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By Rabbi Aryeh Spero

There are today powerful forces arrayed against the Jewish people—not simply from the right, but predominately and with greater cultural influence from the political left.

(January 23, 2020 / JNS) The Jewish community is experiencing an explosion of anti-Jewish attacks, both physical and ideological. Jews have been gunned-down or stabbed in Pittsburgh, San Diego, Jersey City and Monsey, and are being pushed, beaten and cursed on the streets of New York, in particular Brooklyn. The attacks are happening against the community and individuals, in Jewish institutions and on subways, almost on a daily basis.

We have entered a new time.

Jewish students on campuses all across America are singled out for bullying and harassment by Islamic student groups and anti-Israel professors, not only for being supporters of Israel but simply because they are Jewish. The influential New York Times and media outlets such as MSNBC have ramped up their historic anti-Israel rhetoric, as well as their distaste for Orthodox and Zionist Jews. Beyond doubt, the harsh condemnations of all things Israeli and Jewish, the demonization and pejorative labels have trickled down from the ivory towers to the neighborhoods on the ground.

Though neo-Nazis, leftist anti-Zionists and Jew-haters within the African-American and Islamic communities often disagree, they are united in their animus towards Jews. There are today powerful forces arrayed against the Jewish people—not simply from the right, but predominately and with greater cultural influence from the political left.

Thus far, those in the establishment have been unable or unwilling to stop the daily harassment of Jews on campus and on New York City streets. Aside from the trauma of what we are witnessing on the streets, many in the Jewish community now rightfully acknowledge that we have a crisis in Jewish organizational leadership. Our major organizations—be it the ADL, the JCRC or many Federations—are failing us.

Furthermore, the loyalty of these organizations with liberal/left ideology renders them unwilling to point to and combat the pernicious negativity against Jews coming from members within certain minority groups. Similarly, they are reluctant to condemn unequivocally the anti-Jewish rhetoric coming from groups within the Democrat Party, which is dangerously filtering down across the country and into the streets. That said, we maintain that at this juncture, antisemitism has not gripped the American heartland.

In light of this dereliction of duty, a “Jewish Leadership Summit” of experienced activists and grassroots leadership was convened to set forth a set of serious proposals to be discussed by local Jewish communities and individual Jews who want to protect America’s Jewish institutions and people. We can no longer wait. The history of these organizations, as well as the present make-up of their staff and bureaucrats, does not give us confidence. Moreover, it is a valued American tradition for grassroots movements and individuals to energize their sphere when establishment groups have grown tired and pre-occupied elsewhere.

The following recommendations from the summit are intended as a jumping-off point for Jews, as well as our non-Jewish friends, to begin a forceful and honest discussion as to what needs to be done by Jews for self-defense and protection. Consider it a “10-Point Call to Action.” We will be issuing a formal Declaration in several days.


Promote the ethic and mitzvah of self-protection.

Encourage Jews to be trained in legal self-defense measures, e.g., martial arts and responsible firearm use and non-lethal weapons such as mace.

Promote athletic and strength-building activities to instill a self-confident demeanor.


In addition to outside hired security guards, members of congregations should enroll in synagogue protection programs.


Densely populated Jewish neighborhoods should establish patrols or shomrim organizations to constantly do walk-throughs on the streets.

While we welcome the help of outside groups, it is incumbent that we bear a responsibility to protect our families. The image of a toughened neighborhood will discourage would-be perpetrators.

Rabbis and Jewish educators should encourage such avenues of self-protection.

Promote tax credits for community safety patrols and training.


Recruit pro bono lawyers willing to represent Jewish victims of attacks and harassment, as well as those Jews who fought back in self-defense and are now being sued by the perpetrators or prosecuted by government entities.


Work against dangerous ideas such as “bail reform” and “justice reform” measures that release violent, hate-based criminals back to the streets free to re-attack, and give victims’ and witnesses’ names and contact information to criminals.


Do not fund candidates who either are unwilling to explicitly condemn antisemitism in and of itself, or candidates who align themselves with radical causes that culminate in anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rhetoric.

