Obama: Freedom of religion is national security issue


WASHINGTON — President Obama used the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday to declare freedom of religion a major part of American foreign policy.

Saying countries that assure religious freedom tend to be more peaceful, Obama told a bipartisan crowd “nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism.”

“So,” he said, “freedom of religion matters to our national security.”



Other than being a great sound bite for the 2014 Congressional elections, I’m not sure this has any real meaning coming from this administration.


And then he said the he will drop the whole HHS mandate and sincerely apologized to Catholics in the United States… Right? :dts:


Good for the man for acknowledging the problem with religious liberty around the world. He also talked about hopefully one day getting the American preachers jailed abroad released and back in the US.


:d. Lol


Freedom of religion is a right worth protecting worldwide, but how about Obama stand up for religious freedom in the US? Little Sisters of the Poor and other non-profit and for-profit organisations do not seem to have religious freedom when it comes to the HHS mandate.


IMO, this statement is a pronouncement without substance. Many times Obama has completely ignored religious political prisoners in the nations with which he deals. The Clintons would describe these words as “boob bait for the Bubbas”, i.e. an attempt to prevent those naive citizens from focusing on catastrophic problems for which they are responsible. :o Rob


Freedom of religion for everyone unless you are Catholic. Opens the back door for Islam.


This!..and then some.

Peace, Mark


His nose gets longer by the minute :eek:.







Obama is a hypocrite and what he is saying regarding religious freedom is bogus. Just see what he has done during the past years of his administration. The president talks about religious liberty but is it not ironic that during his administration we have seen the least amount of religious liberty. I mean forcing Christians and others against there conscience by making them provide for abortion and contraceptive inducing drugs and pills. At the same time extending abortion rights and such

This is from LifeSiteNews.com

Pro-life Americans have long made this case against abortion, saying it violates the Ten Commandments.

President Obama has had a much different view of the issue. The president ended a combative speech to the nation’s largest abortion provider last April by saying, “Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

Critics wasted no time pointing out the contradiction.

“The president talks about protecting religious freedom while his administration is actively persecuting the religious freedom of Christians,” Adam Cassandra, communications manager at Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews. “He speaks out against ‘extremists’ killing the innocent while his administration supports the killing of millions of the most innocent in the womb here in the U.S. and around the world through abortion – a crime against humanity. And he has even asked God to bless those responsible for facilitating these abortions.”

Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, called it “a tragedy that President Obama doesn’t apply this same standard to the more than one million innocent Americans who die every year from the social injustice of abortion. All human life is sacred, valuable, and deserves to be protected, especially the littlest and most defenseless of humans.”

The president’s remarks this morning instead appeared designed to denigrate traditional Christians who hold to the faith’s consistent teachings on homosexuality, placing them on the same level as Islamic fundamentalist extremists.

“We sometimes see religion twisted in an attempt to justify hatred and persecution against other people just because of who they are, or how they pray, or who they love,” Obama said today.

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Conversely, Obama has generally had positive comments about Islam and met with a high-level member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist Islamic organization that helped shape the views of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Administration officials previously defended their decision to meet with members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, although that group has systematically destroyed Coptic Christian churches and businesses, sometimes dozens a week.

Still another portion of the speech generated controversy. While many welcomed the president’s decision to highlight religious-based violence, much of it directed against Christians, as well as his use of the term “freedom of religion” in place of “freedom of worship,” Americans say his enforcement of the HHS mandate represents a threat to freedom of conscience in its own right.

“Even as our faith sustains us, it’s clear that around the world freedom of religion is under threat,” he said. “That’s what I want to reflect on this morning.”

“Here at home his administration faces the largest religious liberty lawsuit in American history,” said Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser at The Catholic Association. “This administration insists on forcing people of faith to violate their consciences by providing abortion pills in their health plans - including the Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns who care for the needy and dying."

“We hope the president reflects deeply on the words he spoke today and considers immediate changes to his administration’s policies to fulfill God’s will and protect innocent human life,” Cassandra told LifeSiteNews.

This year’s event did not generate as many sparks as last year’s prayer breakfast, when Dr. Ben Carson gave a 27-minute speech blasting ObamaCare and the president’s view of the health care industry as Obama sat in attendance.

The African-American neurosurgeon said he was subsequently targeted by the IRS.


I am thinking Obama does not consider Catholicism to be a legitimate religion.


I wonder sometimes if he listens to what he says.


I am glad that he considers religious freedom to be an important issue. However, why does he not consider the HHS Mandate to be a threat to our religious freedom? Or what about “gay marriage” and how its legalization has become an egregious threat to our religious freedom as is proven by the baker, florist, and photographer who were sued for refusing to provide services to a gay “wedding” based on their religious beliefs. I guess that in those instances it is not really an attack on our religious freedom, right? :rolleyes:


Typical Obama. Too bad he can’t realize the error of his ways.


i doubt it. he is only thinking of the sound bite. has his administration spoken out against any of the attacks against christians that have been occurring in africa, especially nigeria, over the past few years or the attacks against christians in the middle east?

he also said he is looking forward to meeting the Pope. will he apologize to Catholics?


People seem to think religious freedom only applies to Christian employers who think they should be able to skirt the law but not the employees. Religious freedom also means that individuals have the right to not have a religion’s rules imposed upon them.

Here’s the thing, religious freedom guarantees right to believe, not right to act. You have the freedom to oppose contraception; but that does not mean you get to deny what is otherwise legal to others outside your religion.


Does that mean i have to pay for it for my employees?

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