In his weekly address on Friday, President Donald Trump commemorated both Passover and Easter, but he also addressed the threat terrorism places on religious freedom.
“One of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains the threat of terror,” the president declared. He recalled that “on Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian churches in Egypt. We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones, and we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow.”
Trump laid out an ultimate vision “where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience.”
Despite this mention of terror and his dedication to fight it, the president concluded with a hopeful message, well in keeping with the theme of God delivering the Jews from Egypt and raising Jesus Christ from the dead on Easter. “With God’s grace, life always triumphs over death, freedom overcomes oppression, and faith extinguishes fear. This is the source of our hope—and our confidence in the future,” Trump declared.