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Trump Announces New $25 Million “Religious Freedom” Initiative During UN Speech

Sep 24, 2019

By Jeff Taylor

President Donald Trump announced a new initiative at a United Nations event on Monday, pledging to spend “$25 million to protect religious freedom, religious sites, and relics.”

Trump also said he would be “forming a coalition of U.S. businesses for the protection of religious freedom,” calling it a first of its kind event, and describing it as his “highest priority.”

The Trump administration has a history of using so-called religious freedom concerns to go after LGBTQ rights. The administration has argued that it should be legal to deny services to LGBTQ people on that basis, including in health care.

Trump called for the “end of religious persecution,” despite his Muslim travel ban, which barred entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals hailing from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as banned the entry of all refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely banned the entry of Syrian refugees.

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