After making headlines for not defending President Obama’s faith when an audience member asserted his personal belief that the president is Muslim, Donald Trump addressed his critics at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“I was in big trouble all over the place. Every newscast. It was the biggest story,” Trump told the audience.
He read off his tweets from earlier that day where he joked that this was the first time he’d caused a controversy by ‘NOT’ saying something. He also sent several tweets defending religious liberty and the First Amendment.
After holding up the Bible his mother gave him, he joked and showed the crowd his confirmation picture, “Because nobody can believe it…. What went wrong?” This drew laughter from the audience.
“I will protect… because we’re not being protected,” Trump said, in reference to Christians and religious liberty.
He asserted that his first priority if elected President would be to, “preserve and protect our religious liberty. The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fit. Not just during the Holy days.”
“We’ll be fighting — because I think it’s an important thing — we’ll be fighting as part, common core, and we’re going to protect totally the First Amendment,” he vowed.
At one point, Trump announced that he wanted to bring back Christmas. He wants to make it acceptable, once again, for Christians to use the word ‘Christmas’ instead of being forced to hide their faith out of fear of offending others.
Trump also pointed out how it is nearly impossible for Syrian Christians to be able to come into this country to seek asylum, but that Muslim Syrians are welcomed in with open arms in large numbers. Even though it is Christians who are being beheaded and persecuted almost to the point of being wiped out in that area of the world.
Do you think Trump’s right about needing to protect Christians around the world and Christianity?