Congressional Prayer Caucus Urges President Trump To Stand Strong On Religious Freedom

Apr 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured

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Yesterday, Senator Lankford, Co-Chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent a letter to President Trump to encourage his Administration to protect the basic human right of religious freedom, both in America and around the world. The letter is very well-written, emphasizing the importance of keeping our First Amendment Rights a priority, and providing clear guidelines for doing so:

“Religious freedom – the right to practice any faith or to choose no faith at all – is a fundamental human right of all people. I was encouraged to hear you say that a “first priority” of your administration will be to “preserve and protect our religious liberty,” and I believe there are several steps you can take to make that commitment a reality”.

The full Press Release with a link to the letter is below.

Last week, 18 U.S. Senators sent a strong letter to President Trump encouraging him to keep religious freedom a priority.

Also, in case you missed it, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation sent a letter to President Trump, signed by over a thousand legislators and citizens, encouraging him to sign an Executive Order and uphold his promise to protect religious freedom. You can read the letter here.

Senator Lankford Encourages Trump Administration to Protect Religious Freedom

April 14 — Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Trump to express appreciation for his supportive statements regarding the human right of religious freedom, and encourage his administration to take steps to protect religious freedom, both in America and around the world.

Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to clearly condemn ISIS genocide, integrate religious freedom throughout American foreign policy, nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in the State Department, advocate for prisoners of conscience abroad, fill the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director position, and affirm civil rights hiring protections for faith-based nonprofits. Lankford sent this letter as people of various faiths celebrate religious holidays around the world this week, including Easter and Passover.

At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump declared that his “administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.” This followed his remarks as a candidate where he said that “the first priority of his administration will be to preserve and protect our religious liberty. The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fit, not just the holy days, but all the time, always, whenever.”

In March, Lankford encouraged the Trump Administration to develop a strategy for imprisoned Americans abroad. On March 17, Lankford wrote an op-ed about State Secretary John Kerry’s genocide designation a year ago. In February, Lankford and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led a Senate letter to President Trump and Secretary Rex Tillerson urging the prioritization of the nomination of the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom within the State Department.

Lankford is co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which protects the right of Americans to practice a faith of their choosing or to practice no faith at all.

A PDF of the letter is available here.


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