Donald Trump: “I Will Protect Religious Freedom and I Don’t Care If That’s Politically Incorrect”

National   Steven Ertelt   Oct 7, 2016   |   1:49PM    Washington, DC

When it comes to religious freedom and the religious liberties of pro-life people nationwide, there have been numerous attacks.

For Catholics and all Christians who value life, those attacks have come in the form of the Obamacare abortion mandate for example. The mandate has compelled Evangelical Christians such as Hobby Lobby as well as Catholic Christians like the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortions that violate their conscience.

The attacks are also appearing in the form of taxpayer-funded abortions and forcing medical professionals or pregnancy centers to either promote abortions are being involved in them.

With that in mind, Donald Trump has written a letter to Catholics directed towards a prominent pro-life Catholic organization pledging to protect religious freedom if elected president. Here is the text of his letter:

Brian Burch
President, CatholicVote.org
P.O. Box 259837
Madison, WI 53725

October 1, 2016

Mr. Burch,

Thank you for writing me on the critical issue of religious freedom and the growing concerns of Catholic voters. Like you, I understand the many ways this issue impacts millions of Americans, especially those cared for by Catholic hospitals and charities or students educated in successful Catholic schools today. Religious freedom is our First Freedom, and it must be respected.

Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!

I grew up in New York City. I have tremendous respect for the role of the Catholic Church in helping build New York, as well as other cities and communities across the country. Dedicated Catholic priests and religious leaders have built hospitals, schools, churches and charities while Catholic workers helped build our roads and bridges and started countless thriving businesses.

As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don’t care if people call it politically incorrect.

The priorities that the next President will need to establish are not known at this time. Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix. If Congress considers legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment.

Very respectfully,
Donald J. Trump

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In an email to LifeNews.com, Burch said he was pleased to see Trump making a committee to pro-life voters to protect religious and pro-life freedoms.

“Since his historic and surprising win in the primaries, Donald Trump has made a genuine effort to reach out and address the concerns of many Catholic voters,” he said. “We’ve been tough on Donald Trump. But we also have given him credit where it’s due. ”

“Donald Trump has selected a fantastic vice presidential candidate in Mike Pence. He has committed to nominating justices to the Supreme Court from a list of eminently-qualified judges. And on the paramount issue of protecting life, Trump has promised to sign a ban on abortions after 20 weeks,” Burch continued. “But Donald Trump’s letter to CatholicVote touches on perhaps the most pressing issue for the Catholic Church in America today — religious liberty. ”

“President Obama is fighting to force Catholics to violate our deeply held beliefs. The ACLU sued Catholic hospitals in an attempt to force them to perform abortions,” Burch added. “Given the serious threats to religious liberty, we are grateful that Donald Trump has now pledged to defend our First Amendment right to religious freedom, which protects all people of faith. ”

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