Donald Trump's religious views

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This article describes the religious beliefs of United States President Donald Trump.

Trump attended the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens. He told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he still considers himself a Presbyterian and attends services for all major holidays and Sundays, and that "The Bible is certainly THE book." He receives Bibles from fans in the mail, and he either stores them or gives them away to others.[1] He says about the Bible: "There's no way I would do anything negative to a Bible.[2] Trump has stated that the Bible is his favorite book and The Art of the Deal is his second favorite book.[3]

In July 2015, Trump stated in an interview that "Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?"[4] He also stated that "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."[5] January 2016, Trump stated that "I have a great relationship with God," but that "I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness."[6] When confronted by Cal Thomas in an interview in mid 2016 about his not asking God for forgiveness, Trump stated that he would ask God for forgiveness.[7] In October 2016, Ben Carson stated that Trump did ask forgiveness from God with James Robison.[8]

Trump has praised Christian conservatives such as Tony Perkins, and due to his political views, which respect the religious views of Christians and their liberty to hold to their beliefs and conscience, Trump was endorsed by numerous conservative, biblical evangelical Christian leaders.

Trump raised his daughter Ivanka Trump as a Presbyterian, but she converted to Judiaism prior to marrying Jared Kushner.

Trump's current spiritual advisor is Paula White Cain, who gave the invocation at his inauguration and received a White House tour on July 27, 2017.[9]

According to exit polling, Trump won 81 percent of evangelical Christians compared to 16 percent for Clinton, a record high and even more than George W. Bush won in 2004.[10][11] Although some have disputed the accuracy of such exit polling methods,[12] the polls still showed strong support for Trump from evangelicals. This is largely due to Trump's conservative policies that align well with the Bible, including opposition to abortion.

When sworn in as President on January 20, 2017, Trump used both Abraham Lincoln's Bible and his family Bible.[13]

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References

  1. Haberman, Maggie (April 11, 2011). "Donald Trump talks about religion". Politico website.
  2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/6-interesting-facts-about-donald-trumps-christian-faith-140522/#qp4i8OYO41oEuhj9.99
  3. August 21, 2015 Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama
  4. Nothstine, Ray (July 23, 2015). Trump: 'Why Do I Have to Repent or Ask for Forgiveness If I Am Not Making Mistakes?' (Video). The Christian Post. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  5. Scott, Eugene (July 18, 2015). Trump believes in God, but hasn't sought forgiveness. CNN. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. Key, Pam (January 17, 2016). Trump: ‘I Don’t Like to Have to Ask for Forgiveness’ from God. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  7. Chumley, Cheryl (August 6, 2016). Trump answers question: 'Who do you say Jesus is? WorldNetDaily. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  8. Showalter, Brandon (October 10, 2016). Ben Carson: Donald Trump Asked God for Forgiveness, Prayed With James Robison. The Christian Post. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  9. "Trump’s ‘spiritual adviser’ and her husband, the keyboardist for Journey, got a White House tour", July 27, 2017. Retrieved on Dec 26, 2017. 
  10. O'Brien, Cortney (November 12, 2016). Evangelical Voters Showed Up Big Time For Trump. Townhall. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  11. Lovett, Ian (November 9, 2016). Evangelicals Back Donald Trump in Record Numbers, Despite Earlier Doubts. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  12. Showalter, Brandon (November 16, 2016). Did 81 Percent of Evangelicals Really Vote for Trump? Not So Fast, Some Say. The Christian Post. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  13. Spiering, Charlie (January 17, 2017). Donald Trump to Use Lincoln Bible for Inauguration Oath of Office. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 13, 2017.