President Obama hosts first evangelical summit at the White House
On October 13, 2011 At 9:03 am
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President Obama met with top representatives of the National Association of Evangelicals on Wednesday. The Huffington Post reports that Obama did a lot of listening as international religious freedom was the top priority, followed by immigration reform and whether religious organizations can hire based on religious beliefs while receiving federal funds.
International religious freedom was a top priority for the group as they thanked Obama for condemning the charges against Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor facing execution for his conversion to Christianity.
George Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, cited other cases of people who been persecuted in cases around the world.
"Someone commented that all these things relate to issues of religious freedom," NAE President Leith Anderson said in an interview after the meeting. "He (Obama) did a lot of listening."