Republican presidential candidates discussed attacks on religious rights at the Saturday night debate in New Hampshire.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the Obama administration's policies amounted to a "war on religion."
"When we see this administration not giving money to Catholic Charities for sexually trafficked individuals because they don't agree with the Catholic Church on abortion, that is a war against religion," Perry said.
"And it's going to stop under a Perry administration," he declared.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also pointed out the discrimination against Catholic agencies that oppose gay marriage.
"Should the Catholic Church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won't accept gay couples, which is exactly what the state has done?" he asked.
"There's a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side. And none of it gets covered by the news media," he added, drawing applause from the audience.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romey agreed, saying "As you can tell, the people in this room feel that Speaker Gingrich is absolutely right and I do, too."