February 6, 2014 Print

Take Action: Policy Experts Question Obama’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Remarks

by Bethany Monk

It’s no secret that threats to religious freedom continue to proliferate across the country.

The Obama administration faces more than 90 lawsuits from businesses and nonprofits fighting a government mandate requiring them to betray their faith — or pay steep fines. Some even face the possibility of shutting down.

Today, in spite of his actions in office, the president expressed enthusiastic support for religious freedom.

Today, Obama and hundreds of others attended the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. During his speech, the president highlighted “the inherent dignity of every human being”:

And central to that dignity is freedom of religion — the right for every person to practice their faith how they choose, to change their faith if they choose, or to practice no faith at all, and to do this free from persecution and fear.

He made no mention of the many people of faith challenging the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. It requires most for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations to offer potential abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plans.

Mainstream news outlets have failed to note the conflict between some of the president’s policies and his words. Policy experts, though, were not so silent.

U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn from Colorado pointed out the irony when the president said: “…the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”

In spite of it sounding like a pro-life statement, the Republican lawmaker told CitizenLink that Obama “doesn’t see this in relation to abortion.”

Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht also questions Obama’s statements today.

“I would ask the president to consider the dignity of the Little Sisters of the Poor,” he said. “I would ask him to consider the dignity of our military personnel, including chaplains, who are being told to compromise their religious beliefs about marriage and biblical sexuality or leave the military. I would ask the president, whose IRS targets religiously motivated pro-life and pro-marriage non-profit organizations for harassment and intimidation, to consider their dignity. I would ask the president to look to his own administration’s actions which, with an ever-increasing frequency, attack and erode the very religious freedom which he said in his speech that he strongly supports.”

Take Action for Religious Freedom
Urge President Obama to stop the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate requiring businesses provide contraceptives and possible abortion-inducing drugs to their employees under their respective insurance plans.

Read a transcript of the president’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast 2014.




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