WASHINGTON - At Thursday morning's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, President Barack Obama used his speech to condemn religious persecution in Middle Eastern countries as well as China and Africa.
"History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful," Obama said. "Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So freedom of religion matters to our national security."
Then the President said religious persecution is detrimental to personal faith. "To harm anyone in the name of faith is to diminish our own relationship with God," Obama said.
He then condemned killing innocents. "The killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God's will. In fact, it's the ultimate betrayal of God's will."