s destabilizing activities across the region, and this country will no longer certify the disastrous Iran nuclear deal,” Pence said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

In January, President Trump renewed waivers on nuclear-related sanctions for 120 days, but warned Congress and America’s European allies that they need to fix the nuclear deal or else the President would withdraw from it. The deadline for Congress and the Europeans to act is May 11th. I’m hopeful that eventually the President will keep his word to tear up the horrible deal with the devil, but in the meantime I have to acknowledge the facts on the ground. The saddest fact is that the Iran Deal is still in place as we speak, which leads to a low grade for February.

GRADE – C

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: I could not find any major news concerning Islamic immigration or Trump’s Travel Ban this month, and there have not been any deadly Islamic terror attacks in the U.S. in 2018. Thus, the President’s high mark for this promise remains in place.

GRADE – A

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: Last month, I documented the huge success thus far of Trump’s strategy to defeat ISIS. The terror group is most certainly on defense, and Lord willing it will remain that way until they are completely destroyed. So far so good.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – B+

MARCH

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: The President will not yet garner an A+ for this promise because I’m waiting to give the perfect grade when the Embassy is officially opened in Jerusalem. If all continues as planned, that historic day will be May 14th, the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s rebirth.

GRADE – A

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: There have been no significant rulings made by the SCOTUS in February. Thus, the February grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – B

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: This month, President Trump finally fired his pro-LGBT and anti-Israel Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Even better than the news of Tillerson leaving, was the announcement of who his replacement would be. Trump has promoted the CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, to the consequential government position. As a member of Congress, Pompeo was always an outspoken Christian.

In one courageous speech, Pompeo said that “America worships other gods and calls it multiculturalism and endorses perversion calling it an ‘alternative’ lifestyle.” AMEN. He hit the nail on the head, and it is a breath of fresh air that someone who thinks like a true Biblical believer is the 5th most powerful man in our U.S. government.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: In the wee hours of March 23rd, the Republican-led U.S. Congress and President passed a $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 Omnibus Bill to avert a government shutdown. In the horrendous piece of legislation, Planned Parenthood will receive another $500+ million from the federal government in 2018.

The Republicans, including President Trump who signed the bill, have long ran on defunding the abortion giant. Yet, since being in office, they have continued to fund the demonic baby-murderers IN FULL. Some have called the Omnibus Bill “kicking the can down the road”, never realizing that innocent babies are being “murdered up and down that road”.

The Planned Parenthood issue is one which Trump and Republicans cannot continue to cave on when it comes time to make deals with the Dems. Every time that Trump and Congressional Republicans give an inch and fund Planned Parenthood, even for one day, INNOCENT LIVES ARE LOST. The entire Republican Party receives a big fat F- this month.

GRADE – F-

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: Many analysts believe that one of the main reasons why President Trump fired his former Secretary of State, and replaced him with CIA director, Mike Pompeo, was because of Tillerson’s support of the Iran Nuke Deal. Shortly after ousting Tillerson, Trump told reporters, “When you look at the Iran deal, I think it is terrible. I guess he (Tillerson) thinks it was ok. I either wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit different.” The President is currently waiting for the U.S. Congress and Europe to fix the horrible Deal or else he has vowed to tear it up soon. Lord willing Trump will keep his word.

GRADE – C+

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: I could not find any major news concerning Islamic immigration or Trump’s Travel Ban this month, and there have not been any deadly Islamic terror attacks in the U.S. in 2018. Thus, the President’s high mark for this promise remains in place.

GRADE – A

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: I could not find any significant news regarding updates on the U.S. campaign against ISIS this month, so last month’s grade remains in place.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – B

APRIL

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: The President will finally garner an A+ next month, as the U.S. Embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14th, coinciding with the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s rebirth. Thank you again President Trump.

