The White House announced that President Donald Trump will give a speech on religious freedom next Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and will host a special event to be attended by evangelical leaders and religious freedom advocates.
“The President is working to broaden international support for ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom in the wake of increasing persecution of people on the basis of their beliefs and a growing number of attacks on and destruction of houses of worship by state and non-state actors,” a statement from White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham reads.
“The President will call on the international community to take concrete steps to prevent attacks against people on the basis of their religion or beliefs and to ensure the sanctity of houses of worship and all public spaces for all faiths.”
The Monday morning event is titled “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom.”
Johnnie Moore, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and an evangelical leader who has informally engaged with the Trump administration, told The Christian Post that many have been invited to take part in the event.
Among those invited are conservative evangelical leaders who have participated in events at the White House, USCIRF commissioners, religious freedom activists, other religious leaders and a host of others.
Moore called next Monday’s event “legitimately historic.”
“The President of the United States has decided to set his own agenda for the United Nations General Assembly and that agenda will involve the most sweeping, focused statement on religious freedom ever delivered by any President of the United States to the United Nations,” Moore wrote in an email.
Trump will be introduced for his speech by Vice President Mike Pence. The event will also be attended by senior administration officials, according to Moore.
The event comes just over two months after the U.S. State Department hosted its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. last month, a three-day event that was attended by hundreds of religious freedom activists, survivors of persecution, religious leaders and world political leaders.
“Simply put, the President is using the full weight of the United States to force the issue of religious freedom on the agendas of world leaders of the United Nations,” Moore stated. “It is not a secondary issue to the United States. It is an organizing principle for the United States and ought to be for all global leaders.”
Since Trump took office in 2017, his administration has placed much emphasis on protecting the religious freedom rights domestically and internationally.
Internationally, the Trump administration bolstered aid initiatives to help persecuted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria resettle after being displaced by the Islamic State.
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Source: Christian Post