Stop funding and donating to colleges that allow BDS movements on campus, student organizations steeped specifically in anti-Israel programming, or professors and departments pushing anti-Israel boycotts and maligning supporters of Israel.

Stop giving to those Jewish organizations that consistently find fault with and criticize Israel, and elevate and “dialogue” with anti-Israel spokespeople.

Do not fund groups or individuals that use incendiary language against Zionism and speak of “white privilege.” This incendiary language ends up fueling attacks against Jewish institutions and individuals, especially in urban neighborhoods.


So as to stop violence against Jews, it is crucial to identify those sources even if it comes from minority groups. There is an excess of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric coming out of mosques and madrassas as well as militant segments in the black community.

So as to be confronted they must first be exposed. Demands must be made of leaders in those communities to speak against anti-Jewish phraseology and to shun and ostracize those members engaged in it.


These attacks should not be whitewashed simply as a form of hate or intolerance or mental illness. It is specifically Jew-hatred. We cannot assume that those who speak against hate and intolerance are equally against antisemitism.


The failure of establishment major Jewish organizations to effectively condemn or diminish the antisemitism on American campuses, in mosques, in minority neighborhoods, and among a host of “progressive” officials is due to their choosing leftwing politics over the needs of the Jewish community. This is a sacrifice that most sane Jews should not be willing to offer.

The survival and safety of the Jewish People is the greatest of Jewish goals and values and must override the professed leftwing values that often collide with Jewish survival. Thus, it seems necessary for concerned Jewish citizens to not fully depend on the major Jewish organizations that very likely will malign and sabotage Jewish self-defense efforts that do not conform to the liberal/leftist goals prioritized by establishment organizations.

We call for a new grassroots movement as well as courageous individual Jews who will be needed to fight the battles that may reach our doorsteps.


Reach out to local, state, and federal law enforcement, first responders and government officials.

Make relationships with local media outlets to ensure that attacks on Jews are accurately and consistently reported.

Conversations with neighboring communities should not be done under an attitude of appeasement nor with the sociological guilt that too often dominates what poses as “dialogue.” They should be honest conversations, conducted with self-confidence and with an expectation, without excuse-making, for civil behavior. Excuses for antisemitism under a call for “understanding” should not be countenanced. Network with communal and civic organizations, community-based groups, and religious leaders, Jewish and non-Jewish.

Respect the customs and culture of the community wherein you live.

The power of education, especially for our young people, has great potential. A forthright curriculum needs to be drafted, for as of yet the curriculum and pamphlets being distributed have not accomplished the task.


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President Trump Restores the Original Intent of the First Amendment

January 16, 2020 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero made the following statement today:

“Today President Trump truly made Religious Freedom Day a day of celebration for those communities and individuals who live a religious life.  In a long-needed and bold gesture, the President leveled the playing field so that people of faith are no longer treated as second-class citizens by our public institutions.

“There can be no doubt that the eight years of the previous administration instituted orders and promoted an attitude that purposely made people of faith uncomfortable in our public institutions, including schools, and promoted a sense that religious people were outside the mainstream and harmful to general society.  It was a low point in our nation’s history.

“There are many concrete demonstrations in today’s guidelines and announcements by President Trump that will, thank God, dramatically change the atmosphere and resurrect the religious freedom upon which this country was founded.  The biblical life and the values and manners that derive therefrom are and have been the most vital feature in shaping the unique American society and opportunities from which we continually receive blessing.

