In addition to a booming economy, low unemployment and having the Islamic State on the run, President Donald Trump has added another accomplishment to his list of first year triumphs.
In a poll conducted by the Religion News Association, the president was named religion newsmaker of the year.
And he beat out Pope Francis to do it.
“Donald Trump was selected as the Religion Newsmaker of the Year after his inauguration triggered upheaval across a number of religious fronts,” it said. “Among them the role of evangelical support of his administration; fierce debates over Islam, race and religious liberty; the appointment of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch; and executive orders relating to immigration and terrorism. Last year President Trump was runner-up in this category, behind Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim Gold Star parents of the late U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan.”
It listed as its top religion news story of the year that “Conservative evangelicals gain strong representation in the Trump administration, notably with Vice President Mike Pence, and on the president’s informal religious advisory body. Trump maintains strong grassroots support among white evangelicals, polls show.”
The president also landed the third, fourth and eighth top religious stories of the year, highlighting his ” ban on several majority-Muslim nations,” “recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” and adding “numerous conservatives on U.S. federal courts, notably Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.”
The top religion story in 2016, as voted by the RNA, was the election of President Trump.
According to Pew Research, President Trump grabbed 58 percent of Protestants, 52 percent of Catholics, 81 percent of white Evangelical Christians and 61 percent of Mormons.
The president worked hard for the Christian vote during the 2016 presidential campaign and has followed through on many of the promises he made to them, including bringing “Merry Christmas” back to the White House.
He received a great deal of support from the community as well, including from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. who came out strong for the president
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