Obama alludes to atheists, gays at National Prayer Breakfast speech on religious freedom

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President Barack Obama speaks at Intel's Fab 42 in Chandler, AZ on January 25, 2012.

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President Barack Obama speaks at Intel's Fab 42 in Chandler, AZ on January 25, 2012.

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President Barack Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech packed a world of religious freedom woes into 12 short minutes. Here’s what you missed, and what it all meant, written in about the same time it took him to deliver the speech.

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  • Warrington MacElroy

    That is why I voted twice for Barack Obama. I share his values. I cannot fathom how any sane human being can possibly disagree with any of those statements and it is because I believe every one of them that I agree to disagree, agreeably with whomever they may be.

  • Doc Anthony

    So, did Barack Obama offer any prayers for that persecuted Christian wedding photographer in New Mexico? How about those bullied Christian bakery owners in Oregon?

    Or would such prayers anger those gay-activist bullies whom Obama is taking his orders from?

  • Abiding by the same obligations as anyone else, is not persecution. A person cannot discriminate against someone because they are Christian, just as a Christian or atheist cannot discriminate against someone who is gay. Anyway, I don’t know of an atheist, who would do that, but you can see my point. If you want to argue that you as a Christian should not be protected by laws against religious discrimination, then let’s talk. If not, then you just sound hypocritical.

  • Holly Williams

    You are wrong. They can and should discriminate so long as they are doing so in a justified manner. They believe that they are discriminating in a justified manner (and so do I) and they are also practicing their faith by doing so. Therefore, they should be allowed to continue to do so. By not allowing them to do so, their religious freedom is being violated. You can disagree all you want but the more you disagree, the more you will be wrong on this. If they are not allowed to practice this right then they are being persecuted by our own government just as Catholic businesses are being persecuted by refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients. If you don’t believe me, go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and look up information about the HHS Mandate. I am a devout Catholic and the USCCB held two Fortnight For Freedom events in these past two years because of this disgusting mandate which violates our religious freedom.

  • Larry

    To put it mildly, that is a load of horsecrap. Not getting your way to run roughshod over laws of general application is not being persecuted. Its just being whiny. You are pretending your right to discriminate is a legitimate expression of religious exercise.

    Personal religious freedom ends where it does harm to others. Engaging in discriminatory behavior in business is considered harming others. It doesn’t matter whether you can create an excuse for your behavior, it is the act itself which has no sanction.

    The USCCB’s objection to contraception has everything to do with making alliances with conservative politicians than anything resembling a “personal stand”. Martyrdom is making one’s self suffer in service of one’s faith, not other people.

  • Larry

    Being thwarted from trying to enact a religious based revival of Jim Crow behavior is hardly being persecuted. The only person defending bullying is yourself.

    Discriminatory behavior is harmful nonsense whether you are denying services and goods to someone because they are gay, muslim, Irish, redheaded, or whatever.

  • Atheist Max

    The Right to believe in any particular God or Gods is FUNDAMENTAL to freedom itself. We would not be a free country without the right to religion.
    And that right stops when it infringes on someone’s right to NOT believe.

    The only time a president should use “GOD” in a speech is to express that precise sentiment.

    And having an “Ambassador to Religious Freedom” is ridiculous and dangerous.
    It will have the same awful effect on our freedom that “Homeland Security Chief” has had. Invasive, anti-democratic nonsense.

  • peter

    Obama doesn’t help the Christians in Egypt who are suffering from the muslim brotherhood

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