GRADE – A

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: There were again no significant rulings made by the SCOTUS in April. Thus, the previous grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – B

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: There were updates made this month to the DOJ’s U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Trump Administration has publicly announced a new section to the Manual titled “Respect for Religious Liberty”. The section states that prosecutors should alert senior officials if there are lawsuits filed against the U.S. government “raising any significant question concerning Religious Liberty.”

It also reinforces the “Principles of Religious Liberty” memo which Attorney General Jeff Sessions released in October 2017, per the orders of President Trump in his “Religious Liberty” Executive Order last year. Also in late April, the U.S. Senate confirmed staunch Christian, Mike Pompeo, as the 70th Secretary of State. I applaud the President for appointing him to one of the nation’s most important and powerful positions.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood remains funded by the U.S. government under the Trump Administration. According to a recent report from Axios, President Trump is considering cutting federal funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

He could do so by effectively changing Title X, which provides federal grants to family planning programs. Title X has a budget of $289 million and provides funding for approximately 500 Planned Parenthood clinics. Planned Parenthood is reportedly outraged by the news. Lord willing this is much more than just a rumour floated by Axios.

GRADE – C+

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: This month, President Trump echoed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent warnings to the global community about Iran’s nuclear activities and ambitions. It has also been widely reported that President Trump has decided to finally withdraw from Obama’s 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal by May 12th. Unfortunately, he has not withdrawn from the deal yet. Still, I really like what I’m hearing on the matter.

GRADE – B-

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: I could not find any major news concerning Islamic immigration or Trump’s Travel Ban this month, thus the President’s previous grade remains in place.

GRADE – A

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: Trump has said that ISIS in Syria is “decimated”, and that the Islamic terror group has lost nearly all of the land that it once controlled. Yet, U.S. military officials are saying that ISIS has recently returned to some of their previously lost areas of land. There is just not enough solid information this month favoring either opinion, and thus I’m leaving the President’s grade from March unchanged.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – B+

MAY

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: Promise KEPT. Thank you President Trump!

GRADE – A+

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: This month, the SCOTUS finally ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Court ruled that Christian baker, Jack Phillips, encountered “a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection” to making a cake for a Gay Marriage.

The ruling was 7-2 in favor of Phillips. HalleluYah! A victory for Religious Freedom, and thanks be to God, Gorsuch voted on the right side of this case. So Trump gets a great grade this month, regarding His Supreme Court appointment. Keep it up Gorsuch!

GRADE – A

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: This month, President Trump appointed Family Research Council president, Tony Perkins, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The FRC, which Perkins heads, is a great organization, and kudos to the President for the appointment of Perkins. He is a staunch defender of the Faith, and will be great in his new Government role.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: The Trump administration has announced that it plans a reinstatement of Reagan administration regulations that restrict the use of federal family planning dollars by organizations that provide abortion, such as Planned Parenthood. This could mean losses of millions of dollars in funding for the abortion giant. Praise the Lord.

“Title X” states that none of its funds “shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” While this move doesn’t completely defund Planned Parenthood as Trump promised, it is definitely a move in the right direction!

GRADE – B

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: Early in May, President Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the United States from the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA). Most of us know this agreement of world powers by another name – the IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Trump finally did it! He pulled out of it. Promise KEPT. HalleluYah. Thank you President Trump!

GRADE – A+

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: There was no news that I could find this month, either positive or negative, concerning Trump and Islamic Immigration. Therefore, last month’s grade remains the same.

GRADE – A

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: I could not find any meaningful headlines this month regarding ISIS, and that is a great thing for the President. The fact that they are not making much noise means that they are on the defense. Which is exactly where we want to keep them until they are destroyed. Last month’s grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – A

JUNE

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: Promise KEPT. Thank you President Trump!

GRADE – A+

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: I mentioned the crucial Masterpiece Cakeshop case, involving the Christian baker who refused to participate in a Gay Wedding, in last month’s Grades. That is because I released the grades a little later than usual. Thank God that Trump’s pick took the right side in that case, in what is a good sign of how he will rule for Religious liberty in the future.

