At the 2014 Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, former Alaska Republican Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin took time in her speech to commend some of those who have and are still undergoing religious persecution.
Palin specifically praised two individuals during her speech at the Omni Shoreham Hotel Friday afternoon–Meriam Ibrahim and Saeed Abedini. Ibrahim earlier this year had been condemned to die in a Sudanese Sharia court for refusing to renounce her Christian faith while Abedini, a Christian pastor, has been held as a prisoner for two years in Iran for his Christian faith. Both earned plaudits from Palin. Speaking about Abedini:
“[Abedini] won’t renounce his faith either… He shares moving letters now, changing lives. And they’re coming from his prison cell, and they’re letters that every free American should read so that we won’t take for granted what it is that we have here with our freedoms.
The former governor continued, connecting their stories with the sanctity of human life:
“Don’t be ashamed to proclaim your values and to live them…We are the movement that says yes — yes to time-tested truths, great virtues, great values. And approaching elections, we’re going to support great leaders that are hammering out and working so hard at that restoration agenda to break this country again from a failed liberal agenda — defeating crony capitalism and respecting and supporting, again, our armed forces so that we may have peace — peace through red, white, and blue strength — and to value the sanctity of innocent life, where children are not seen as disposable and babies as punishment as our own president referred to — now, children are the best ingredients in this messed up world. Why in the world would you want to get rid of them? So we’ll support leaders who are not afraid of truth, and we’ll fight for it as ones worthy of a great nation.”
In the roughly twenty-minute speech, Palin slammed President Obama to thunderous applause on several occasions, even mocking the “latte salute” by bringing out her own coffee cup.
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