Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan issued some strong words on the religious liberty front over the weekend. Just one day after President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released an ad praising the president for leading America “with faith values,” Ryan fervently disagreed.
During a phone call with thousands of Faith and Freedom Coalition members, the vice-presidential candidate warned about what a second Obama term would look like. Taking aim predominately at the administration’s controversial contraceptive mandate, Ryan said that the president’s plans would threaten the nation’s faith-inspired heritage. He also decried the “dangerous path” Obama has purportedly set America on.
“It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty, and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, western civilization values that made us such a great an exceptional nation in the first place,” he said of Obama’s policies surrounding health care and religious freedom.
Ryan also noted that the Catholic Church is embroiled in a legal battle with the administration over the contraceptive mandate, which many Christians argue forces some religious people to violate conscience.
“We should not have to sue the federal government to keep our constitutional freedoms,” Ryan continued. “Imagine what he would do if he actually got reelected. It just puts a chill down my spine.”
The candidate also thanked those individuals who are praying for and supporting Mitt Romney and Ryan. Additionally, he shared that he keeps a rosary in his pocket and that he prays with his family daily.