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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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10CC
Bountiful, UT

It may be that part of the reason for "dawdling" on religious freedom is that sometimes it's tough to distinguish between religious freedom and ordinary law breaking.

Example: a family in Germany claims religious persecution because they want to educate their kids at home, in a religious way, but they don't want to go through the process of becoming a licensed school... so they claim religious persecution.

A couple in Wisconsin decided to depend on faith and the power of prayer to heal their daughter instead of giving her the insulin needed for her diabetes condition. The daughter passed away, unfortunately, and the couple was convicted of homicide. Some people would call this prosecution of the couple religious persecution.

Who decides what is persecution and what is simply administering the rule of law?

Abortions are at the lowest level since '73, which *everyone* thinks is great, but there is evidence that higher rates of abortion exist among poorer and minority women, because they don't have access to newer, longer term, more effective birth control methods.

The Sisters of the Poor claim persecution because they don't want to offer birth control.

Is this *truly* religious persecution?

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

More important and productive would be to have an ambassador for freedom from religion. The Middle East and Utah could benefit significantly .

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Why not the USA lead the way and so lead the world by example.

As Joseph Smith pointed out it was an imperfection in the Constitution of the United States when religious freedom appears to be protected in the Bill of Rights but, when persecution occurs, the federal government does not enforce that protection. Anyone familiar with the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must honestly conclude that was a fair assessment of the case. Since his day the very mention of God in public schools has become controversial and open prayers are forbidden therein.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Great post 10CC!

I think it's great that there is such a vibrant discussion around individual rights versus religious rights going on. I also think it's great that abortion rates are decreasing. Despite the hand-wringing, resistance to change, and continual setbacks, I believe justice and enlightenment will spread and prevail in the end.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Brilliant plan? Because people don't loathe the US enough by being a global cop/busybody & messing in the sovereign affairs of other nations.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Since Obama seems to have no interest in religion, I doubt the post will get filled. Yes he went to hear the anti-white speeches of Rev. Wright, but that didn't really resemble worship of an omniscient being. Calling it religion is a stretch. And now he has severed his ties for political reasons. That is hardly a dedicated worshiper. I suspect he spends more effort on supposed 'white privilege' than on prayer to God.

We can't lead the world to religious freedom as our own nation is in the process of diminishing religious freedom here. The ambassador would be put in a totally hypocritical position, and no one around the world would take him/her seriously.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Lets start with democracy and diplomacy, before we start backing more theocracies and dictatorships, in religious zeal to bless the world.

dmcvey
Los Angeles, CA

This ambassador should also protect secular Americans against the rising oppression by religious majorities in each state.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

In the western world the only absence of religious freedom is when that freedom is used to abuse other people.

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