On Jan. 15, 2021, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation for Religious Freedom Day and highlighted its importance as a founding value of the United States and his commitment to expanding this right around the world as well as the administration’s accomplishments in the religious arena.
“Faith inspires hope. Deeply embedded in the heart and soul of our Nation, this transcendent truth has compelled men and women of uncompromising conscience to give glory to God,” President Trump wrote.
The founding pillars of the United States
The president recalled that 400 years ago, the Pilgrims arrived at the shores of America fleeing the tyranny of their governments and seeking a place to profess their faith freely. This idea fundamentally shaped and founded the foundation of what would later become the United States of America, and it was all embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.
“From day one, we have taken action to restore the foundational link between faith and freedom and promote a culture of religious liberty,” the president said.
President Trump listed some of the executive orders he issued during his administration to prevent, for example, forcing medical personnel and those caring for disabled or bedridden seniors to perform euthanasia or planned deaths.
Similarly, President Trump implemented the right of conscientious objection so that medical personnel can refuse to perform abortions or procedures that are contrary to their beliefs.
“We have also aggressively defended faith communities against overreach by state and local governments that have tried to shut down communal worship,” President Trump wrote.
The president backs up his talk with actions
The president was also the first to attend the March for Life in 2019 where he gave a speech defending the right of the unborn and the sacredness of each life.
“As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life,” President Trump said. “Together we will work to save the lives of unborn children so that they have a chance to live and to love. Every child is a sacred gift from God.”
The president’s vision of religious freedom exceeds borders.
In 2019, he welcomed some 16 survivors of religious persecution from around the world to the White House, including Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Falun Dafa practitioners and acknowledged their courage in enduring pain to maintain their faith in God.
The president honors those who suffered religious persecution
“With us today are men and women of many different religious traditions from many different countries. But what you have in common is each of you has suffered tremendously for your faith,” the president said.
The same year, President Trump spoke before the United Nations Assembly where he courageously denounced dictatorial regimes for their repression of people of faith, pointing to China, Iran, Venezuela, and Nicaragua among them.
“Our nation was founded on the idea that our rights do not come from government, but from God,” said President Trump. “Regrettably, the freedom enjoyed in America is rare in the world.”
“Today, with one clear voice, the US calls on the nations of the world to end religious persecution,” the American president demanded.
The actions taken by the Trump administration speak louder than words.
In his war against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), one of the most inhumane regimes in modern history, President Trump has significantly decimated the CCP’s ability to openly lie to the international community and many other leaders have joined his call.
The sanctions imposed on Chinese officials and companies involved in human rights violations have put tremendous pressure on the CCP that is now fighting for its survival.