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Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 5:00 p.m. MST

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Springville, UT

And all I've heard from conservatives is complaints. So sad they can't be constructive.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Gimme a break! The Dear Leader's idea of religious freedom is, "Do what I say or else."

Gilbert, AZ

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.

Bob K
portland, OR

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 issues?

Parkesburg, PA

That darn Obama!

Potsdam, 00

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.

Buena Vista, VA

I find it hypocritical of Obama to discuss religious freedom when he himself is waging war on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Centerville, UT

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).

Midwest City, USA, OK

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.

Eureka, UT

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

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.

Virginia Beach, VA

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?


After reading the comments here, it appears that the religious in this state are still able to practice their freedom of speech.

Far East USA, SC

Another example of finding partisan fault, even when someone does exactly what you would want them to do.

The partisanship will destroy this country.

The Skeptical Chymist

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, you may have freedom of religion, but don't practice it outside of your home or synagog/mosque/church.

Cedar Hills, UT

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.

Houston, TX

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."

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