Catholic universities aren’t thought of as hotbeds of support for President-elect Donald Trump.
But the president of one such university is praising God that “the siege is over” because of Trump’s election.
Jim Towey of Ave Maria University writes in National Review that “we find ourselves liberated” from an even worse “campaign of hostility toward faith-based organizations” had Hillary Clinton won the election:
Some American colleges may be preoccupied with concerns over “micro-aggressions,” but what about the macro-aggressions of the Obama administration toward campuses or organizations like Ave Maria University? … President Obama threatened crippling fines if a college refused as a matter of conscience to make contraceptive services, including sterilization and abortifacient drugs, available in the health plans offered to its employees and students. The government’s foreign-assistance apparatus required a pledge of allegiance to the LGBT and “reproduction freedom” agendas as a condition for grants. Indeed, early on the administration sent a message to faith-based groups by yanking a grant to the U.S. Catholic bishops, a proven provider of quality refugee services, because they would not forsake their views on abortion and contraception.
The current administration threatened to yank back money if religious institutions didn’t share Barack Obama’s “contorted view” of Title IX, and it trampled the rights of religious employers, says Towey, the former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives under President George W. Bush:
Our office defended the rights of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim organizations to hire on a religious basis. President Obama’s faith-based office did nothing as those rights were dismantled in broad daylight.
Finally, Obama’s head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission turned “sacred scripture” into “hate speech” by saying that mainstream religious beliefs were “code words for discrimination,” Towey says:
[T]he changing of the guard cannot come soon enough. … campuses and religious charities of conservative, religious orientation [were] struggling to survive.