As he did in communist China a year ago, President Bush and Laura Bush pushed the government of Vietnam to allow for the basic right of religious freedom.
Mrs. Laura Bush is greeted as she and President George W. Bush arrive for church services Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Cua Bac Cathedral in Hanoi. (White House photo by Eric Draper)
President Bush urged the Vietnamese government to allow its people the basic right of religious freedom during his stop in Hanoi:
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Laura and I just had a moment to converse with God in a church here in Hanoi. We were touched by the simplicity and the beauty of the moment. We appreciate very much the congregation for allowing us to come and worship with them.
A whole society is a society which welcomes basic freedoms, and there’s no more basic freedom than the basic — the freedom to worship as you see fit. And Laura and I were proud to worship with believers here in Hanoi. And we, again, thank the church for the opportunity to come by. My hope is that people all across the world will be able to express religion [sic]* freedom. And it’s our way of expressing our personal faith and, at the same time, urging societies to feel comfortable with, and confident in saying to their people, if you feel like praising God you’re allowed to do so in any way you see fit.
God bless, and thank you.
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pause to greet a young boy as they leave church services Sunday, Nov.1 9, 2006, at the Cua Bac Cathedral in Hanoi. (White House)
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush greet members of Cua Bac Church in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (White House)
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