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Mark Twain used to say, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
Obama Retreats From "Religious Freedom" to "Freedom of Worship"
Earlier this year, Ashley Samelson, international programs director for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, wrote for First Things that the Obama administration was abandoning the traditional wording of “religious freedom” to the far narrower terminology of “freedom of worship.” As Samelson wrote her February 22 First Things article:
“Freedom of worship” first appeared in a high profile speech in Obama’s remarks at the memorial for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting last November, a few months after his Cairo speech. Speaking to the crowd gathered to commemorate the victims, President Obama said, “We're a nation that guarantees the freedom to worship as one chooses.” Given the religious tension that marked the tragic incident, it was not an insignificant event at which to unveil a new way of referring to our First Freedom.
Shortly after his remarks at Ft. Hood, President Obama left for his trip to Asia, where he repeatedly referred to “freedom of worship,” and not once to “freedom of religion.”
Not long after his return, “freedom of worship” appeared in two prominent speeches delivered by Secretary Clinton. In her address to Georgetown University outlining the Obama Administration’s human rights agenda she used “freedom of worship” three times, “freedom of religion,” not once. About a month later, in an address to Senators on internet freedom at the Newseum, the phrase popped up in her lingo once again.
The shift in terminology, though subtle, is very significant, because it can justifiably be interpreted to imply that religious freedom is restricted to the rites conducted in places of worship if only “freedom of worship” is being upheld. “Religious freedom” is a much broader concept, extending to the expression of one’s beliefs in many areas of life. Again, in the words of Samelson:
To anyone who closely follows prominent discussion of religious freedom in the diplomatic and political arena, this linguistic shift is troubling.
The reason is simple. Any person of faith knows that religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship. It’s about the right to dress according to one’s religious dictates, to preach openly, to evangelize, to engage in the public square. Everyone knows that religious Jews keep kosher, religious Quakers don’t go to war, and religious Muslim women wear headscarves—yet “freedom of worship” would protect none of these acts of faith.
Those who would limit religious practice to the cathedral and the home are the very same people who would strip the public square of any religious presence. They are working to tear down roadside memorial crosses built to commemorate fallen state troopers in Utah, to strip “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, and they recently stopped a protester from entering an art gallery because she wore a pro-life pin.
Read more: The New American
Originally posted by Faiol
obama doesnt have the balls to force religion out of this world
Originally posted by zroth
Obama is just a snake-oil salesman.
He jumps on the scene, like the kool-aid pitcher and all the kids go "yay!" and hold their glass out.
Let's be honest. Obama has switched up his religion more times that a shuffle goes through a playlist on your mp3 player.
The plan for control is simple. Isolate everyone. Every religion knows that strength in numbers is a real thing. So in order to control the population you:
Replace God with some other faith based entity (currency)
Once an indivdual feels alone in this world, they become your slave. This is why the general populous tattles on each other versus building each other up.
Divided we fall.
Religion has forced nudity out of the public sphere.
Religion forced gayness from the public sphere for centuries.
my god says what you like to do is evil, so you can't do it.
Quit worrying about it and trying to impose your rules on others: I don't jack off in public and neither should you. I just sent two bible-thumpers packing from my door after telling them to go out and actually do something for others and quit with the religious masturbation on my doorstep.
I can't speak for the practices of other tribes, but mine didn't practice scalping or headhunting until we learned it from the Spanish.
slavery: prisoners were usually adopted into the tribe if they were fit and useful, and had the right attitudes.
Lumping all Native Americans together is as silly as lumping all Africans or Europeans into one monolithic block.
Scalping and headhunting were long-established European practices, entered into with gusto here.
People like to talk about how "savage" we were,