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Niche Marketing Is Illegal If You're Christian

Niche Marketing Is Illegal If You're Christian
President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 02 February 2019 01:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

There was an event in January that was so newsworthy and remarkable that Katie Anderson of the Washington Examiner used it to set the tone for an entire story. She wrote, “the praise for President Trump came pouring in, which was a rare thing in these days of shutdowns, caves, and FBI raids.”

The Washington Examiner is not a member of the herd-like Opposition Media, so Trump didn’t cause the praise by resigning from office. Instead he listened to the plight of citizen children — which is rare enough in itself — and struck down a Dept. of Health and Human Services regulation that targeted Miracle Hill Ministries.

On the website Miracle Hill explains its mission: “Miracle Hill has made it our mission to find Christian foster parents. …Since 1988, Miracle Hill has been recruiting Christian foster families — both single and married — and providing them with vital support throughout the licensing process, placements and beyond.”

In today’s secular America homosexuals can offer services exclusive to homosexuals. Blacks can schedule events that invite only blacks. And mosques can ban women from the main service on Friday. But God help the Christian organization that limits its outreach to Christians.

The Obama HHS had mandated that religious organizations could not limit their services to co-religionists. Under the tolerant boot of Obama, Christian foster programs had to welcome pagans, atheists, and even satan-worshipers. The specific instance that snared Miracle Hill Ministries was a Jewish couple that demanded to be included among all the goyim.

We will let you determine for yourself why a Jewish couple would specifically demand a Christian organization violate its own principles to accommodate them, when South Carolina has plenty of government and non-profit foster programs that take all comers.

The result was the Obama regime accused people who want to help orphans and parentless children of “discrimination.”

What President Trump did to earn that fulsome praise was grant Miracle Hill Ministries an exemption. “Trump didn't abolish the rule Obama made. He just carved a hole in it. Granting an exemption to a regulation is much easier than repealing a regulation.”

And therein lies the problem. If Trump had wanted to make a lasting change and strike a blow for the religious freedom supposedly guaranteed in the Constitution, his administration would have repealed the regulation and not just given it a light trim. Unfortunately repeal requires a lot of focus and heavy-lifting to accomplish, which has not been a feature of this administration.

And as Anderson points out, Trump’s method is more vulnerable to challenge and reversal in court. And that’s not the worst of it. The next leftist administration could simply erase the exemption which punishes Miracle Hill and the children.

The situation brings to mind a quote from the always useful William Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” Only in this case Trump’s good will be buried somewhere in the files.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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