Obama: We’re all about freedom of religion

posted at 12:21 pm on February 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Obama said that “freedom of religion is under threat … around the world.” That’s true, and we have spent considerable time in writing about the persecution of Christians here at Hot Air while most of the media and the Obama administration do their best to avoid the topic. But the freedom of religious expression as defined by Barack Obama in this clip is under attack here too … by Barack Obama (via Deacon Greg):

Today, we profess the principles we know to be true. We believe that each of us is “wonderfully made” in the image of God. We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being — dignity that no earthly power can take away. And central to that dignity is freedom of religion — the right of 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.

Millions of Christians in the US believe that participation in birth control and abortion is sinful and evil, and goes against their religious beliefs.  Religious-oriented organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor, schools, and clinics are nonetheless mandated by Obama’s HHS to facilitate the provision of contraception and abortifacients if they employ and/or serve anyone else other than members of their own faith — essentially consigning “freedom of religion” and religious expression to the four walls of churches, chapels, synagogues, and temples. That’s hardly “free from persecution and fear,” especially when HHS and the White House threaten ruinous fines for organizations (and private companies owned and run by faithful Christians) who refuse to comply.

Even more ridiculously, Obama said this … apparently with a straight face:

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

Put aside the issue of drone attacks for a moment, which may be necessary but certainly produce the “killing of the innocent.” How about the killing of 55 million innocents since Roe v Wade, and the industrial killing of these innocent children by businesses like Planned Parenthood, whom Obama lauds and who once declared “God bless you” to Planned Parenthood?

The marginalization of faith has a long history of coinciding with the growth of government power, as my colleague at The Week Damon Linker notes. He wonders if progressives haven’t begun to overplay their hand and started down the Jacobin path:

When liberals act that way, they run the risk of turning themselves into latter-day Jacobins, the anti-religious zealots who dominated the French Revolution during its most radical phase. In its most violent form, this monistic, comprehensive version of secularism outlawed religion, ransacked and desecrated churches, and decreed that priests were to be murdered on sight — all in the name of freedom. In contemporary France, the ideological descendants of the Jacobins uphold the French “republican” ideal of secular government by banning head scarves and other overt religious displays in public.

The United States has typically been friendlier to faith. The form of liberalism embodied in its Constitution is pluralistic, not monistic. It tolerates broad differences among citizens about the highest good, and assumes that claims to metaphysical truth will proliferate under conditions of political freedom. The last thing a pluralistic liberal would do is seek to stamp out these religious and moral differences in the name of homogenous adherence to a single vision of the good. …

In case there’s any doubt: I support gay marriage, and I have no objection to birth control. But I also believe that a free society should permit its members to disagree on these issues. And that when liberals use the government’s coercive powers to force believers to change their views or act against their most deeply held spiritual convictions, liberals (paradoxically) commit an act of illiberalism.

In such cases, the government stamps out differences in the name of respecting differences. After all, a traditionalist Christian, Jew, or Muslim ceases to be a traditionalist the moment he or she is made to endorse behavior or beliefs that traditionalist Christians, Jews, or Muslims hold to be wrong. That is something that no genuine liberal should be comfortable doing.

It’s not paradoxical, and it’s not uncommon. Damon could look at what happened in Mexico a century ago with its anti-clerical pursuit in the name of socialist “liberalism,” which resulted in the Cristiada war and still restricts religious expression to the confines of a church. The problem results when government extends its authority into the jurisdiction of the private lives of its citizens and imposes mandates for their choices. That will always run up against religious liberty — and usually, that’s by design. The entire point is to reduce religion to a social club, because those who want to keep expanding government to dictate outcomes want no competition from God as an authority on how life should be lived.

Update: Added the “God bless you” to Planned Parenthood, after commenters reminded me of that moment.


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Obama: We’re all about freedom of religion

Did Obama move his lips when he spoke that?

Then he lies..

Electrongod on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

What religion is that freedom for? Certainly not Christians.

Wade on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

To be fair Ed, Obama’s idol is government.
His religion – government – should be “free” to exercise it’s will via civil institutions in his mind.

gwelf on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Obama: “We’re all about the freedom of you to worship how I say, when I say and where I say” FIFY

SineWaveII on February 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Let’s hope he “practices what he preaches” in the future.

Deckard BR on February 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Lawless lying sack…

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Dennis Prager is pointing out, as I write this, that the President never mentioned Islam.

SSDD

ConservativeLA on February 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

We are absolutely free to worship Obama, the god-king, that is the Official State Religion of the Regime.

To worship the REAL God, not so much.

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

“Grape KoolAid for everyone!”

—–Revrum’ Pharaoh King Putt O’Barky the Kenyan Vacationer

viking01 on February 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I was looking for an exact quote but this sums it up:

This is easy.

Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose.