Also, in another Case decided this month, Gorsuch ruled in the favor of Pro-Life Pregnancy centers. A California State Law was forcing them to provide information to patients about the option of abortion. Hopefully, if Gay Marriage or Roe V. Wade came up for reconsideration in the future, Gorsuch would rule on the right side in both cases as well. Lord willing. Last month’s Grade remains the same.

GRADE – A

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: I could not find any significant news regarding Trump and our Religious Liberty – either positive or negative – for the month of June. Therefore, his May grade remains in place.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: Planned Parenthood is unfortunately still not defunded, but in a good piece of news this month, it was reported that PP is suing the Trump Administration over its abstinence-only approach to sex education. When you’re getting sued by Planned Parenthood, you’re doing something right Mr. President! Amen. Bill to make Hyde Amendment Permanent is still wasting away in Congress. Republicans need to get off their butts and put it up for a vote before the midterms!

GRADE – C+

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: Promise kept. Thank you President Trump.

GRADE – A+

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the President’s revised Travel Ban this month, which prevents Islamists from entering our Country from nations which breed terrorism. Unfortunately, it was the third version of the Ban, and very watered-down. Nonetheless, it does protect our nation from infiltration by the worst of the worst. Yet, there are many more Islamic nations which should be included in the Ban.

GRADE – B+

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: I did not hear anything about ISIS in the news this month, and that is a good thing. It means that the President has them on the ropes, and Lord willing it will remain that way until they are destroyed once and for all.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – B+

JULY

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: Promise KEPT. Thank you President Trump!

GRADE – A+

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: Thus far, Judge Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment has fallen on the right side of Religious Liberty and Pro-Life cases, but he has not been tested (to my knowledge) on cases relevant to where he would stand on overturning Gay Marriage.

This month, Trump nominated his second appointment to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. I don’t know a whole lot about Kavanaugh as of yet, but I will share what I could find concerning his views on Religious Liberty issues and on whether or not he would be a justice who would overturn the two most abominable Court rulings of our generation.

He is replacing the liberal-leaning justice, Anthony Kennedy. So, hopefully, he will not be in the mold of Kennedy, but truly a Conservative justice (as Trump had promised to appoint). In his nomination acceptance, he appeared to signal that he would rule as a “moderate,” as he highlighted his friendships with left-leaning judges. This is not a good sign.

Perhaps, he was doing so as a political move to allay the fears of the Left that he would guarantee a solid conservative Supreme Court for decades to come. Lord willing that was his thinking. Some of his conservative admirers, say that Kavanaugh (who is Catholic) is a “warrior of religious liberty.” Lord willing they will be proven correct.

Looking at his past opinions on significant cases, important in determining his future stances on case important to Christians, it is hard to put a finger on how Kavanaugh will rule. On a positive note, he argued against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate which required religious employers to cover an employee’s contraception. In a 2010 case, he rejected a challenge brought by an atheist to the tradition of having prayers at the presidential inauguration, and the line “so help me God” in the presidential oath.

On the flipside, Kavanaugh has been criticized for his opinion in the 2014 “Hobby Lobby” case. Also, the traditional values Christian organization, American Family Association, had formally opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Court. The organization issued a statement, saying that “Judge Kavanaugh’s reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern.”

Until Kavanaugh actually rules or offers any opinions on cases, it is impossible to accurately grade Trump on this promise at this time. Thus, this month’s grade will be an “Incomplete.”

GRADE – INCOMPLETE

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: In the final week of July, President Trump’s Department of Justice announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force.” There hasn’t been many details given yet about exactly what the Task Force will do, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear that attacks on Religious Freedom needed to come to an end.

I assume, given his and President Trump’s previous statements, that this means protections for Christians who are being forced to violate their conscience in matters concerning LGBT “rights” or abortion. Kudos to Trump and the DOJ for making it clear that a top priority of the administration is to protect us believers from government persecution, like we faced under the previous administration.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: In a rare occurrence in this nation, a federal judge sided with the Trump administration over Planned Parenthood in the final week of July, dismissing the lawsuit brought by the abortion-giant against the administration’s guidelines for Title X funding. This is a huge chunk of funding for Planned Parenthood, which I have written in detail about in previous months of this article.

