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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. Sue in PDX
    4 years ago

    Thank you for publishing this article. While we still have the freedom of speech, let us post this on our own facebook sites, so that others can read it as well. I am a Charismatic Christian, Protestant, and have much respect for Roman Catholics who are faithful to the Word of God. Please do get concerned, this is our children's futures we are contemplating! I'm sure well intentioned people of every denomination voted for Mr Obama. That is the past.
    Now is the time to first pray for his soul and his salvation, then speak up and act. I guess that's why I like the Tea Party Movement, they are speaking up, and they make sense.

  2. Seth
    4 years ago

    Matthew 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.¯

    John 8:7 If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone¯

    Please do a little research before jumping to absurd and unfounded conclusions. If you choose to draw your conclusions before objectively examining the entirety an issue then it can only be assumed that you have a greater interest in performing a political hit job than on truly understanding the issue at hand or protecting those things which you claim are under attack.

  3. JamesO
    4 years ago

    Too many Catholics supported the election of the current President. His history was clear - he openly voted for all types of abortions, had lackluster support (at best) for Israel and had contempt for "traditional" Christian believers. Ahh - doesn't matter - take turn to talk at Notre Dame (we are open minded), have "pro-life" Catholic senators sign-off on a health care package that still has the federal funded abortion language in it (sorry - executive orders do not negate laws passed by Congress), give Israel the least amount of support from any administration, etc.

    Why am I focusing on Catholics (when many other groups helped)? Simple - Catholics are supposed to stand for something.

    Now we have an article worried about the difference of freedom of relgiion vs. freedom of worship. Sorry folks - we are way too far down the road now. You will not be able to stop this movement - regardless of the mid-term elections and regardless of who is elected in the 2012 presidential race.

    You will have to pick your God and follow only one - Read your Bible - it has the details...

  4. Steve
    4 years ago

    For the "holier than thou" Protestants and others who criticize Catholics that voted for Obama - consider that these "Catholics" clearly choose what they follow or ignore in Catholic teaching. They most surely are not truly Catholics, certainly not faithful Catholics. That includes the clergy at every level. The Church has weathered unfaithfulness and the separation of believers before - your very existence is proof of that. Those who stand outside the Church in defiance of some of her teachings denouncing those who claim to be inside the Church in defiance of some of her teachings is droll. The answer is not to attack the Church but to faithfully follow the Church - despite all; and not to be either misled by false leaders that "tickle the ears" nor by repugnance towards those who themselves betray the Church.

    The Church is under attack from within and without; it always has been and always will be. The answer is not to attack the Church but to defend Her as the Bride and Body of Christ.

  5. Jeffsd
    4 years ago

    Ummm, people need to grow up and stop believing in magic. The whole concept of a god is juvenile.

  6. Reasoned
    4 years ago

    How's that hope and change working out for you? Look, when Barry talked about a "fundamental transformation" of America, he meant it. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  7. Like Frogs in Pot of Boiling Water
    4 years ago

    I am dumbfounded by many of my peers and professional contacts that still blindly accept what Obama says. Even when confronted with hardcore numbers from the CBO about heathcare reform, or stats on effect of stimulus, they claim it's all hype from the right.

    I attempt to remind then that I am not a Republican. I am a Libertarian who finds significant fault with both parties.

    What comes to mind is the dumbing-down of our schools - stifling critical thinking, the reliance on brief soundbites without confirmation, and an administration that is preying on the previous 2 issues to completely trounce the concepts our Founding Fathers established.

    And I recall that analogy of a frog in a pot of water brought to a slow boil who will cook himself...

  8. Al Phresceaux
    4 years ago

    He moves us along in small, almost imperceptible steps. What he is working toward is, you have freedom of worship but you can have only one religion. Followed by 'this is the way you shall worship.'.

  9. Incoming
    4 years ago

    Just another example of why ALL Americans (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, etc.) need to pay a LOT MORE ATTENTION to the people we elect. It is also our DUTY to do our part to maintain the freedoms that the founding fathers secured for us. That means inform yourself about the cadidates, pray and then vote. When I read about how many Christians do not even vote, it grates me. I'm sure it also grates all of those who sacrificed to keep this country free. I hope more Christians get out and do their DUTY.

  10. firehawk
    4 years ago

    Question is, if things got as bad as things got during the Spanish Inquisition (only this time the State would be trying to enforce a religion-free public square), would We The People allow our duly elected State Officers to enforce their new "worship" laws they passed against our will? Would We The People stand silent and watch while a street-preacher or a turbaned Sikh or a burka-wearing Muslim woman got hauled off to jail by the cops?

    If the Leftist Thugs try to pull this control of religion stunt, somebody is gonna get thumped. We The People know what the Constitution says and it makes no difference what any crooked cops or kangaroo-court judge say. The Constitution of The United States is the law of the land. All of this "administrative" unionized bureaucratic rule and regulation is a big load that needs to be dumped ASAP. Remember the "government" is us, We The People.

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

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