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It’s ironic that the left’s hostility to religion is ingrained so deeply that it fails to see the significance of religious belief in the lives of our brave soldiers. It is precisely their faith that soldiers turn to in their most desperate moments — and they often find miracles when hope is difficult to summon.

What kind of leadership puts people on a mission in which they face death, and then tells them to hide the source of their strength? It is a sobering question that reveals how prevalent evil is in the policies of the current administration.

As believers, we have every reason to hope. We know the welfare of this country does not rely solely on our own efforts, but ultimately on a God who cares deeply about each one of us. May God keep us determined, strong and faithful in protecting the religious freedom of our service members. To do less makes us unworthy of their service and sacrifices.

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