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Trump to Liberal Universities: ‘Promote Free Speech’ or Risk Losing Federal Funds!

President Trump signed an executive order today that will allow his administration to punish universities who do not honor freedom of speech.

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President Donald Trump lived up to his word last week as he signed an executive order that will stop the culture of censorship at public universities.

The executive order is titled “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency and Accountability at Colleges and Universities” and Trump signed it today at an event featuring many college students who have had their rights violated by leftist campus commissars who are willing to stoop to any level to push their Marxist political ideology.

“Now you have a president that is fighting for you,” Trump said. “I am with you all the way. “Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech.”

“These universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity, and shut down the voices of great young Americans,” Trump added. “Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti-First Amendment institutions — universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech.”

The executive order will give the Trump administration the ability to withhold federal research funding for a particular university or college if they refuse to uphold the freedom of speech of their students as outlined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

“We must encourage institutions to appropriately account for this bedrock principle in their administration of student life and to avoid creating environments that stifle competing perspectives, thereby potentially impeding beneficial research and undermining learning,” the executive order reads.

“It is the policy of the Federal Government to: encourage institutions to foster environments that promote open, intellectually engaging, and diverse debate, including through compliance with the First Amendment for public institutions and compliance with stated institutional policies regarding freedom of speech for private institutions,” the executive order continues.

Trump plans to follow this executive order up with other measures that will further defend freedom of expression against the liberal mob as well. He was joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos who wholeheartedly supports his efforts to protect campus free speech from its leftist opponents.

“As students pursue their education, they should never face limits on what, when, where, or how they learn. They should be empowered to pursue truth through the free exchange of all ideas, especially ideas with which they may not agree. Free inquiry is an essential feature of our democracy, and I applaud the President’s continued support for America’s students,” DeVos said today in a press release about the Executive Order.

Public universities are already bellyaching over being forced to abide by the Bill of Rights. These Marxists lie through their teeth claiming that censorship isn’t a problem on campuses when, as a matter of fact, they have been knowingly perpetrating this anti-American agenda for decades.

“We have serious concerns about the false perceptions regarding free expression fueling the executive order. Freedom of expression is alive and well at Vanderbilt, and at research universities across the country. Weaponizing research dollars for political purposes – dollars used to develop vaccines, treatments and innovations that change people’s lives – is misguided and jeopardizes the historic and robust partnership between America’s research universities and the federal government,” Vanderbilt University wrote in an official response to the order.

“The debates that arise from the exchange of diverse viewpoints are a fundamental part of the intellectual journey of scholarship. As a public campus, we uphold freedom of expression and the right of speakers and audiences to be free from undue disruption and interference as protected by the Constitution,” the University of Utah wrote in their official response to Trump’s initiative.

“Any action by the Executive Branch that interferes with the ability of higher education institutions to address this problem themselves is misguided and in fact sets a very problematic precedent,” University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer said in a statement after Trump announced he would be signing this executive order.

One of the worst RINOs in the Senate – Lamar Alexander (R-TN) – even joined the chorus of crybabies deriding President Trump for actually trying to conserve free speech.

“The U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech,” Alexander said in a statement. “Federal courts define and enforce it. The Department of Justice can weigh in. Conservatives don’t like it when judges try to write laws, and conservatives should not like it when legislators and agencies try to rewrite the Constitution.”

These university Marxists and their weak RINO enablers may not like getting called out for their seditious agenda, but they better get used to it. The tide is beginning to turn against these left-wing bullies as they realize there are consequences for refusing to uphold basic American values.

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Second Christian Pastor Charged for Holding Church Services During Coronavirus Lockdown

Christian gatherings are being criminalized.

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Another Christian pastor is being charged with crimes for holding church services during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mark Anthony Spell, a Central, La. pastor, is receiving six misdemeanor charges for disobeying Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency shutdown edicts after he held church services this past weekend.

“Over the last two weeks I have worked with the sheriff, state police, the state fire marshal, Reverend Tony Perkins, and others to address this matter outside of legal action. Mr. Spell made his intentions to continue to violate the law clear. Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion,” said Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran, who issued the misdemeanor summons to Spell.

“Mr. Spell will have his day in court where he will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community. This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law,” he added.

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Spell has allegedly convened six unlawful church services at his Life Tabernacle Church hosting more individuals at his worship proceedings than what is allowed by the state. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said Spell is receiving a misdemeanor count for every time he allegedly violated the edict. They will not charge everyone who gathered unlawfully at the church but will attempt to make an example of Spell because “encouraged others to violate” the law.

“Without his actions, the others would not come,” Moore said. “Practically, it would be very difficult to charge that number of people even if we were not in the crisis we are in.”

Spell sees his case as being paramount for nationwide fight on behalf of religious liberty against tyrannical government.

“This is a scary time for our nation. Our religious freedoms are under persecution and attack,” Spell said. “This is an attack on all Christians across the world.”

“If this is not about religion, then are the Waltons not being issued summons and arrested for keeping Walmart open?” Spell asked. “Nobody will tell us as God fearing Christians and Americans that we are non-essential in our society.”

He vows to continue holding church services publicly in Louisiana no matter what the consequences from the state turn out to be.

“When you close every door in this city, we’ll close this door and we’ll go underground, but we are going to assemble and congregate as God fearing Christians,” Spell said. “If they are to arrest me and take me out of this congregation, my assistant pastor will step in immediately, when he is arrested, the third man will step in.”

Big League Politics reported yesterday on the other pastor who has been charged with holding illegal church services under new coronavirus edicts:

A Pro-Trump pastor has been arrested for hosting churches services in Florida. This appears to be the first case of this kind under the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne the pastor of The River Church, a mega church in Tampa, Florida for hosting two worship services at his church this past Sunday.

State Attorney Andrew Warren remarked, “I think it’s unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment. One, it’s absolutely clear that emergency orders like this are constitutional and valid. Second of all, leaders from our faith-based community across this country have embraced the importance of social distancing.”

“Because of the reckless disregard of public safety and after repeated requests and warnings, I worked with our state attorney, Andrew Warren, to obtain a warrant for unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules, both of which are second degree misdemeanors,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Our goal here is not to stop anyone from worshiping, but the safety and well-being of our community must always come first.”

Freedom of religion could soon be a lost vestige of the past because of the mass hysteria that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

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