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Oct 28, 2019

For the first time in U.S. presidential history, President Donald Trump hosted a meeting at the United Nations dedicated to religious freedom. This is an extremely important step on the path to eradicating religious persecution across the world. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Never in American history has a United States president hosted a meeting at the United Nations dedicated to religious freedom. 

But, in late September 2019, as the delegations from around the world descended on the UN General Assembly in New York City, President Donald Trump hosted a meeting focused on international religious freedom.

He explained that, “The United Sates is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God,” but then admitted that “the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.”

Indeed it is.  As he explained, “Approximately 80% of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned.” 

President Trump called upon them to “end religious discrimination.”  After announcing the formation of a coalition of U.S. businesses that will work to protect religious freedom globally, President Trump ended with this observation, “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.”

Indeed it does and, whatever else might be said of President Trump’s foreign policy, his administration appears concerned for the persecuted church.  As he said to the persecuted church, “The United States of America will forever remain at your side and the side of all who seek religious freedom.”

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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