Religion is the Answer
Trump is the first U.S. President to bring religious freedom as a main point of discussion before the U.N. Whether you subscribe to an organized religion or not religious freedom is central to a free society. The ability to adhere to personal sincerely held beliefs is the ultimate freedom of choice. You cannot have free speech or access to any other God-given rights without first having freedom of belief, thought, and emotion.
To that point, how can a free country effectively negotiate and interact with countries where this freedom is withheld from it’s citizens and government officials? Moreso, how can a free country remain free if it suppresses or controls those rights? I think Kerby Anderson’s article and Attorney General Barr summarize the issue quite well:
”…the founders of this country had a “supreme test as a free society.” That test was “whether the citizens in such a free society [could] maintain the moral discipline and virtue necessary for the survival of free institutions.” He explained that failing that test would lead to one of two tyrannies. The citizens would either embark on an “unbridled pursuit of personal appetites at the expense of the common good” or else coercive government would step in “to impose restraints.”
He then asked what is the source of virtue and moral discipline that is necessary for self-government. That, he answered, is religion. “Religion helps teach, train, and habituate people to what is good.” This comes in various forms from formal religious training to informal rules (customs, traditions).”
"...what is the source of virtue and moral discipline that is necessary for self-government. That, he answered, is religion."
So I challenge whoever reads this (and myself) to continue to think, learn, teach, and contemplate on your beliefs and then exercise your right to practice them, discuss them, and debate them. Your freedom literally depends on it.