JOHNSTOWN, Colo. (CBSDC/AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tells religious conservative voters that President Obama is threatening the country’s “Judeo-Christian” values.

Speaking before a tele-town hall with Faith & Freedom Coalition members Sunday, Ryan warned that Obama is taking the U.S. away from its religious values.

“It’s a dangerous path, 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 and exceptional nation in the first place,” Ryan said, according to CBS News.

Ryan also spoke out against the birth control mandate in the president’s health care law.

“That violates our first, fundamental freedom: Freedom of religion, freedom of conscience,” Ryan said, according to CBS News. “My church is suing the federal government — Catholic churches, hospitals and charities are now suing the federal government just to maintain and preserve our religious freedoms. We should not have to sue our own government to keep our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. But that’s the way it’s going with this administration.”

Ryan will speak at a rally Monday at Johnson’s Corner north of Denver.

Ryan’s visit comes after 1.6 million Coloradans cast their vote early, including 35 percent from Democrats and 37 percent from Republicans.

President Barack Obama spoke before 20,000 supporters at a rally Sunday in Aurora in his final stop in Colorado before Election Day. He said Aurora knows about tragedy after this summer’s shooting at a theater left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

He accused Mitt Romney of trying to hide his positions and pretending to be the candidate of change.

Romney capped off his Colorado campaign with a rally in Englewood Saturday night.

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