Vice President Pence, speaking to Christian leaders at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians held this week in Washington, reassured the attendees that the Trump administration is devoted to protecting and improving religious liberty both domestically and abroad.
Some have criticized the president for not taking further action in helping Christians.
But Franklin Graham, who led the conference, said when he introduced Pence, “What I appreciate so much about our vice president is his strong faith in God and his belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God.”
He added, “As a nation, we are very fortunate to have a president that believes in God and a vice president who strongly supports all of us in the church and is not afraid to express his faith.”
The summit followed on the heels of an executive action which Trump signed into law last week, addressing, in part, the issue of religious employers who choose to avoid providing coverage for birth control.
The order also issued a mandate that clergy not be persecuted for endorsing political candidates.
But even before the executive order, Trump in the nascent stages of his presidency, issued a travel ban of foreigners from six Muslim countries, expressing within its context the prioritization of tending to the needs of persecuted Christians.
Pence’s popularity with Christian leaders was evident Thursday morning when he spoke at the Mayflower Hotel, reassuring the attendees that he cares about their cause.
He reiterated the Trump administration’s stance on the protection of Christians. “The suffering of Christians in the Middle East has stirred Americans to action, and it brings me here today,” he said… CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE