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.
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Castle Rock, Colo. Credit: AP
"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.
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Mansfield, Ohio. Credit: AP
"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.