America For Religion

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When the UN (United Nations General Assembly) comes together, several world leaders join  to discuss various world wide problems and solutions to these problems.

President Trump was one of these leaders on Monday, September 23, and the plate he presented to the table is the plate of religious freedom, from persecution across the globe.

 

“We’re … urging every nation to increase the prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities. There can be no greater crime than that,” said Trump, according to the website Christian Headlines.

Joined by Mike pence, U.S vice president, Kelly Craft, ambassador to the U.N., and Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, President Trump let the leaders and the world know his stance on religious freedom and his plan for action.

 

“Too often, people in positions of power preach diversity, while silencing, shunning or censoring the faithful,” Trump said, according to the website Christian Headlines. “True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.” Trump explains as he reveals his plan to contribute to the problem.

 

According to CNN News, President Trump announced the U.S will be dedicating $25 million to protect religious freedom. “ The $25 million will go toward protecting religious freedom, religious sites and relics,” Trump said.

 

 Also protecting religious workers, Trump included businesses in the idea of taking part in this goal for religious freedom. “The initiative involving business, will encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace,” he said.

 

After presenting various examples of religious persecution in places like China, France, Sri Lanka, Pennsylvania, and Muslims in New Zealand, Trump made clear America’s position in his presented affairs.

“Regrettably,” he stated according to CNN, “the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned.”

“Today with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief [and] protect the vulnerable, the defenseless and the oppressed.”