Fox News radio host and commentator Todd Starnes said on Feb. 7 that God had given the U.S. a "second chance" with the election of President Donald Trump (video below).
Starnes made his comments during a speech at Liberty University, a conservative Christian college in Lynchburg, Virginia, notes Right Wing Watch:
For the past eight years, Americans, we’ve been told that we are the problem, that we are not a Christian nation, that we are not an exceptional nation. Our traditions and our values have been ridiculed and marginalized.
We were mocked by Hollywood and dismissed by the academics, marginalized by the mainstream media. But all that changed on Election Day when a man who promised to defend religious liberty, a man who promised to make America great again became our president...
I believe that God saw fit to give our nation a second chance. I don't think He's finished with us, folks. My fellow countrymen, we are surrounded, the cultural bullets are flying, the enemies of freedom are advancing and the time has come for all of us to stand resolute.
You say, "Todd, I’m not a fighter." Well, there ain’t no such thing today, sonny, because we are freedom’s last line of defense! So do not hide liberty's light under a bushel! No, hold it high! And let the flame of freedom burn bright for all the world to see! It’s time for every gun-toting, Bible-clinging deplorable American to take a thunderous stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
While Starnes and other conservative Christians have high hopes for Trump to aid them in their policy goals, a new poll from PRRI finds most Americans oppose those types of policies.
The survey found that 64 percent of Americans do not want small business owners to refuse serving LGBT people on the basis of the owners' religious beliefs.
And most think employer health insurance plans should cover birth control and contraception, with 67 percent believing this should be an option.
Of those polled, 71 percent do not want to allow churches and houses of worship to endorse political candidates while still claiming a tax-exempt status.
On the topic of gay marriage, 63 percent support allowing LGBT couples to marry, which is the law.
The poll also found 70 percent of Americans support laws that provide legal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of housing, jobs and public accommodations.
A majority, 53 percent, do not want laws that force transgender people to use bathrooms that match their biological sex rather than their gender identity.