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“Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose,” said Obama.
“It’s enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution--the law of the land, always and forever,” said Obama. “It beats in our heart--in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator.”
President Barack Obama—whose administration is being sued by multiple Catholic dioceses, universities, charities and family-owned businesses for violating their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion—told a group of Muslims dining at the White House on Friday that freedom of religion is “foremost” among the God-given rights of man and that he intends to defend it both within the United States and abroad.
in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator
In his iftar speech, Obama's phraseology seemed to define freedom of religion as merely “the right to worship as we choose.” The First Amendment, however, does not use the phrase "freedom of religion" or the word "worship." Rather, it expressly prohibits the government from prohibiting the “free exercise" of religion--meaning government cannot coerce people anywhere in their lives (whether in or outside a house of worship) to act against their consciences or the teachings of their faith.
President Obama did not use the First Amendment's term "free exercise" of religion anywhere in his Iftar Dinner speech.
“Notre Dame’s religious beliefs,” says the suit, “preclude it from offering health care plans to its employees and students that include or facilitate coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, contraception, or related education and counseling about those practices.”
“If the Government can force religious institutions to violate their beliefs in such a manner, there is no apparent limit to the Government’s power,” Notre Dame said.
The regulation took effect on Aug. 1, and Notre Dame’s lawsuit and many others are moving forward.
At the Denver event with Fluke, Obama boasted of the HHS regulation and claimed he had worked with Catholic universities and hospitals to protect their religious liberty.
“And now most health plans are going to begin covering the cost of contraceptive care,” Obama said.
“And listen, we recognize that many people have strongly held religious views on contraception, which is why we made sure churches and other houses of worship, they don’t have to provide it, they don’t have to pay for it,” Obama said. “We worked with the Catholic hospitals and universities to find a solution that protects both religious liberty and a woman’s health.”
Obama mentioned nothing about the ongoing lawsuits against his administration by Notre Dame, Catholic University, Franciscan University and other colleges. Nor did he say anything about the ongoing lawsuits by Catholic dioceses and charities. Nor did he say anything about protecting the religious freedom of Catholic laypersons—who, as the Catholic bishops unanimously pointed out—will be forced by Obama’s regulation to act against their faith.
At the end of his White House Iftar speech, Obama noted the recent murderous attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
“The attack on Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans,” said Obama. “No American should ever have to fear for their safety in their place of worship. And every American has the right to practice their faith both openly and freely, and as they choose.
“That is not just an American right; it is a universal human right,” Obama said at that White House Iftar Dinner. “And we will defend the freedom of religion, here at home and around the world.”
Originally posted by Viesczy
Isn't it really correct to say that we have freedom FROM religion?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.