President Donald Trump is heading to the United Nations today for a three-day visit during its General Assembly, and he plans to make history with a big push for the UN to finally focus its attention on global religious liberty.
The latest news out of the Middle East will be a big part of the agenda as the president works to build a coalition to confront Iran after the massive coordinated airstrike on a major oil production facility in Saudi Arabia.
Other countries will be focusing of the centerpiece of this year’s UN schedule, which is a session today on climate change.
The president will be skipping that. Instead, he’ll be speaking to a meeting about the worldwide persecution of religious minorities — especially Christians.
The event is being called a “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom”. Some key evangelical leaders will be attending, including Franklin Graham, Paula White, Jentezen Franklin, Tim Clinton, and Cissie Graham Lynch.
President Trump will be introduced by Vice President Mike Pence. The White House issued a statement saying, “The President is working to broaden international support for ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom in the wake of increasing persecution of people on the basis of their beliefs and a growing number of attacks on and destruction of houses of worship by state and non-state actors.”
Johnnie Moore, a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, will also be attending the event.
Moore issued a statement saying, “The President of the United States has decided to set his own agenda for the United Nations General Assembly and that agenda will involve the most sweeping, focused statement on religious freedom ever delivered by any President of the United States to the United Nations.”
“All of this just weeks after the Department of State hosted the largest human rights event in its history and that event was focused on religious freedom. Simply put, the President is using the full weight of the United States to force the issue of religious freedom on the agendas of world leaders at the United Nations. It is not a secondary issue to the United States. It is an organizing principal for the United States and ought to be for all global leaders. This is legitimately historic,” he said.