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How To End The Republican National Convention With A Bang

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So far, the Republican National Convention has been a success, but a strictly conventional success; great production values (especially compared to the Democrats), great visuals, great stories and tributes to President Trump, and his record, but no big moments.

We have an idea on how to remedy that modest, but important deficiency.

We suggest that President Trump conclude the Convention by issuing an Executive Order declaring religious worship to be an “essential activity” during the pandemic and directing the Department of Justice and other federal entities to take the side of those who seek to open their places of worship.

The President could then use some of the stops on his post-convention speaking schedule to meet with religious leaders, such as Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, California, who been warned he could face fines or arrest for defying Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom's July orders against hosting indoor services at his church.

The President could also go to Nitra Yeshiva in Brooklyn, an Orthodox Jewish school that was shut down at the direction of New York’s Far Left Mayor Bill DeBlasio and officers from the New York Police Department after someone reported the school was hosting classes in violation of the city’s coronavirus lockdown orders. After the police raid the school was ordered to shut down operations immediately and a cease-and-desist order issued by the city’s Health Department was displayed on the front door of the school.

Such an Executive Order would be especially beneficial in the case of Nitra Yeshiva because the cease-and-desist order reads that the school violated the city and state executive order banning “non-essential gatherings” which has been in place since mid-March. Failure to comply is a misdemeanor violation of the city’s health code punishable by fines, forfeitures and imprisonment, the order says.

And such an Executive Order could also tee-up a major speech on religious liberty, an important topic that has, as of Wednesday afternoon, received only oblique treatment at the Republican National Convention.

The Museum of the Bible, or perhaps one of the churches or synagogues vandalized or destroyed during the summer’s violence could serve as an appropriate location for such a speech.

Of course, the suggestion of an Executive Order of this nature is bound to make the President’s more timid establishment-type advisors nervous.

And it would make today’s anti-religious Democrats apoplectic.

But such an Executive Order is entirely consistent with the practice of some of our greatest Presidents, for example Abraham Lincoln who said at the height of the Civil War, “God bless the Methodist Church -- bless all the churches -- and blessed be God, Who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.”

And it is worth noting that George Washington issued what might be considered the first executive order, setting aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and prayer. His 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation, noted Smithsonian Magazine, was punctuated by references—“Almighty God,” “the Lord and Ruler of Nations,” “the great and glorious Being,” “the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be”—to a Supreme Being.

Respecting religious liberty and the free exercise of religion and protecting religious people and institutions from the encroachment of overweening secular authorities are central tenets of today’s Republican Party. Renewing that commitment with an Executive Order declaring religious assemblies to be “essential activities” would not only be the right thing to do in the face of religious discrimination from Democrat Governors and Mayors, it would send a message that would carry straight through to Election Day.

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