President Trump and Vice President Pence led a United Nations meeting on promoting religious liberty around the world in New York on Monday. Trump called on all world leaders to take action to protect religious freedom in the wake of rising persecution of people based on their faith and beliefs.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government, they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution's Bill of Rights. Our founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous and virtuous society than the right to follow one's religious convictions.
Regrettably the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80% of the world's population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned and when I heard the number I said please go back and check it because it can't possibly be correct and sadly it was, 80%.
As we speak Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus (INAUDIBLE) and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured, and even murdered often at the hands of their own government simply for expressing their deeply held religious beliefs, so hard to believe. 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, protect the vulnerable, the defenseless and the oppressed. America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts. As president protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been.
Last year Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted the first-ever ministerial to advance international religious freedom. In this year's ministerial Secretary Pompeo announced plans to create the international religious freedom alliance an alliance of like-minded nations devoted to confronting religious persecution all around the world. I have appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. We are standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.
It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for the following--I mean just think of this 11 Christians a day for following the teachings of Christ. Who would even think that's possible in this day and age? Who would think it's possible?
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