Trump: ‘My Administration Will Do Everything in Its Power to Defend and Protect Religious Liberty’

By Melanie Arter | February 2, 2017 | 10:16am EST
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( – President Donald Trump said Thursday during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., that his administration will protect and defend religious liberty, adding that America will “remain a tolerant society where all faiths are respected.”

“So I want to express clearly today to the American people that my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land. America must forever remain a tolerant society where all faiths are respected and where all of our citizens can feel safe and secure,” Trump said.


“In recent days, we have begun to take necessary action to achieve that goal. Our nation has the most generous immigration system in the world, but these are those and there are those that would exploit that generosity to undermine the values that we hold so dear. We need security,” he said.

The president said that terrorism is a threat to religious freedom, and it must be stopped.

“We have seen unimaginable violence carried out in the name of religion – acts of wanton slaughter against religious minorities, horrors of a scale that defy description. Terrorism is a fundamental threat to religious freedom. It must be stopped, and it will be stopped,” he said.

“We have seen peace-loving Muslims brutalized, victimized, murdered and oppressed by ISIS killers. We have seen threats of extermination against the Jewish people. We have seen a campaign of ISIS and genocide against Christians where they cut off heads. Not since the Middle Ages have we seen that,” Trump said.

“We haven’t seen that – the cutting off of heads. Now they cut off heads. They drown people in steel cages. Haven’t seen this. Haven’t seen this. Nobody’s seen this for many, many years,” he added.

“All nations have a moral obligation to speak out against such violence. All nations have a duty to work together to confront it and to confront it viciously if we have to,” Trump said.

“There are those who would seek to enter our country for the purpose of spreading violence or oppressing other people based upon their faith or their lifestyle – not right,” he said, adding that the U.S. will not allow such “intolerance to spread in our nation.”

“You look all over the world, and you see what’s happening, so in the coming days, we will develop a system to help ensure that those admitted into our country fully embrace our values of religious and personal liberty and that they reject any form of oppression and discrimination,” Trump said.

“We want people to come into our nation, but we want people to love us and to love our values, not to hate us and to hate our values. We will be a safe country. We will be a free country, and we will be a country where all citizens can practice their beliefs without fear of hostility or fear of violence. America will flourish as long as our liberty and in particular our religious liberty is allowed to flourish,” he added.

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