Reason and Hope at the State of the Union

The CAAP, Coalition for American Action and Principles, recently launched its petition for faith-based immigration reform. The goal is to strengthen the grassroots network and work to educate and inspire pastors, community leaders, and politicians to defend Christian rights.

The Coalition for American Action and Principles, is a movement of Christians who believe in traditional family values in American public life.  They believe in protecting the lives of the unborn, and defending the sacred institution of marriage.  Below is an article that was recently released by Rev. William “Bill” Owens.

Rev. Bill & Deborah Owens
While watching the theater that now constitutes our annual State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but wonder … what must other countries think?

Because I know what I thought.

I thought that it was bizarre to see Democrats refuse to applaud the idea of protecting the life of a newborn child. What a moment to make it clear that you embrace abortion at every stage and will even champion infanticide rather than admit that a fetus is a human being.

I thought it was offensive to see that the lowest recorded unemployment among African Americans and Hispanic Americans wasn’t worth applauding for some politicians if it meant applauding the President.

And I thought it was ridiculous that knee-jerk opposition to the President has led the Democrats to stubbornly resist any kind of immigration reform, despite the fact that it is desperately needed.

If I were to go by the studied applause boycotts during the State of the Union, I would be forced to conclude that the Left wing of the Democratic Party is in favor of infanticide and sex trafficking, but opposed to more jobs for minorities.

Like I said earlier, what must other countries think? For that matter, what do Americans think? Do they see this partisan display and realize that this division is why we cannot get things done in Washington? And why critical issues like immigration reform are going unaddressed?

As an ordinary American, I was inspired by President Trump’s speech. It was the best State of the Union address that I’ve heard in my lifetime. I was moved to see how the president tried to speak with compassion, but remained firm as he outlined his vision for our nation. He spoke with optimism and love for our country, and aimed to bring unity to our fractured country. 

I’m sure I’m not the only one who was cheering when the president declared:

“America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

And I was proud and pleased to hear President Trump talk about the First Step Act and the bipartisan effort to pass criminal justice reform. Recently, I met with the president to discuss the issue and many of you signed our petition urging Congress to pass the First Step Act. So it was gratifying to hear the president say, “This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community. […] America is a Nation that believes in redemption.” If the politicians are too mired in partisanship to see the truth then we will have to force them to acknowledge it. The American people want change. We need immigration reform. And we need it now. 

That’s why CAAP launched its petition for faith-based immigration reform. Our plan echoes that of the President in calling for secure borders and a barrier on the Southern border of the U.S. We want to see an end to violence, illegal immigration, and the crime and devastation wrought by drug smugglers and human trafficking. We also want to see a compassionate response to the humanitarian crisis at our border.

If you haven’t already done so, please sign our immigration petition today. Then share it with your social network, and urge others to sign.

Will you help us confront the partisan politicians in DC with a hard dose of truth? If you watched the president’s speech, you were probably as angry as I was to see the behavior on display. One moment, women would cheer the president’s statements about paid family leave. The next, they sat on their hands as President Trump decried the pain babies feel when ripped from their mother’s womb. 

The hypocrisy is staggering. Are these people we trust to act for us? To lead our country? The Left has become so entrenched in identity politics that they are unaware of how foolish – no, how morally bankrupt – they appear.

Help us send a message to the radical left. We will not let our country fall prey to their divisive, manipulative, and immoral philosophy. We need donations to help fund our work for 2019, especially projects that were not part of our original plan. Your gift will help us continue to fight for faith, family, and freedom.

In his address Tuesday night, President Trump painted a stirring picture of why we cannot allow unfettered illegal immigration to continue. The current state of things is harmful to Americans and unfair to those who are being lured into our country on false promises. Let us work together to find a solution that is practical, effective, and compassionate.

For faith, family and freedom, 
Rev. Bill Owens

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