While unfortunately, the nation’s leading-killer of babies has not yet been defunded and the Hyde Amendment has still not been made permanent, I hold hope that Trump will follow through on this promise before the 2020 Election. If he doesn’t, he will lose a large number of his base in his Re-election bid, which are mainly Pro-Lifers like me. Last month’s Grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – C+

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: Promise kept! Thank you President Trump.

GRADE – A+

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: There was not much news concerning this Trump promise this month, so last month’s Grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – B+

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: Not much news on the subject of ISIS this month, that I could find, and so Trump’s previous Grade remains the same.

GRADE – A

MONTHLY GRADE – A- (6 out of 7 Grades)

AUGUST

Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to JERUSALEM: Promise KEPT. Thank you President Trump!

GRADE – A+

Appoint “Conservative” Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Gay Marriage & Roe V. Wade: Until the President’s new Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, actually rules or offers any opinions on cases, it is impossible to accurately grade Trump on this promise at this time. Thus, this month’s grade will remain an “INCOMPLETE.”

GRADE – I

Defend “Religious Freedom” and Conscience of Christians: This month, the Trump administration issued a directive safeguarding the constitutional rights of Faith-based federal contractors who would opt to decline certain services to the LGBT community based on their sincerely held Biblical beliefs about homosexuality, same-sex marriage and other LGBT practices.

The directive was issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) , which has made clear that contractors will no longer be targeted or punished (as they were under the Obama administration) for adhering to their beliefs when it comes to servicing the LGBT community. Thank you President Trump.

GRADE – A

DEFUND Abortion Wing of Planned Parenthood/Make Hyde Amendment PERMANENT: In August, the Trump administration shortened the funding period for grants awarded to organizations providing birth control and STD testing through March 2019. The previous funding lasted for 3-year periods.

“The Hill” reports that “the change suggests the administration might be planning to wrap up a proposed regulation that would revise the requirements for receiving Title X funding, a move that some critics say is aimed at excluding Planned Parenthood.”

This is another good step towards defunding the abortion-wing of Planned Parenthood, but as always – I believe Planned Parenthood should be defunded completely by the federal government. The Republican-controlled House and Senate are still not lifting a finger to do so, nor to make permanent the Hyde Amendment.

So, the President will get a B- this month for putting a dent in PP funding, but the Republican Congress continue to get a big fat “F” from me. Get off your butts and do your jobs RINOS!

GRADE – B-

Tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal: Promise kept! Thank you President Trump.

GRADE – A+

Halt Islamic Immigration from Nations breeding Islamic Terrorism: There was not much news concerning this Trump promise this month, so last month’s Grade remains unchanged.

GRADE – B+

“Bomb the hell out of” and DESTROY ISIS: A Pentagon spokesperson said, in August, that “ISIS is well-positioned to rebuild and work on enabling its physical caliphate to re-emerge.” Also, the U.S. Military recently said that ISIS still has about 30,000 active terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Unfortunately, they are far from destroyed as we have previously thought. We may be “bombing the hell out of them,” but it appears that many members of ISIS are simply eluding the bombs. The President may have to develop a new strategy to completely destroy the Islamic terror group.

GRADE – C

MONTHLY GRADE – B+ (6 out of 7 Grades)

SEPTEMBER

NOTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE HAPPENED THIS MONTH TO AFFECT THE PRESIDENT’S GRADES, AND THUS LAST MONTH’S GRADES REMAIN THE SAME.

MONTHLY GRADE – B+

OVERALL GRADE – B+

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving, be made for kings and for all those in authority; that we may live quiet and peaceful lives in all Godliness and honesty.” ~ 1st Timothy 2:1-2

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