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Outlines his defense of moral freedom at the Faith and Freedom Coalition
President Donald Trump is defending the rights of all Americans to live a moral life and highlighted his fight at the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC) in Washington, D.C.
During his FFC talk on June 26, Trump noted he’s protecting the right of such groups as the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious community, to live according to their conscience.
“We’re cherishing our nation’s religious heritage once again,” said Trump. “My administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. We are protecting the conscience rights of doctors, and nurses, and teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor. We’re with them.”
The previous Obama administration had dragged the Little Sisters of the Poor through many court battles in attempts to force them into supporting contraceptives for employees in accord with Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Trump also recalled his recent defense of allowing conservative speakers on liberal college campuses. Such speakers are often banned from speaking, owing to left-leaning college administrators.
We’ve made a lot of progress. We’ve taken action to uphold free speech on college campuses. Colleges are now, by the way, looking around very carefully when they throw conservatives and religious folks off of their campuses. Looking around very, very carefully because they have a big, fat, beautiful monetary penalty to pay.
Trump signed an executive order in March that would remove federal funding from colleges that blocked moral speakers from addressing the student body. Trump adds that his new policy seems to be curbing such bias.
“I haven’t heard too much about it since I did that a few months ago,” said Trump. “Do you notice that? I haven’t heard — I haven’t heard so much about that. We give them billions and billions of dollars, and then they don’t let people speak.”
Faith-based adoption agencies are also on Trump’s list of groups needing to be defended now more than ever.
“We’re preserving our country’s vital tradition of faith-based adoption,” remarked Trump. “And we are proudly defending the sanctity of life. … But keep fighting because, as most of the people in the room know, it’s very fragile.”
He added, “Unfortunately, Democrat politicians have become increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans who want to help more children find a loving home and share their dreams with the world.”
Watch the panel discuss Trump’s fight for Americans’ right to live morally in The Download—America at a Crossroads.