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Obama emphasizes religious freedom at prayer breakfast

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders today that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

Speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, Obama cast his message as an international call for human rights, singling out countries that he said have fallen short, particularly when it comes to extending protections and freedoms to all faiths.

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