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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. Skip
    4 years ago

    Rueben why do you inject race into this discussion without a shred of evidence. When this happens it is a sure sign you have nothing of value to add. Please stop speculating that your fellow Catholics who happen to disagree with you are somehow racist!! Sheeeeeeshhh!!!!

  2. Steve Deckel
    4 years ago

    I believe that the most correct view of worship encompasses everything we do to bring honor to God. Regardless of the intent in this change in language, I believe it is a more accurate and liberating expression to identify our freedom and align ourselves with the principle of Romans 12:1. We should take advantage of it.

  3. Terry Brennan
    4 years ago

    I thank God everyday for President Obama, who is a practicing Christian, and Hillary Clinton who was raised as a Methodist and worships with her husband , a Baptist. They are by upbringing and their very prayerful lives emmencely important to the healing of our world's wounds. This article, I believe, raises an important issue but then fails to tell us in a convincing way what this change in vocabulary means. I think the author did 1/3 of his job. He left too much unanswered and simply left the door open for more vile, unsubstantiated cruel unchristian hate mongering toward out President. Hate, and the use of vile hate filled rhetoric is a mortal , not a venial sin, and requires confession before you go to communion. The rabid far right has no monopoly on righteousness, and do not deserve to have their nakedly political sniping on what should be a religious web site.

  4. Alex
    4 years ago

    Ruben, if your best defense against opposition is to play the race card, I suggest you brush up on political knowledge to use at your disposal instead of a phony battle cry. The only reason racism exists at all in this country is because people like you desperately try to create it. Those are divisive tactics, and you should be ashamed.

  5. Niecee
    4 years ago

    The US should not be fearful of whether the President stresses religious freedom or worship. We should instead be fearful of those who see a conspiracy in every word spoken, and every gesture made. The comments I just read are filled with paranoia. So what if the phrase "religious worship" is used interchangeably with "religious freedom." The fact of the matter is that within the US we still have religious freedom to worship. You people are fear-mongers and conspiracy theorists with NO backing. Keep your paranoia to yourselves, please.

  6. Dr Peter Wood
    4 years ago

    Although Mr Sly may be justifiably worried about the atheist Left curtailing religious freedoms, his article is a good example of just how confused and unbiblical the thinking is of many of today's so called Christians and religious commentators.
    The story of the Tower of Babel is meant as a warning to us that the God of the Jews and Christians isn't big on multi-culti - for the simple reason that where there is multi-culti there is also a multitude of heathen, pagan and anti-Christian religions which are abominations to God. What kind of Christian, I ask myself, defends what they know to be detested by the God they claim to worship and follow.
    The French and Dutch governments have banned the wearing by Muslim women of the head scarf and Burkah and the German government has banned them in schools ostensibly, for the reason that they are a symbol of the suppression of women in Islam. However it is also an attempt by European nations to retain their Christian identities in the face of growing Islamic fundamentalism by the tens of millions of Europe's Muslims. France's banning the wearing of ostentatiously large crucifixes was made as a sop to critics who argued that Islam was being unfairly treated.

    Dr Peter Wood

  7. Lyvia
    4 years ago

    President Bush marked "Religious Freedom Day"--celebrating the 1786 adoption of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom--by acknowledging that the right to worship freely is fundamental to America's democratic creed. "My administration continues to support freedom of worship at home and abroad," he said this week. --http://www.eppc.org/publications/pubid.3233/pub_detail.asp

    A lot of presidents have used that phrase, including George W Bush. And it's just now a problem because...?

  8. Ruben
    4 years ago

    The xenophobic racism that we see from organizations like the Tea Party have no place in my religion or in Catholic Online. What this article is inferring is that because Obama is some pseudo-Muslim he will somehow chill our religious freedom. For want of a better word this is pure garbage. Through out our history freedom or religion and freedom to worship have been interchangeable and the writer of this article should know it. 24 of the 50 state constitutions (the vast majority in the Bible Belt) do not refer to freedom of religion but guarantee freedom to worship. Are we to say that Arkansas, Kentucky, and Maine are moving toward quashing religious freedom because there guiding documents don't use the magic words "freedom of religion" ? Of course not. But if a Black guy with a funny last name says it, suddenly he will be taking our freedoms away.

    That is poppy-cock. Look I don't agree with everything Obama does, but from day one he has been attacked without even giving him a chance to succeed. I suspect racism, and this article is trying to smear him. There are real reasons why we as Catholics don't agree with the President's policies but I prefer that you criticize him on issues that are real not on some made up, baseless, conspiracy theories.

  9. Jason
    4 years ago

    Catholics MUST start voting their beliefs. The protection of innocent life and the sanctity of the family come before so-called social justice. This means that the Democrats must go. They are all pro-abortion, pro euthanasia, pro-gay marriage, anti school choice, and generally anti-family. All of this far outweighs any positive "social justice" initiatives they propose. After all, welfare has done as much to destroy the family (particularly the biblically-based, father-led family) than anything to come out of Hollywood. So much for the benefits of liberal social justice.

  10. Mac
    4 years ago

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"

    Remind me, which part actually says "freedom of religion"?


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