Trump Announces New Religious Freedom Initiatives. And Evangelical leaders cheer. But let’s be honest. Exactly what do those religious freedom initiatives accomplish? Oh yeah – businesses are going to be involved too. Huh? “Freedom of religion and belief can contribute to a rich pluralism that is itself associated with economic growth.” Again – Huh? And since the announcement was at the United Nations, they chimed in as well. “The UN secretary-general António Guterres, seated to Trump’s right, thanked the President for his focus on religious freedom and praised the recent efforts of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyib, to promote religious peace and fraternity. He announced two new UN initiatives to support religious freedom—a strategy against hate speech and an action plan to protect houses of worship.” One more time – Huh?
I’m sorry but, is that what religion is really about? Pluralism, a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist? Really? Contributing to economic growth? Really? Religious fraternity? Really?
Any Christian should be asking, what happened to salvation?