DeSantis Warns of ‘Threats to Religious Liberty,’ Vows to Reverse ‘Spiritual Decline’

Florida Governor and Presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis vowed Friday to champion “full religious freedom” if elected to the White House next year. DeSantis delivered remarks at the Family Research Council’s ‘Pray, Vote, Stand’ Summit in Washington DC. He spoke about God’s role in his administration and the challenges currently facing Christians in America.

“I don’t know how you could be a leader without having faith in God,” DeSantis said.

“When you stand up for what’s right in this day and age, that is not going to be cost-free. You are going to face blowback, you’re going to face attacks, you’re going to face smears. And it’s the faith in God that gives you the strength to stand firm against the lies, against the deceit, against the opposition.”

DeSantis said that his faith had given him “the foundation to know that all the insults, all the nonsense they throw at you ultimately doesn’t matter because you are aiming higher.”

Still, he reflected on the nation’s issues, telling the audience that America is in “a spiritual decline.”

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The Florida Governor referenced the government “forcibly closing churches and denying people their right to worship” during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns. “The liquor stores were open, the strip clubs were open, but yet they shut the door on the people of faith,” DeSantis recalled.

“I believe that reviving the spirit of America is essential to helping reverse America’s decline. And this revival is going to begin in our religious institutions, our places of work, each of our households, all the institutions that make up the bedrock of society,”

DeSantis also described “threats to religious liberty the likes we have not seen throughout most of American history,” saying that “faith has been treated as secondary to secular concerns in culture.”

“Attempts have been made to wipe our Judeo-Christian religious symbols from our national heritage and national culture. The Left, you know, they talk about saying you can’t be involved in religious practice if you’re in government because it would represent establishment of religion,’”

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However, DeSantis fired back against the Left, saying that “they’re the ones that want to establish a religion.”

“They just don’t want to establish traditional religions. They want political leftism to be the established religion of this country.”

DeSantis referenced the story of high school football coach Joe Kennedy, who was fired in June 2022 for praying after football games. “The fact that it even had to go to the U.S. Supreme Court shows us that religious liberty is not flourishing the way it should in our country,” DeSantis said.

At the summit, DeSantis also promised to defend freedom of religion if elected President.

“We will stop the federal government from targeting men and women on the basis of their faith. Religious schools should not be pressured to violate the tenets of their faith. There will never be a question about whether a faith-based charity that serves the poor deserves First Amendment protections.”

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