“More than any president in my lifetime, President Trump has fulfilled his campaign pledges and done so with clarity, full heart, and in a manner filled with conviction and designed for effectiveness.“

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Newsmax Interview of Rabbi Spero: A Bold Response to Recent Attacks on Jews

 See Rabbi Spero’s interview on Newsmax TV this week wherein he makes the point that the attacks against Jews in the New York area are now coming predominantly from perpetrators in the African-American and Muslim communities: Rabbi Spero challenges the leaders of these communities to acknowledge this reality and root out this problem within their communities.
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Rabbi Spero on Foxnews Regarding Recent Anti-Jewish Attacks

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Time for African-American, Latino, and Muslim Communities to Root Out the Jew-Hatred That is Spurring Attacks on Jews in the New York Metropolitan Area

December 29, 2019 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero released the following statement today:


“Virtually every recent stabbing and attack on Jews in New York City and the metropolitan area has been perpetrated by a black, Hispanic or sympathizers with jihad. It is time for leaders of those communities to admit to anti-Semitism within their midst and STOP it. Time for truth telling. Perpetrators must be punished.

“New York’s extremely liberal politicians speak about anti-Semitism, but are not using anywhere near the force of law to bring these perpetrators to justice. In fact, we’re hearing that last week’s attackers against Jews, who were black or Hispanic, have already been released and are back on the streets.

“Much of the hatred against Jewish people is being fueled by jihadist talk, and yet, because of political correctness, authorities are not doing the pre-reconnaissance that common sense dictates.

“We have heard the evasive platitudes about ‘extremism’, ‘intolerance’, ‘hate’, but what we are witnessing in these attacks is raw anti-Semitism, specifically against Jews. Call it what it is! New York’s liberal politicians want us to believe that this is coming from a climate of ‘extremism’ and ‘white supremacists’, whereas in the metro area it is a Jew-hatred being fomented within the minority communities.

“The major Jewish organizations have failed the Jewish community by not calling out or pressuring the minority communities responsible for these attacks. They are wedded to liberalism’s clichés and goals and, even now, routinely choose their partnerships with minority communities over the safety of Jewish individuals.

“Unfortunately, the Democrat Party knows that the Jewish community will remain an enthusiastic constituency even though the Party is silent while anti-Semitism grows within its midst, as seen with Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and other outspoken members of their caucuses. The Jewish Community is relinquishing its leverage in service to its undying infatuation with liberalism and the Democrat Party.

“Many of the policies of the mainstream liberal Jewish organizations are militating against solving this crisis:

  • they have been backers of open borders;
  • they have been against necessary vetting of those coming from Muslim countries;
  • they are against what they call ‘profiling’;
  • they are for ‘bail reform’ leading to immediate release of suspects; and
  • they are the first to call ‘racist’ anyone who asks the minority communities to begin fighting the anti-Semitism in their midst.

“Friends: the time for feel-good ‘dialogue’ is over. Jewish organizations must get past worrying more about the sensitivities of other minorities and their leaders over the lives and safety of the Jewish people.

“People ask: why is there not an outcry over the daily violence against Jews as there would be if the targets were black, Muslim, or LGTB? The answer is that the high-profile mainstream liberal Jewish organizations that often spearhead public outcries when minorities are attacked are far less angered when similar attacks happen against Jews if the perpetrators are from minority groups. If these attackers in the NYC metro area had been white or Christian, the establishment liberal Jewish organizations and political leaders definitely would be howling and using the opportunity to condemn America and its way of life.

“Conference of Jewish Affairs has reached out to other leaders and is calling for a Summit of Jewish Leaders to address these issues. More details to follow.”


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Hanukah: The First Battle against Transnationalism and the Deep State

Many think of Hanukah as a fight for religious freedom. While religious freedom was at stake, it was part of a broader battle in behalf of the concept of national identity. The Maccabees, local Judeans who spearheaded the revolt against the overpowering northern Syrian Greeks and who inspired the grassroots, did so for the overarching cause of retaining Judea’s identity and Jewish character, which were under assault by those trying to denude Judea of its distinctiveness.

The story begins in the waning years of the Greek empire, 150 years after the death of Alexander the Great. The eastern branch of the Greek empire was headquartered in Antioch, Syria and under the Seleucid monarch, Antiochus. He expected all countries under his jurisdiction to surrender their national sovereignty and independence and its citizens begin seeing themselves as citizens of the world, the Hellenic world.

