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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. Susan
    4 years ago

    Good grief. Such hysteria, knee-jerk reactions, fantasy and hatred displayed by those who would profess religion. Shame on those who display such disrespect for the Office of the President and Mr. Obama. He is no better or no worse than any other president who has resided in the White House. The major, deep-seeded racism that permeates society once again simply was brought to the surface when this mixed race man was elected. He is so incredibly much better than George W. Bush, there is simply no comparison. Racism is ugly and those who embrace it always try to mask it by calling it other bogeyman names.

    This is America. The religious simply must learn to live with the idea that there are many of us who are NOT religious, and the numbers are growing. We demand that our voices be heard, too. Being non-religious does not mean lawlessness, anarchy or any other fear-mongering false description the religious like to parade around to "demonstrate" their "superiority" -- and to raise funds.

    We are all human beings, the religious and non-religious, we follow the law, we all strive to be gentle, kind people who try to help others. Religion has nothing to do with anything, it is all about an orderly society. It would serve this country well if the religious would not fear those who do not believe as they do, who do not blindly follow some unproven dogma or who are otherwise different from them. Those who profess to be religious are the ones who seem to wish harm to those who are not. Just what kind of religion would approve?

  2. KarlinPhoenix
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this informative article. Words do have meanings; by Barack Obama's use of different words to describe our 'Freedom of Religion' to now be, 'Freedom of Worship' shows a decided move in Obama's interpretation of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. Could it be that Barack Obama is a President AND Supreme Court all rolled into one deceptive man of questionable background? I have to wonder why it is Barack Obama's duty to 'reach out' to this planet's Muslims in order to 'repair' our relationship with them after the Muslim Jihadi terrorists flew airplanes into buildings, murdering 3,000 of our countrymen. I think this is foolishness on the part of Barack Obama and I question Obama's true motivations in talking bad about America to the believers of the political ideology that killed Americans on September 11, 2001 and during other Muslim Jihadi terrorist attacks since 1979. America has changed a lot since Barack Obama 'took' the Office of the President, particularly our language and our economy. Based on this article, it looks like Barack Obama is making inroads at changing what is 'religion', too.

  3. Viking
    4 years ago

    What we need is freedom FROM religion.

  4. Elwood
    4 years ago

    If you ask me, "freedom of worship" is more inclusive than "freedom of religion," not less. People of many practices do not consider their beliefs to constitute a religion. There is no threat here. The president should be able to use a thesaurus without provoking the ire or entire organizations.

  5. John
    4 years ago

    FormerLifeLongCatholic, you are right that those who voted for Obama, or any other politician that supports Pro-Choice (or as I say "Pro-Murder), should stay seated during Communion. I wrote our Bishop about this very subject last year and I got the typical answer about all of us being God's children and we should be tolerant and pray for conversion. I responded by telling the Bishop that many have left the Catholic Church because the Church won't remove Pro-Choice parishoners and priests from their roles. I have several Catholic friends who voted for Obama who say they did so because they are not "one issue" voters. Well, if sanctity of the womb and protecting the life of the unborn is not the number one issue we should be voting for, then what is? We are losing our country to those who don't abort their children. Is it any wonder that it appears that God has turned his back on us?

  6. Paul Drozdiak
    4 years ago

    In reading the quote by Professor Carl Esbeck, I became confused. Why should America be responsible to seek to repair relations fractured by 9/11??? Did America fracture relations or did the Muslim world. Why don't THEY seek to repair relations???

    Carl Esbeck, professor of law at the University of Missouri, is quoted by Christianity Today as saying, "The softened message is probably meant for the Muslim world, said. Obama, seeking to repair relations fractured by 9/11, is telling Islamic countries that America is not interfering with their internal matters."

  7. Raised Catholic
    4 years ago

    You guys are all crazy, spouting your nonsense that President Obama is a Muslim and all that. Absolutely nuts. Since when has he been trying to push for ANY particular religion? You commenters are so irrational as to complain that he's both an atheist and a Muslim in the same sentence. Make up your minds, people! And perhaps base your opinions on evidence instead of irrational prejudice. Perhaps that is why I choose to WORSHIP from home these days.

  8. Edward Brownlee
    4 years ago

    I am an atheist, that said, Christians think of me as a sinner; Christians also think of themselves as sinners, albeit saved ones. This is equality.
    I started to worry about Obama and religion when Ed Schultz especially, and the Obama team in general, used Jesus as a crutch supporting universal health care and raising taxes. The former President was painted as a religious nut case but the current President was cheered on for his higher, if unevidenced, spirituality.
    Atheists don't worship, perhaps we are last class dhimmis in the new America. We didn't have to worry about that under Christian-influenced government.
    By the way, I voted for Palin, McCain just happened to be at the top of the ticket.

  9. Robert Boggs
    4 years ago

    Judging from the direct quotes from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton displayed in this article, I find absolutely nothing threatening. The writer is either delusional or paranoid or a little of both. Freedom of worship is freedom of religion and vice-versa. Nobody is threatening to abolish the Catholic Mass or the First Holy Communion, for God's sake. Freedom of worship also allows Moslems, yes them, to worship freely in this American society. And the same goes for Wiccans and their rituals honoring their nature gods. And for Mormons to do whatever it is they do inside those temples. Chill out Catholics! Obama is not threatening your religion. Separation of Church and State Forever.

  10. Grundoon
    4 years ago

    By Obama's 1000th day in office, of all those who voted for him, only the ignorant and the arrogant will not be ashamed or sorry they did.


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