February 08, 2019
If anyone's looking forward to the weekend, it's the White House speechwriting team. The last five days have been a whirlwind for the president -- first at the State of the Union address, and then Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. In both instances, he wowed -- not just conservatives, but all Americans with his powerful defense of the values that lead to a great nation. Just when it didn't seem possible that he could be more engaged in these core values issues, he proved that two years in the White House has only made him more passionate about life, religious liberty, faith, and American potential.
In the shadow of New York's late-term abortion law, this White House has hit back -- pushing and fighting for the dignity of every person. That started at the State of the Union with, arguably, the most pro-life defense of the unborn any president has ever given and carried right on through yesterday's breakfast. But it wasn't just children in the womb that President Trump championed. In a room of more than 3,000 political and religious leaders, he made a point of driving a stake into the ground on adoption too.
At one point in the breakfast, he pointed to a table with Melissa and Chad Buck from Holt, Michigan. He explained that in 2009, when they decided to adopt. "Soon," the president explained, "they got a call about three young siblings in a terribly abusive home. Melissa and Chad had only a few minutes to decide, and they said yes to all three. Today, the Bucks have five beautiful adopted children. As Melissa has said, they are the sweetest, most lovable children. They have the most unique gifts. Two of them have joined us for this breakfast, 10-year-old Max and nine-year-old Liz. To Max, Liz and the entire Buck family, thank you for inspiring us all."
But that's not where the story ended. President Trump took the opportunity to hit back at anyone working to silence or shut down faith-based adoption groups. When the applause died down from the introduction, he made a point of saying that "Unfortunately, the Michigan adoption charity that brought the Buck family together is now defending itself in court for living by the values of its Catholic faith." He paused. "We will always protect our country's long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption. My administration," he said, "is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply-held beliefs."
The audience -- in the room and watching by TV -- couldn't help but cheer. For years, groups like FRC have been fighting to protect organizations like this one on a national scale. Last week, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) took a big step in that direction, introducing a House and Senate version of the Child Welfare Inclusion Act that would stop LGBT activists from forcing foster and adoption groups to either surrender their beliefs on marriage or close.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the House's ranking member on Ways & Means, has promised that he and other conservatives are "committed to fighting for every foster and adoptive child and those parents seeking to grow or start a family." And Americans will be relieved to know that when they do, this president has their back.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.