At first, there were the usual military attacks by the Seleucids against Judea. But that changed. Instead of undertaking costly military campaigns to accomplish this, Antiochus, circa 175 BC, reasoned it would be easier and less conspicuous to bring Judea under heel by simply de-Judaizing it, by forbidding Israel’s core and distinctive religious practices and educating its children in the mores of the hedonistic gymnasium. It worked.

In the beginning, many Judeans were lulled into feeling that the multicultural push would not endanger their own culture and distinctiveness and were actually open to the benefits of global Hellenism. Soon, however, the Seleucid’s moved beyond multiculturalism to demonizing the Judean and Jewish way of life as anachronistic and an impediment to Hellenistic fraternity and progress. Religious observance — that part of the religious milieu that was distinctively Jewish — and religious teachers were outlawed.

Antiochus went so far as to desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem (known as the Beit Ha’mikdash) by installing images of Zeus on its holy platforms and altars. This was meant to be more than a defilement of Israel’s religious ethos, but a pulverizing of its very national identity as well, since the Temple was the religious and civic symbol of Jewish nationhood. The goal was to sweep away Judea’s sense of nationalism and replace it with trans-nationalism, a loyalty and conformity to global Hellenism.

Moreover, it was a brazen transformative act, one specifically aimed at redefining and changing the concept of holiness so important and central to the residents and ancestors bequeathed the land between the Mediterranean and Jordan. The Syrian-Greek social engineers understood that when you redefine the historic morals and animating principles of a people and country, the nation has been conquered.

The Maccabee family, headed by Mattityahu and his five sons, rose up and said: “No More!” Through guerilla tactics they defeated the Syrian soldiers stationed within the borders. They began as a small group who immediately attracted hundreds of other patriots. After many skirmishes, they finally reached the Temple in Jerusalem, captured it, cleaned and purified it, and re-lit the Menorah whose oil shouldn’t have lasted longer than its one-day’s supply, but miraculously burnt for eight days.

Some of the Maccabees perished in battle. But in the end, the Maccabees achieved a military conquest on the ground, a spiritual victory in the Temple, and an ideological affirmation in the hearts and souls of their countrymen. A dedicated few, as during our Revolutionary War, can pull off miracles.

Why, however, did it take a small band of ancient Minutemen to rise up against the invaders? Where were Judea’s rulers, its powerful elites? Why was the rebellion left to the grassroots? It is because the elites had already been co-opted and had succumbed to the power and glamour of the Seleucids. They had forsaken their own countrymen, had bought into fashionable transnationalism, and were amply rewarded, elevated, and honored by the Syrian-Greek rulers. They were on the side of Seleucid and wanted a neutered and uber-cosmopolitan polity. They were what we call the “Deep State” and globalists, a cadre of government insiders who identify more with the prevailing world ruling class than with their own countrymen.

Historians tell us that Menelaus, a powerful Judean eager to shed Judea of its distinctively Jewish character, strategized the infiltration of Syrian Greeks into Judean institutions.

Worse, a large segment of the priestly cast, the clergy who worked in the Jerusalem Temple, sided with the transnationalists and, reports indicate, it was they who made possible Antiochus’s placement of Zeus in the Temple. Many even betrayed Mattityahu and his five sons.  The Maccabees and their partisans battled not only an enemy from without but enemies from within, including civil servants and old-line families. These were the multi-culturalists, the cultural Marxists of their time.

After the victory, sovereignty was restored; a sense of pride and nationalism obtained, and the Maccabees became the new rulers and the kings of Israel, its royalty. They called themselves the Hashmanoim. For almost a century, the efforts and effects of the original Maccabees prevailed. But after a century, Mattityahu’s great, great descendants were lured away by the same notions and enticements of transnationalism and betrayed to the Romans the very Judea handed to them by their Maccabee forebears. This perfidy ended much worse. The Temple was not simply temporarily defiled as before, but in 70 AD destroyed by the Romans completely.


[Originally published in the American Thinker, Dec. 23, 2019]
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Our gratitude to President Trump for Issuing Executive Order That Will Help Protect Jewish Students on America’s Campuses


Rabbi Spero was invited to the White House on the day of President Trump’s signing of the Executive Order.

