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9.23.19 – Campaign for Working Families – Gary Bauer’s Newsletter

[I continue to urge the public to subscribe to Gary Bauer’s newsletter. Where else will we ever hear these facts about Pres. Trump’s strong support for religious freedom?  I am very thankful for Gary Bauer’s newsletter which provides us with accurate and up-to-date news that counts.  – Donna Garner]

Excerpts from this newsletter:

Fighting For Religious Freedom

By Gary Bauer

I went to New York this weekend at the invitation of the White House.  I and other commissioners on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom were at the U.N. today to hear the president’s historic address.  Vice President Mike Pence introduced the president, giving you an indication of just how seriously the administration takes this issue.
As Vice President Pence stated, President Trump’s address today marked the first time that an American leader convened a U.N. meeting on religious freedom.  U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterrez also addressed the meeting.
During his remarks, Trump announced new initiatives on protecting houses of worship and incorporating business leaders in efforts to defend religious liberty.  Below are some excerpts of the president’s address.
“The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government, they come from God. . . Our founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous and virtuous society than the right to follow one religious convictions. . .
“Today with one clear voice the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. . .  As president, protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities. . .
“It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for following the teachings of Christ.  Who would even think that’s possible in this day and age? . . .
“We are urging every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities. . . This includes measures to prevent the intentional destruction of religious sites and relics. . .
“The United States is forming a coalition of U.S. businesses for the protection of religious freedom. . .  Too often people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning or censoring the faithful.  True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs. . .
“Today I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty.  We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith and give glory to God.  The United States has a vital role in this critical mission.”

…I think we can all guess where any of the president’s progressive challengers would have been and what their priorities as president would be.

But the sad fact is that religious persecution is increasing all over the world, and no religious group is more persecuted than the world’s Christians (here and here).  I would contend that the world’s Christians are one of if not the least likely group to persecute other faiths.

Let me just remind you that seven of the world’s ten worst violators of religious freedom are Muslim-majority countries.  Two of the remaining three are communist regimes.
We must pray for the persecuted church.  And we should thank God that the current leadership of the United States, including the president, the vice president, the secretary of state and the commission on which I serve, is doing more to protect religious liberty than any previous administration.

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PO Box 1222
Merrifield, VA  22116-1222

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