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GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has said that President Barack Obama, who is hoping to be re-elected as the country's leader on Tuesday, is taking the nation down a "dangerous path" that compromises "Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values."
"It's a dangerous path," Ryan remarked at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event hosted by evangelical leader Ralph Reed on Sunday in Colorado. "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."
In particular, he highlighted the Obamacare HHS Mandate that forces religious employers, with some exceptions, to provide insurance that includes contraceptive coverage ad birth control. As this goes against official Roman Catholic Church doctrine, a number of Catholic institutions around the country have protested and held rallies against the mandate, saying that their religious freedoms are being infringed.
"We should not have to sue the federal government to keep our constitutional freedoms," Ryan declared. "Imagine what he would do if he actually got reelected. It just puts a chill down my spine."
Ryan, who is a Roman Catholic, shared with the crowd that his faith plays an important role in his life, and has given him and his family courage to take on the challenges at this campaign. He added that he prays throughout the day, and that he keeps a rosary in his pocket, ABC News reported.
Ryan shared with the crowd that he has received the support of his hometown Catholic priest in Janesville, Wis., who has told him to "have no fear," as he faces the final day before the election.
"And that's how the Lord sustains me," Ryan continued. "No fear…It's the prayer from my pastor, my family, with my family, and also it's the prayers that are offered to me from perfect strangers that I know are out there praying, for Mitt and myself, and our families, and our families are doing great."
The congressman shared his hope that people will continue praying and giving the GOP campaign their support.
"It's because so many people around this country are praying for us and offering their prayers and coming up and giving us so many mementos that show they really care about this country and that they're praying for us," Ryan continued.
Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate, has said that he will defend religious freedom if he is elected as leader. President Obama has made the same pledge, as highlighted by a report by The Christian Post that compares the official campaign promises of both candidates.
"In a changing world, my commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering. As American's diversity grows, we have a chance to reaffirm the pluralism that has defined us as a nation. A pluralism expansive enough to protect the rights of all to speak their minds and to follow their conscious," Obama has promised in a campaign ad that directly addresses the American people.