We were honored to be present at the White House on the day President Trump signed his Executive Order protecting Jewish students from the harassment, bullying, and intimidation on American campuses coming primarily from Islamic student associations and leftwing professors and groups.

Our gratitude goes out to President Trump, who has been, without doubt, the greatest friend Israel and the Jewish people have ever had among our presidents and among world leaders. Those whose partisanship — and whose hatred of our President — have blinded them should no longer be viewed as worthwhile or serious participants in our national conversation. Their toxicity should be contained to themselves.  Let the nation be spared.

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President Trump Stands Up for Jewish Students on American Campuses

December 11. 2019 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero released the following statement today:


“We are grateful to and applaud President Trump and his administration for signing an Executive Order that withholds federal money from those educational institutions, such as colleges and universities, that turn a blind eye and fail to combat anti-Semitism taking place on their campuses.”


Rabbi Spero continued: “Due to aggression coming from many students on and off campus obsessed by anti-Israel attitudes, and due to inflammatory speeches and accusations coming from speakers at Islamic Studies Departments on campus, as well as anti-Israel pronouncements from some leftwing faculty members, an anti-Israel atmosphere is prevailing on many campuses that recently has devolved into actual anti-Jewishness. This anti-Jewishness has resulted in harassment, physical and verbal, of Jewish students and the enactment of bullying activities aimed at intimidating and ostracizing Jewish students from normal campus live. Such intolerance and constant harassment is a new and totally unacceptable condition for the United States of America.

“With the expansion of some of the Title VI provisions, President Trump is once again fighting anti-Semitism to a degree former presidents have not and to a degree Congress, under Speaker Pelosi, is still unwilling to do. Unfortunately, many college and university deans and administrators seem unwilling or are fearful of standing against the bullies harassing the Jewish students. They are allowing their campuses to become arenas of never-ending political bullying as opposed to fields of tranquil institutional learning.
“President Trump”, Rabbi Spero added, “will not sit idly by while Jewish students are harassed for being Jewish or for having affection for Israel, a Jewish state.”
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Rabbi Spero’s Statement about Pensacola Terrorist Attack

Rabbi Spero released the following statement today:
Today’s murderous rampage against our soldiers at Naval Air Station Pensacola was perpetrated by a foreign national from one of the Islamic countries in the Middle East. Unfortunately, this is not a surprise; for this has happened repeatedly now on numerous military bases here: Fort Hood; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tennessee; and recruitment centers; and let’s not forget 9/11 itself. The killings come from the same source and ideology.
Certain law enforcement officials, so as not to frighten the public or because they wish to be politically correct, are too often “searching” for the motive behind the terrorism. They may pretend not to know, but the American people and all reasonable and sane people in the West know that it is due an ideology, and ideology against the West, against Christianity, against Israel, and against America…against the infidel.
President Trump was correct in the beginning months of his Administration to place a halt on immigration from those countries that teach, whose religion teaches, a hate and a call to jihad. He sees his job, rightly so, as protecting the American people. We call that concept “America first.” It is basic and common sense…and moral.
There are many liberals who seem to prioritize the sensitivity of the community spawning all this murder as more important than the lives of the American individuals killed in these rampages. Perhaps their children and family are not members of the military bases across the country, nor do they frequently visit.
The issue can no longer be about sensitivity, rather our lives. America does not need to prove that it is not “racist” nor does it need to prove that it is not “Islamophobic.” Liberals are obsessed by proving our innocence and do so by choosing political correctness over the lives of the American people and national security. They are unduly influencing the decisions in this country, doing so for their virtue signaling as opposed to the protection of the American people.
It is high time that we begin framing these issues under the more important category of saving lives. We should tell liberals to find a good psychologist to work on their guilt, virtue signaling, and disdain for the American way of life. We, as Americans, should decide based on common sense. That is the real issue.
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Newsmax: “Jewish Group Urges Army to End Ban on Biblical ‘Dog Tags’ “

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By Todd Beamon    |   Thursday, 05 December 2019 

The Conference of Jewish Affairs on Thursday asked the Army to reconsider a ban on replica dog tags displaying the agency’s emblem and Bible references because it bars a “personal touchstone for our warriors seeking a sense of higher mission and divine protection.”

