In America ‘We Don’t Worship Government, We Worship God’ : NPR

President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C.

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President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C.

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President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees at this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

Trump was the first sitting president to address the annual gathering of Christian conservatives, and while he’s had trouble enacting some of his campaign promises legislatively so far in his term, he has ticked off many boxes with the evangelical voters that helped propel him to the Oval Office.

“We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities,” Trump said.

He got a standing ovation when he talked of appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump noted he signed a religious liberty order on the National Day of Prayer that eased enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which regulated political activity of churches. And he reminded the crowd that last week he also weakened the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which some religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor opposed.

“We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” Trump said to applause.

Referencing his announcement late Thursday night that he was…

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