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Religious Freedom A U.S. Foreign Policy Priority, Obama Says



Published on 07 February 2014



by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews)

Washington, D.C.

Barack Obama At National Prayer Breakfast
Barack Obama At National Prayer Breakfast

“Promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy,” President Obama told foreign and U.S. government officials, business and nonprofit organization leaders, and clergy from all faiths and political ideologies who attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 6.

“History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion, are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful,” the president said. “Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security.”

“No society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all its peoples, including religious minorities,” Obama said. “We continue to stand for the rights of all people to practice their faiths in peace and in freedom.”

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event and every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended since it was created in 1953.




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Posted 2014-02-07 09:53:00