President addresses people from all faiths including Christians, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs
Presdient Donald Trump spoke to over a hundred religious leaders at the National Day of Prayer dinner earlier this week stating that prayer is the most powerful thing people can do.
Trump also vowed that the United States would be the country to hold the practice of prayer in high esteem.
“America will be a nation that believes forever, and we certainly believe – more than anyone – the power of prayer,” Trump said at the dinner, LifeSiteNews reported.
“It’s the most powerful thing there is.”
In attendance at the dinner were people from all faiths including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and Hindus.
Trump called on a unity due to their shared love of God.
“Tonight we break bread together united by our love of God, and we renew our resolve to protect the sacred freedom of religion – all of us,” he said.
The president also highlighted the recent spate of anti-religious hate crimes against Christians and Muslims overseas and Jews in America.
“All of us in this room send our love and prayers to the Jewish Americans wounded at the Chabad of Poway shooting in California,” said the president.
“And our hearts break for the life of Laurie Gilbert-Kaye who was so wickedly taken from us.”
“We mourn for the Christians murdered in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and grieve for the Muslims murdered at their mosques in New Zealand,” he added.
“Here at home, we also remember the three historically black churches burned recently in Louisiana and the horrific shooting last year at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.”
Trump is no stranger to advocating prayer; last year he said the practice “changes hearts and transforms lives.”
“Our country was founded on prayer,” Trump said last year.
“Our communities are sustained on prayer and our nation will be renewed by hard work, a lot of intelligence, and prayer.”
Coinciding with Trump’s speech, his administration increased conscience protections for health care workers, protecting doctors from being forced to perform services against their religious beliefs, like abortion.
“Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students, and faith-based charities,” Trump said.
“They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”
But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) criticized the decision as a license to discriminate.
“Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it doesn’t include the right to discriminate or harm others,” Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU said in a statement.
“This rule threatens to prevent people from accessing critical medical care and may endanger people’s lives. … Medical standards, not religious belief, should guide medical care.”