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VP Mike Pence Delivers Some Good News About One of Trump’s Top Priorities to Religious Conservatives

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Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the first annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom this week where he delivered a speech where he stated that the Trump administration is fully committed to protecting and furthering religious liberty in America.

The concept of freedom of religion is one that has come under fire in recent years, especially for Christians who are seeking to live out their faith in every area of life, including their businesses. Persecution has been coming down hard from government officials attempting to force some folks to support sinful lifestyles they disagree with, causing these individuals to either lose their businesses or to compromise their belief system.

Here are the details of Pence’s speech.

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They were addressing representatives from over 80 nations “to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all,” according to the State Department. Victims of persecution also gave first-hand accounts of the brutality they faced.

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“This event truly reflects President Trump’s ironclad commitment to protecting this important liberty,” Pompeo said, which “is not exclusively an American right. It is a God-given, universal right bestowed on all of mankind.”

Pompeo announced the release of the Potomac Declaration and the Potomac Plan of Action, which reaffirms the United States’ stance and “recommends concrete ways the international community and governments can do more to protect religious freedom and vulnerable religious communities.”

Here’s a few direct quotes given by Pence during the speech discussing how America would lead the fight for religious liberty by example for the entire world:

“The American founders enshrined religious freedom as the first freedom in the Constitution of the United States, and America has always and will always lead the world by our example,” Pence said, adding that cultures with no respect for religious liberty are more violent.

“There is no escaping the plain fact that North Korea’s leadership has exacted unparalleled privation and cruelty upon its people for decades,” he said.

Pence also warned that Western democracies also threaten religious freedom, highlighting the fact that “just 70 years after the Holocaust, attacks on Jews, even on aging Holocaust survivors, are growing at an alarming rate” across Europe.​

It’s well past time for someone to stand up for those who believe that faith in Jesus Christ is more than just something you believe privately. God makes it clear throughout the Bible that obedience to His Word is something that goes beyond private thought life. It touches every area of life.

If unbelievers don’t like that, they can shop elsewhere. That’s the beautiful thing about having a free market. Vote with your dollars.

Source: Daily Wire

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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