“We are a nation of believers,” President Trump declared from the White House Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer Thursday. “Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding, and the soul of our nation.”
“Not only are we a nation of faith, but we’re a nation of tolerance,” Trump said. “As we look at the violence around the world...we realize how truly blessed we are to live in a nation that honors freedom of worship.”
Trump then announced the executive order he was about to sign to protect religious freedom and free speech in America.
“We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore,” he explained to the applauding crowd. “And we will never, ever stand for religious discrimination.”
Next Trump said he was going on a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Rome to speak to religious leaders there. He specifically spoke about working with Muslim leaders to “combat extremism, terrorism, and violence.”
“Our task is not to dictate to others how to live but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity, and stability to the war-ravaged Middle East,” he explained.
After giving a brief history lesson on the National Day of Prayer, Trump said, “We remember this eternal truth: Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God.”
“Our Founding Fathers believed that religious liberty was so fundamental that they enshrined it in the very first amendment of our very great and beloved Constitution,” he said. “Yet for too long our federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs.”
Trump continued, “No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenants of their faith.”
He then announced one of the key aspects of his executive order to preserve religious freedom...STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE.