On Friday, President Biden issued a proclamation in support of religious freedom, saying he was declaring Sunday, January 16, Religious Freedom Day. This is something that presidents do every year.
“Our founders enshrined the principle of religious freedom in the First Amendment to our Constitution, establishing it as the cornerstone of who we are as a nation,” Biden rightly asserts.
We publish his proclamation in full below so you can see it for yourself. His words in this statement are pro-freedom and they are essential in sending a message to the world that religious freedom must be protected and respected.
But Biden’s actions so far have fallen short of these important ideals. So we’ve also provided 10 examples from our coverage over the past year to illustrate the concerns. From the genocide against Christians in Nigeria to the religious rights of Americans, it turns out that the principles of religious freedom often take a back seat to the other goals of the Biden administration.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2022
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Since our nation’s earliest days, brave people from all parts of the world have come to the United States in search of religious freedom, risking everything to escape oppression, persecution, and discrimination because of their beliefs. Our founders enshrined the principle of religious freedom in the First Amendment to our Constitution, establishing it as the cornerstone of who we are as a nation. Today, America remains a religiously diverse nation – a land uniquely strengthened by the routine and extraordinary blending of religions and belief systems. On Religious Freedom Day, we recommit ourselves to protecting and advancing this vital aspect of our American character – and to protecting the freedom of people of all faiths and no faiths, both in our nation and the world.
Our country’s greatest strength is and always has been our diversity, including the multitude of religions and beliefs practiced in our country. My administration is committed to strengthening the federal workforce by ensuring it looks like all of our people by promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, including on the basis of religion. That’s why I re-established the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to serve those in need by partnering with faith-based and secular organizations. These public-private partnerships embody the American system of religious liberty and are effective — whether working together to get people vaccinated against COVID-19, providing nutritious meals for children, or welcoming and resettling refugees in the United States. United.
Everyone should feel safe when attending a church service, school, community center event, or walking down the street wearing the symbols of their faith. To help ensure that everyone can practice their faith without fear, my administration has established increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s nonprofit Security Grants Program, which makes funds available to organizations at nonprofits under threat – including places of worship and other affiliated religious entities – to improve their safety and security. I also signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which included the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act to provide tools we know are effective in preventing and prosecuting hate crimes. We must constantly affirm that hate has no safe harbor in America. My administration remains steadfast in our efforts to lead and advance human rights, including religious freedom around the world, at a time when many people are subject to horrific persecution for their faith and beliefs.
In my life, faith has always been a beacon of hope and a call to purpose, as it is for so many Americans, and I believe that protecting religious freedom is as important today as she never was. We must continue our work to ensure that people of all faiths – or none – are treated as full participants in society, with equal rights and dignity. We can only fully realize the freedom we desire for ourselves by helping to ensure freedom for all. On Religious Freedom Day, let us rededicate ourselves to these fundamental principles.
THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim on January 16 2022 as Religious Freedom Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this fourteenth day of January in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
We’ve all heard that actions speak louder than words. Benjamin Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said. And Christian preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “It’s good to preach like I do, with my lips. But you can all preach with your feet and with your life, and that is the most effective preaching.
So what do Biden’s actions show? Here are 10 examples of his presidency so far:
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