By Family Policy Alliance
Instead, President Trump stole the show with his full-throated defense of religious freedom.
The event, called the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom, was organized by the president, who also provided the keynote address. This marked the first time a sitting United States president has hosted such a meeting at the United Nations, which President Trump called “long overdue.”
Addressing an audience of UN officials, foreign dignitaries, victims of religious persecution, religious clergy and business leaders, President Trump issued a clarion call to the nations of the world: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”
The president shined most brightly when he appealed to the legacy of the American founding:
Family Policy Alliance stands behind President Trump’s message to the international community and his push to protect religious liberty both within the United States and abroad. Every person – regardless of their religion – should be left free to live in accordance with their sincerely held religious beliefs, without fear of violence or government retribution.
It’s important to keep making progress on this issue. Although the president has made meaningful reforms protecting and promoting the promise of religious liberty, we still have much work left to do. That’s why Family Policy Alliance actively seeks to strengthen religious liberty protections through promoting policies that honor the rights of:
- clergy and business owners to operate their churches and businesses according to the tenets of their faith;
- parents to raise and educate their children according to their religious convictions; and
- all individuals, regardless of their faith, to be free from governmental coercion and punishment for what they believe.