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Paul Ryan on What a Second Presidential Term for Barack Obama Would Mean in a Speech Delivered to the Faith and Freedom Coalition
November 5, 2012
It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian,...
Mitt Romney on Maintaining Religious Freedom and Caring for the Less Fortunate in the First Presidential Debate
October 3, 2012
I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. [...] We are endowed by our...
Barack Obama on Intolerance and Violence in His UN General Assembly Address Discussing the Middle East
September 25, 2012
The impulse towards intolerance and violence may initially be focused on the West, but over time it cannot be contained. The...
Barack Obama on Balancing Religious Freedom with Condemnation of Violence in the Muslim World
September 15, 2012
The United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the...
Barack Obama in Response to the Violent Protests in Libya and Egypt
September 12, 2012
[The United States] rejects all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others -- but there is absolutely no...
Barack Obama on Standing Up for Human Rights in His Democratic National Convention Nomination Acceptance Speech
September 6, 2012
We've reasserted our power across the Pacific, and stood up to China on behalf of our workers. From Burma to Libya to South...
Mitt Romney on Prioritizing Freedom of Religion in His 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech
August 30, 2012
As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's...
Mitt Romney on the Important Role of Faith-Based Social Service Organizations in Public Life
August 21, 2012
As governor of Massachusetts, I worked hard to promote faith-based social-service organizations, and I appointed my wife,...
Barack Obama on Respecting and Protecting Religious Diversity
August 21, 2012
Faith lets us know that there’s something bigger than ourselves, and that requires a certain basic commitment to one...
Mitt Romney on Uniting a Religiously Diverse Country
August 21, 2012
I believe that while we are a country with so many differences in creed and theology, we can all meet in service, in shared...
Mitt Romney Claims in Ad that Obama Is Waging War on Religion
August 9, 2012
Who shares your values? President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions...
Mitt Romney on Obama's HHS Mandate During a Faith and Freedom Coalition Speech
June 16, 2012
The decision by the Obama administration to attack our first freedom, religious freedom, is one which I think a lot of...
Barack Obama on American Reliance on Prayer when Declaring the 2012 National Day of Prayer
May 3, 2012
Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction,...
Newt Gingrich on Crafting a Republican Platform that Supports Religious Liberty
April 8, 2012
We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real...


Religious Liberty

This collection gathers together key candidate statements on religious freedom from the 2011-12 primary and general election campaigns, addressing America's constitutional heritage and contemporary challenges that arise as faith-based institutions seek to partner with the government to promote the common good. You can also view a grid that juxtaposes the major positions of the major candidates here.