“No soldier is forced to inscribe a biblical verse on his personal dog tag, though the Army has over the years allowed soldiers to do so if they wish,” Rabbi Aryeh Spero, the conference’s president, said in a letter to Paul Jensen, director of the Army Trademark Licensing Program.

“Those who choose to do so feel a sense of confidence, inner strength, and inspiration when wearing or looking at their tag prior to battle or during moments of anxiousness or contemplation.

“It is not done for purposes of religious missionizing, rather as a personal touchstone for our warriors seeking a sense of higher mission and divine protection,” Spero said.

“The Army is not promoting religion, rather allowing soldiers to exercise their personal religious needs.”

In August, Jensen banned a faith-based company, Shields of Strength LLC, from selling the medallions with the scriptures after Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), complained that such “proselytizing merchandise” violated Pentagon policy.

Shields of Strength, The Army Times reports, has been selling the replica tags under an Army-granted license in 2012, though they had sold millions of tags to servicemembers without a license since 1998.

In July, the Marine Corps Trademark Counsel banned Shields of Strength, based in Beaumont, Texas, from using the branch’s emblem on its products after receiving a complaint from MRFF, the Army Times reports.

The Conference of Jewish Affairs is based in Bedminster, N.J.

In his Army letter, Spero suggested that the agency’s “reflexive” decision was “hastily made.”

He also slammed MRFF as a “one-man operation” in which Weinstein “has been on a campaign for decades to expunge from the public sphere any expression of sentiments or values sourced in the Bible.”

Spero proposed that Weinstein’s threat of legal action — “as has been his practice for decades” — led the Army to “reverse an honorable tradition.”

“Weinstein has no official standing,” the rabbi continued. “He is simply a private citizen who appears to have an animus against Christian beliefs and expressions.

“Instead of submitting to his bullying,” Spero said, “he should be rebuffed.”

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CJA STATEMENT: President Trump: A Trailblazer for Truth and Courage, a Partner in Jewish Destiny

November 18, 2019 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero made the following statement today regarding the Administration’s announcement that the United States will no longer consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem as “inconsistent with international law”.

“Conference of Jewish Affairs endorses President Trump’s and Secretary Pompeo’s breakthrough thinking and willingness to seek out and abide by historic and legal truths.

“President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are to be commended and admired for recognizing Israel’s historic and legal right to build housing on the Jewish land of Judea and Samaria and for boldly recognizing the right of individual Jews and the Jewish nation of Israel to implant communities and Jewish social life on the ancestral and holy ground which constitutes Eretz Israel.

“President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are trailblazers and the world is fortunate for their courage, vision, and consummate abilities.”

Rabbi Spero concluded, “Israel and the Jewish People have never had a greater friend than President Donald J. Trump.”

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Join us at The Anglosphere Society’s upcoming Symposium: “The Rise of Global Religious Intolerance”

We are delighted that Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero will be one of the featured speakers at The Anglosphere Society’s upcoming Symposium at the Princeton Club:


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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CJA Statement: President Trump is the Religious Freedom President


September 23, 2019 – Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman, released the following statement today:

Today President Trump earned the distinction of being the Religious Freedom President. In front of the United Nations, he spoke in soaring rhetoric that was profound, bold, and forthright. He proclaimed the foundational American principle that our religious freedom is a right from God Himself.

It was obvious that the President’s remarks were not simply perfunctory, rather deeply felt and deeply important to him personally. We were grateful for him once again spotlighting the scourge of anti-Semitism, something that he has chosen to speak about more than any other president.

His humanity shone forth as he spoke about the many prisoners of conscience and those oppressed by terrorists as well as Christians persecuted around the world simply for believing in their heart. And, he was generous to those who have been victims of religious persecution and to those who are working to rescue people of faith from the clutches of terrorism.