Take heart, people suing the administration for religious freedom: It’s Religious Freedom Day!

posted at 10:11 pm on January 16, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It is proclaimed:

Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the Statute affirmed that “Almighty God hath created the mind free” and “all men shall be free to profess . . . their opinions in matters of religion.” Years later, our Founders looked to the Statute as a model when they enshrined the principle of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights.

Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose. As a free country, our story has been shaped by every language and enriched by every culture. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Sikhs and non-believers. Our patchwork heritage is a strength we owe to our religious freedom.

Americans of every faith have molded the character of our Nation. They were pilgrims who sought refuge from persecution; pioneers who pursued brighter horizons; protesters who fought for abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. Each generation has seen people of different faiths join together to advance peace, justice, and dignity for all…

Now, dignity for all just requires religious people to provide birth control and morning-after pills free of charge for anyone they may employ.

Tim Carney notes an interesting word choice:

Worship is a very specific form of “exercise.” “Free exercise” covers a lot more ground. Out of curiosity, I checked a Bush-era Religious Freedom Day proclamation, and it does use the more traditional and expansive “free exercise of religion.”

The Obama proclamation continues:

As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.

The Catholic Association responds:

“This distortion of our nation’s first freedom is the justification for the HHS mandate and the reason that 44 separate cases now have been brought against the federal government,” Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for The Catholic Association said.

“The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to practice their faith 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether at church, home, school or work.”

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has the scorecard for which religious business owners have been able to get an injunction for their persecution— nine injunctions granted and five denied. There are 43 cases, and the Becket Fund is doing the work of representing many of the plaintiffs. You can support them at the link.


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…JugEars will issue an EO that there is no freedom of religion day!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Praise God!!

Scrumpy on January 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Amen and amen

Scrumpy on January 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Hiya K2! beat me by a hair lol

Scrumpy on January 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

God will smite Obama. He thinks he’s a god. He thinks he is a king. He is mortal. He will die like the rest of us. He is the most prominent worker for satan on Earth.

wildcat72 on January 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hiya K2! beat me by a hair lol

Scrumpy on January 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

…*blows kiss*…

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Well at least he’s giving them one day out of the year. He can meet people in the middle, can’t he? /sarc

sharrukin on January 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

God will smite Obama. He thinks he’s a god. He thinks he is a king. He is mortal. He will die like the rest of us. He is the most prominent worker for satan on Earth.

wildcat72 on January 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

…God has angels…what does the devil have again?…(JugEars appointees?)

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

So on the left side of the front page we have Obama working to destroy the Second Amendment.

And on the right side of the front page we have Obama working to destroy the First Amendment.

INC on January 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Our Lord and Savior and President for Life Barack Obama has spoken. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Curtiss on January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Religion is overrated. Freedom is undervalued.

Capitalist Hog on January 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Take heart, people suing the administration for religious freedom: It’s Religious Freedom Day!
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Hallelujah – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCMevfkVq1I

canopfor on January 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Come on people. 10 comments on a MKH post????

Proud to see the Catholic Association response there. Now if they would only start with the excommunications (Nancy, you’re first in line)

can_con on January 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Come on people. 10 comments on a MKH post????

…they’re starting to fear the autoplay!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

MeanWhile,back at the Liberal Alter of Liberalism,

the Progressive Pagans are Plotting!
(snark)

canopfor on January 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

…they’re starting to fear the autoplay!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

KOOLAID2:NightMarish:)

canopfor on January 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Religion is overrated. Freedom is undervalued.

Capitalist Hog on January 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

This country was brought to you by a bunch of religious guys from the Pilgrims to the Founders:

The Continental-Confederation Congress, a legislative body that governed the United States from 1774 to 1789, contained an extraordinary number of deeply religious men. The amount of energy that Congress invested in encouraging the practice of religion in the new nation exceeded that expended by any subsequent American national government.

INC on January 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The Anti-Christ is here and he came from Kenya!

Drill and Fill on January 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

…they’re starting to fear the autoplay!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Firefox with no-script plugin is your friend.

A little autoplay shouldn’t scare you away from the Hammer!

can_con on January 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Just give me the GOTD….

I have the perfect response..

And it only requires one finger….

Electrongod on January 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

INC on January 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

So were Donnie & Marie, the Klan and the Taliban.

I can tell by your tone that you’re one of those types. Go ahead explain to us how your perceptions of long-dead Americans validates your personal biases today.

Like I said before, religion is overrated. Adding to that, religious fanatics are overabundant.

Capitalist Hog on January 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Each generation has seen people of different faiths join together to advance peace, justice, and dignity for all…

Until this generation and their luciferian leaders.

tom daschle concerned on January 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Until this generation and their luciferian leaders.

tom daschle concerned on January 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

How can anybody take you or your religion seriously when you’ve declared nondescript “leaders” as “luciferian?” The idea that you link to a “gospel” recording is a joke.

Whatever your relationship to God is I suspect that Jesus would be ashamed of you and your ilk parading around in his shadow throwing stones.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

How can anybody take you or your religion seriously when you’ve declared nondescript “leaders” as “luciferian?”

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Maybe because of their bad ideas which are wrecking our nation?

But hey, go ahead, worship government all you want, Marxist Pig.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM

He worships at the altar of baby killers…He only believes in his power. He is a fake and a charlatan and associated with evil……

crosshugger on January 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM

“The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to practice their faith 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether at church, home, school or work.”


Unfortunately, too many “Catholics” of the left politically, think it means, “just practice,” but never really use it.

Nice to hear from the shepherds again–it’s been a long while and the few lone voices hardly scared the wolves off. The clergy voices seemed so much louder at Notre Dame cheering the abortion president…when only about 1/3 of the bishops spoke out publicly against the scandal.

Far less even murmured when Obama threw a spear through the Church’s heart-religious conscience.

Don L on January 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Capitalist Hog on January 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

You seem to think our Founding Fathers don’t matter any more just because they’re dead.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM