A president can be an ardent defender of non secular freedom with out being overtly religious himself. However that did not cease CNN from branding President Trump a hypocrite for having not attended church this weekend whereas having just lately promoted the re-opening of homes of worship.
This is how New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota teed up CNN senior political analyst John Avlon this morning:
“Over the previous week [Trump’s] been very excited by church buildings. Very excited by church buildings reopening . . . However then yesterday he didn’t go to church. He performed golf. So how will we course of that?”
Avlon was solely too pleased to play alongside:
“Simply extra of the do as I say, not as I do presidency. It reveals how he makes use of — he’s keen to make use of faith as a political weapon however not stroll the stroll.”
Unsuitable! The First Modification forbids Congress from making legal guidelines “prohibiting the free train” of faith. And it was in that spirit that President Trump deemed homes of worship important, thus qualifying them to reopen. However it really would fly within the face of the First Modification for a president to instruct, not to mention order, residents to attend church. And President Trump didn’t achieve this.
The free train of faith additionally implies the best not to observe one. And so, opposite to Avlon’s declare, there was no “stroll to stroll.” There was nothing hypocritical about President Trump selecting to not attend church over the weekend. For CNN to counsel in any other case displays a misunderstanding of the Structure, and represents an inappropriate meddling within the private life and religion of a president.
Observe: On Saturday, we noted one other occasion of the liberal media’s misunderstanding of non secular freedom in America. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi made the weird suggestion that President Trump’s deeming homes of worship to be important might represent a violation of “church and state.” Nowhere, in fact, are the phrases “church and state” to be discovered within the First Modification. However past that, by deeming all homes of worship to be important, explicitly mentioning church buildings, synagogues and mosques, President Trump was doing exactly the reverse of that which the First Modification forbids: establishing an official state faith.
CNN would presumably favor ostentatious presidential shows of religiosity, as within the religious Invoice Clinton carrying his Bible into church.
This is the transcript.
6:22 am EDT
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Becoming a member of us now’s CNN senior political analyst John Avlon. John, nice to see you. There are a number of attention-grabbing issues in regards to the president selecting to play golf yesterday. And one is, that over the previous week, he’s been very excited by church buildings. He is been very excited by church buildings reopening. He’s inspired them to take action, even in opposition to the recommendation of medical specialists. However then, yesterday, he didn’t go to church. He performed golf. So, how will we course of that?
JOHN AVLON: Nicely, it is simply extra of the do as I say, not as I do presidency. However I feel it reveals how he makes use of — he’s keen to make use of faith as a political weapon, however not stroll the stroll. And I feel that is as a result of And that is as a result of he’s by no means notably been an individual of religion, regardless that he is very talked-about amongst evangelicals.