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Obama Moves away from 'Freedom of Religion' toward 'Freedom of Worship'? Comments

Since the initially strong language on religious freedom used in President Obama's Cairo speech, presidential references to religious freedom have become rare, often replaced, at most, with references to freedom of worship. A purposeful change in language could mean a much narrower view of the right to religious freedom. Does this change of language indicate a change of policy? As Catholics, this is an area where we must remain vigilant. ... Continue Reading

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  1. David Zawistowski
    3 years ago

    Some of the comments here are thoroughly ignorant and hateful. As a Catholic,I'm confident the nation will survive the present Presidency. I would also remind you all THAT WE DID HAVE A CATHOLIC PRESIDENT. (he also had a few flaws) Please stop with the paranoid hate mongering-it's embarrassing.

  2. serena
    3 years ago

    Dear Catholics around the world. Let's all Pray to GOD the FATHER and JESUS CHRIST the SAVOIUR & REDEEMER. May our religion getting stronger and be BLESS. May One Day GOD give us GOOD leader(Perhaps A Catholic President)

    Amen

  3. Ron
    3 years ago

    GW Bush never changed the word "religion" to "worship" in any of his speeches as far as I know. Where did we go wrong? John McCain is such a righteous man. Sara Palin and the Tea Party will save this country in 2012!

  4. Jonas Pell
    3 years ago

    Sounds like paranoid fearmongering to me, I thought the Catholics were more immune to that unlike crackpot Evangelicals. Ironic since the Catholic Church was no friend of religious freedom until others forced them to be civilized

  5. augustine
    3 years ago

    Words matter. Obama and Clinton are highly skilled as "manipulators" through deceptive verbiage while succeeding to eliminate "religion" period. It is nothing more than another way to pacify anyone who is against another "religion" and to satisfy the muslins. There is nothing that Clinton and Obama have to say about "religion" and "worship" that I respect! They are master minds to "distort" fundamental truths of Christianity!!!!! This is definitely not a good thing and I will never ever submit to whatever the President of the United States and Clinton tells us how we are to worship period!! I will continue to be a "Roman Catholic" in everyway! I will continue to defend the Catholic church. . "In the Second Vatican Council's Declaration of Religious Freedom entitled "Dignitatis Humanae", the Church summarizes this right: "Religious freedom, in turn, which men demand as necessary to fulfill their duty to worship God, has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society. Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ."

  6. Crystal
    3 years ago

    To those who say, "don't worry it's just interchangeable words the president and Clinton spoke". I warn, that attitude is like the driver of a speeding car ignoring all the warnings that there is a bridge out up ahead. The efforts of this administration to force its immoral agenda on us, is obvious. I see this wording of "freedom to worship" as an attack on religious freedom that will tear down the building blocks of constitutional rights that support the CONSCIENCE CLAUSE. Since the Catholic Church is a big defender of human rights, it is under attack too. In their big effort to push government control of our health care, this administration systematically picks away at the firm foundation that supports our choice to say NO, I WILL NOT DO HARM to another human being in practice of medicine. In order to keep up with the global momentum of the "culture of death", the path needs to be cleared of opposition to abortion and euthanasia. In America, we love our BILL OF RIGHTS and Constitution, so the administration has to take baby steps, insidiously in that direction, all the while, cutting away our right to life from conception to natural death.

  7. Anne Marie
    3 years ago

    Good news folks, November 2nd, 2010 is coming, a very important mid-term election day is coming, so enough of the complaining and now we must begin to pushback.

  8. Mike
    4 years ago

    Wow. Reading this forum, one has to dodge the number of stones being hurled about by Republicans masquerading as oh-so-pious devotees of the Faith. Up in arms because more Catholics voted for Obama last election...

    Guess what, most voters were fed up of the previous 8 years regime's legacy: two wars-of-choice, together with the consequent deaths of 'not-worth-counting' numbers of innocents along with the guilty. Where were the protestations and denunciations then?

    God bless Obama. Even if some posters think his heart is atheist, its easy for God to use that to steer the world back on the road towards peace...

  9. Glenn Showalter
    4 years ago

    Of the two African American related candidates running in 2008, i said Alan Keys was the better man. GS

  10. HH Higgins
    4 years ago

    If HRC is so anti-Christian, why did she teach Sunday School?


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