Pence Claims Religious Freedom Is ‘Under Attack’ During Speech at CPAC

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Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, addressing hot-button issues and current events in America.

During part of his speech, Pence accused current American society of persecuting Christian beliefs.

“Freedom of religion is under attack in our country,” Pence said. “Lately, it’s actually become fashionable for media elites and Hollywood liberals to mock religious belief. My own family recently came under attack just because my wife Karen went back to teach art to children at a Christian school.”

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Pence’s comments come after multiple advocacy organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), have accused the vice president of attacking the LGBTQ community’s freedoms through actively passing and supporting policies that have a direct negative impact on them.

In a tweet during Pence’s speech, the HRC referred to his track record for suppressing these freedoms.

“As Governor of Indiana, [Pence] was responsible for enabling the worst outbreak of HIV and AIDS in state history when he shut down needle exchange programs & testing centers, including Planned Parenthood, provoking national outrage from public health experts,” it wrote.

The organization went on to rebuke Pence further, tweeting that when he “claims he wants to defend personal beliefs, what he really means is allowing medical providers to deny lifesaving care to LGBTQ people, licensing discrimination in the foster system and turning away trans children from the Department of Education.”

This isn’t the first time Pence has expressed his feelings about feeling oppressed as a Christian. At a world summit in defense of persecuted Christians in 2017, he and President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for all religious people but claimed that Christians face the most hatred of any group today.

Pence went on to say “over 215 million Christians confront intimidation, imprisonment, forced conversion, abuse, assault, or worse for holding to the truths of the gospel.”

“Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration,” he added.

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Rocky Drummond
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Conservatives, esp religious ones, need to play the victim. Christians have claimed persecution since the begining, and the fearmongering over it continues.

Michael
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How disingenuous. He is trying to equate criticism of his political views based on his religion with the very real persecution that happens in other countries?!?!

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