Trump to Catholics: I’ve got your back

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MADISON, WI – 10 Oct, 2016 – Donald Trump has delivered a personally signed letter to stating: “Religious freedom is our First Freedom, and it must be respected.”

Brian Burch, President of, said: “We’ve made no secret of our concerns about Donald Trump during the primaries. But we have to give credit where it’s due. Donald Trump has selected a fantastic vice presidential candidate in Mike Pence. Then he committed to nominating justices to the Supreme Court from a list of eminently qualified judges. And on the life issue, Trump promised to sign a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.”

But his letter today touches on perhaps the most pressing issue for the Catholic Church in America — religious liberty, Burch said.

“President Obama has forced Catholics to pay for things that violate our deeply held beliefs. The ACLU has sued Catholic hospitals in an attempt to force them to perform abortions. And Hillary Clinton has said that ‘religious beliefs … have to be changed.’ Given the grave threats to religious liberty, we are grateful that Donald Trump has now pledged his support for the First Amendment right to religious freedom, which protects all people of faith,” said Burch.

“There will still be some Catholic voters skeptical of Donald Trump’s pledges. But I would rather spend 2017 holding Donald Trump to his promises than having to fight Hillary Clinton at every turn,” said Burch.

In his letter to, Trump pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act should it reach his desk.

“Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!” wrote Trump.

He continued: “As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don’t care if people call it politically incorrect.”

You can read Donald Trump’s letter to here:


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