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‘Christianity Under Siege,’ Donald Trump Warns

Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday, declared that Christians’ religious liberties are in danger.

“Christianity is under tremendous siege,” the Republican presidential contender said. Referring to criticism of his proposal to stop Muslim immigration to the United States, he claimed: “If I said that about Christians, I would have less backup than if I said it about Muslims. … If I said that about Christians, if I said ‘banned,’ I would have had less difficulty. And that’s pretty sad.”

The Hill noted that Trump is competing with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates for the support of Iowa’s religious conservatives, who dominate the process in the state’s Republican caucuses that take place next week.

Trump argued that religious freedom is being subjected to “death by a million cuts.” He added: “We don’t exert the power that we should have. I think some of the churches are afraid of their tax status, losing their tax status if they are too political, some of them can’t endorse. But the fact is, there’s nothing the politicians can do to you if you band together, but the Christians don’t band together.”

The billionaire businessman objected to the use of the greeting “Happy Holidays,” rather than “Merry Christmas.” He told the crowd: “If I get elected president, we are going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ once again, remember that. And by the way, Christianity will have power without having to form because if I’m there, you are going to have plenty of power, you don’t need anybody else. You are going to have somebody representing you very, very well.”

Photo: News Week

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