I find the president's speech encouraging! We know the benefits of
religious freedom. We know the heartache of having that freedom ignored or
taken away. It is good to encourage the world to work towards the ideal of
religious freedom. Our constitution has set high ideals for us and it has taken
years to learn how to live up to those ideals...and we are still on that
journey. Yes, there is hypocrisy. There is hypocrisy in all of us. None of us
live 100% the ideals we espouse, yet we expect people to respect our intent and
give us space as we grow towards that ideal. We also expect to be supported in
our journey and not kicked down further. Let's offer the same to the
president. Support the effort, give encouragement, and do what we can to make
religious freedom a reality everywhere. Even though the
contraceptive issue is seen by many as an affront to religious practice, it can
also be seen as a tight rope walk between rights of individuals to worship or
not as they want vs rights of religious organizations. The latter being much
more difficult to sort out.
so, if obama says right he has gone left, if he says religious freedom, he
prevents the exercise and absolute freedom to your belief.think
birth control forced onto the nun's. think of hobby lobby, the Christian
owned hobby craft store. think of the rights of and for the
unborn...think obama is really for prayer?
@InstereoNo one is asking you to reject anyone. Religion tells you to love
everyone, I think that especially applies to your family. However, you
don't have to give into any whim or fancy that your daughter or the media
can think of. For you to think that unless you support gay marriage you or
others don't love your daughter, that is not the right equation. Love is
unconditional, it shouldn't depend on you or others redefining marriage.
Look at the New Testament and you will find out what Jesus said concerning
marriage. A Christian tries to follow the teachings of Jesus. I hope that helps
and best of luck helping your daughter with the cross she must carry.
JoeBlow,Partisan only because we have seen this in the past: Obama
says one thing, but does the opposite.He calls for religious
freedom, but his government will prosecute/fine those who refuse to provide
abortion coverage, condoms and birth control as part of their healthcare. And
there is a real fear that Obama's government will prosecute religions that
refuse to marry gays. In this speech he is calling on religions to accept gay
marriage, even though it may go against their faith and teachings.There are a majority of Americans who do not trust this president, as
indicated in polling. That is a problem he created, not Republicans or
religions.Instereo--I have gay family members, and gay
friends. We can love them while not promoting their lifestyle. When I say
promoting their lifestyle, I mean we can love them, but not work to enact laws
that change traditional marriage, normalize the gay lifestyle, and allow
indoctrination of gay lifestyle in our schools.Read recent statement
by the LDS Church.
Let this silence all the emails over the years that say that Pres. Obama
"banned National Prayer Day", "never goes to the Prayer
Breakfast", and "is really a Muslim or atheist."
does Barack's "freedom of religion" include The Little Sisters Of
The Poor? Apparently not since these caring Catholic Nuns are being forced by
Obamacare to contradict their core beliefs regarding abortion. Once again - say
one thing and do another - the Obama motto. Hypocrisy in action.
Yes, you may have freedom of religion, but don't practice it outside of
your home or synagog/mosque/church.
One thing that was clear in Mr. Obama's address that was omitted from this
article was that he explicitly included those who are nonbelievers in his call
for religious freedom. There is just as much persecution of atheists around the
world as there is persecution of other religious groups. Too often it seems
that those who fight for religious freedom are only concerned about the rights
of their group to practice its religion. Christians are eager to denounce the
persecution of Christians, and Jews are quick to denounce the persecution of
Jews. We should all denounce the persecution of all peoples for their religious
views, whatever they may be.
Another example of finding partisan fault, even when someone does exactly what
you would want them to do.The partisanship will destroy this
After reading the comments here, it appears that the religious in this state are
still able to practice their freedom of speech.
It's interesting how Right Wingers can launch into anti-Obama tirades at
the drop of a hat. Is it really that audacious of an American
President to promote religious freedom?
Actions speak louder than words. By their fruits yu shall know them. A bad tree
does not produce good fruit.Consider the anti-religious actions and dismiss the
holier than thou talk.
And all I've heard from senate dems is complaints. So sad they can't
be constructive.If BO truly believed in religious liberties, he work
to repeal Obamacare and would support traditional marriage.
Support religious freedom by forcing people to fund abortions and birth control
or participate in gay weddings in violation of their religious beliefs. Do as
I say, not as I do.
Someone asks how President Obama can ask for religious freedom and at the same
time ask for people to be open to LGBT issues. As I see it, I raised four
daughters in a conservative, religious environment. There was family home
evening, family prayer, church meetings, trips to church sites, so on and so on.
Then when one of the girls comes out after college hard questions had to be
asked within myself about what are family values. Do I reject my daughter
because she's gay? Do I fight against her marrying the one she loves? What
do I do when my other daughters support her? Do I reject her partner? How do I
reconcile with a church that seems to reject my daughter? How do I deal with a
God who either did or did not make my daughter that way and science which says
she was born that way? Finally how do I look at my daughter who is a productive,
active, member of society earning a good income and helping people along the
way? Personally, I'll tell you I love my daughter more now than when she
was "straight." I'll fight for her rights.
That's the problem with conservatives. Besides seeking loving family
relationships, orphanages, churches and other organizations sponsoring
education, turning around the lives of people who've hit rock-bottom,
southern hospitality, and comparative civility in social issues, they're
just not constructive.
It is interesting that the president called on nations & world leaders to
embrace religious freedom, and also called on people to embrace the agenda of
the LGBT community.It seemed as if he were speaking at one point to
the religious community, of which much of it rejects gay marriage based upon
their religious beliefs, and calling upon them to support gay marriage.In Obama's world religious freedom means the practice of one's
faith, as long as it subscribes to his view of faith. Religions must throw out
thousands of years of faith practices in order to enjoy religious freedom the
way Obama views it.It is also interesting to see that leaders
recognize (as quoted in this article) that Obama is a man of many words, but
light on action (perhaps Missing In Action).
I find it hypocritical of Obama to discuss religious freedom when he himself is
waging war on the Little Sisters of the Poor.
This : Obama spoke out against blasphemy laws that "are promoted sometimes
as an expression of religion, but, in fact, all too often can be used to
suppress religious minorities....should be well remembered. This
speech doesn't come out without some footings.There is a reason for
everything. It will be shown later on.
That darn Obama!
It was a wonderful speech --easy to find on HuffPo or elswhere.The
President says that God let him to Chicago and to find Michelle, and more.I would hope that the issue of religious freedom is not reduced to the
present debate, which seems to be about the rights of the religious to disdain
Gay people.All over the world, people are being persecuted and
killed and driven from their homes because of their religion.Would
it not be great if American Christians would spend the time and money helping
religious people around the world, that they presently expend on those Gay
The problem is we can't trust a word President Obama says. I have learned
that whatever President Obama says I should expect the opposite to happen. I
expect religious liberties to be further assaulted in 2014. One day I hope we
get a President who values freedom especially religious freedom more than he/she
values power and control.
Gimme a break! The Dear Leader's idea of religious freedom is, "Do
what I say or else."
And all I've heard from conservatives is complaints. So sad they
can't be constructive.