On Monday, September 23, President Donald Trump made history by becoming the first U.S. president to hold a meeting at the United Nations that focused only on religious liberty.
During a U.N. climate summit in New York, the President spoke at an event billed as a Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom. In his speech, President Trump referred to the obligation to safeguard religious liberty as an “‘urgent moral duty.’” The President pointed out that many people across the world live in nations whose governments fail to respect religious freedom. He added that ‘”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.’”
At the event, President Trump announced two new religious freedom initiatives. The first is a commitment by the United States to dedicate an additional $25 million for the protection of religious freedoms and religious sites. The second is the formation of a coalition of U.S. businesses to work together on matters of religious freedom.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms appreciates President Trump’s ongoing support for religious freedom, as well as his recognition of the crucial importance of protecting it.