"We cannot allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, or to find sanctuary on our shores or in our cities." So said our President, Donald Trump. He vowed to support and defend religious liberty at a gathering of evangelical Christians. The President said that the threat of terrorism is "one of the most grave and dire threats to religious freedom in the world today."
Saturday night at a "Celebrate Freedom" concert honoring veterans, Trump said "We want to make sure that anyone who seeks to join our country shares our values and has the capacity to love our people."
The evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group sponsored the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The church’s Pastor, Robert Jeffress, was a strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Trump appeared on a stage decorated with a massive American flag, and where a Choir debuted a song with the lyrics "make America great again" — Trump's campaign slogan.
Besides speaking to the event's religious theme, Trump renewed his campaign promise to always take care of America's veterans.
"Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom, he's also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom," he said.