- President Obama, January 2013

By changing the language you change the meaning.

Freedom to worship requires walls. Your freedoms end if you’re not in that building. Oh, and you’re paying for these abortions, racist.

rogerb on January 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

nobar on February 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

What? what did he say? He said that? What happened to “God bless” the abortionists? I’m dizzy now, I need to lay down for a bit.

srdem65 on February 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

His religion is the State, and he its erstwhile pope. He just wants to exercise his religion (authority) over all us plebs!

RblDiver on February 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Unemployment = Freedom.

The USA helping to kill Christians in the Middle East = Freedom.

Enjoy.

tetriskid on February 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Today, we profess the principles we know to be true. We believe that each of us is “wonderfully made” in the image of God.

I remember the halcyon days of yore when such language meant the imminent imposition of an “American Taliban” federal government.

Hey lefties, how does this statement jive with the DNC effort to remove “under God” from the pledge?

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

The Unborn are not innocent, apparently. War on Women?

RSNTR on February 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Does this man not realize how hypocritical he is? I suppose not. Maybe his idea of religious freedom is that as long as his pals in the muslim brotherhood can speak freely and everyone else is shut up everything is cool.

Diluculo on February 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess

Says the man who undestands everything about everything.

dudleyhunter on February 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

If you find yourself having to explain you are not a prostitute….

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM


Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

Oh, so how does that reconcile with you and your abortion buddies?

HomeoftheBrave on February 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

To paraphrase Mary McCarthy referring to Lillian Hellman, ‘Every word he spoke is a lie, including and and the.’

What a classic example of a feckless ideologue spinning to pander to his audience – and whose actions run counter to what he said.

The marginalization of faith has a long history of coinciding with the growth of government power, as my colleague at The Week Damon Linker notes. He wonders if progressives haven’t begun to overplay their hand and started down the Jacobin path:

I have been a vocal advocate for quite awhile that today’s progressive-fascists, like Barack Obama, are little more than modern-day Jacobins enacting their totalitarian agenda as ‘fundamental change’. Too many have forgotten the lessons of history.

Athos on February 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

He thinks pregnancy is a punishment.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

What religion is that freedom for? Certainly not Christians.

Wade on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Sure Christians are included in that freedom……just as long as its practiced in the privacy of their homes and churches and they keep it to themselves in public with no overt symbols or actions to be seen or heard that could offend the sensitivity of anyone else.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Where’s Doctor Carson?

Guess Dear Leader didn’t want another dose of medicine from the Doctah!

Lyin’ sack!

NavyMustang on February 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

Says the guy who told Planned Parenthood that they were doing God’s work.

I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way,” said Obama. “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

Barak Insane Obama, April 2013

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Sure Christians are included in that freedom……just as long as its practiced in the privacy of their homes and churches and they keep it to themselves in public with no overt symbols or actions to be seen or heard that could offend the sensitivity of anyone else.

You forgot to mention, “as long as zoning allows for meeting in a home.”

RSNTR on February 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The leftists aren’t even trying anymore, they’re just going to lie to our face, and when called on it, they’ll lie again. Why not? Why not? No mass media will ever call them out, but rather give cover! Hitler would be proud of them.

great-unwashed on February 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Hey lefties, how does this statement jive with the DNC effort to remove “under God” from the pledge?

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Tweeet!!! Technical foul Bishop. The Dems did indeed remove God from their platform at the 2012 DNC convention. They booed when it was re-instated.

I’m surprised that there isn’t a bolt of lightening when Obama shows up at a prayer breakfast. He’s been to more of these events since coming to Washington than he’s actually darkened the doorstep of a church.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Even more ridiculously, Obama said this … apparently with a straight face:

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

Hmmm, do muslims consider unbelievers innocent?

Evidently, to some, no. They don’t.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

You forgot to mention, “as long as zoning allows for meeting in a home.”

Of course.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Obama: We’re all about freedom of religion

And our religion is coercive secularism. Feel free to practice it.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

How does that square with your vote to let babies who survive an abortion be left in a closet to die?

Bitter Clinger on February 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

F*ck you, liar.

rrpjr on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Left hand right hand not knowing. He probably will deny he made this statement in a few years.

jake49 on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Dear Leader is such an authority on this subject…which religion does he refer..?

d1carter on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I’m surprised that there isn’t a bolt of lightening when Obama shows up at a prayer breakfast. He’s been to more of these events since coming to Washington than he’s actually darkened the doorstep of a church.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

That bolt of lightning is still a possibility, actually or figuratively. Bammy’s purpose on Earth isn’t quite over….yet…..unfortunately.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

“Sure Christians are included in that freedom……just as long as its practiced in the privacy of their homes and churches and they keep it to themselves in public with no overt symbols or actions to be seen or heard that could offend the sensitivity of anyone else.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM”

According to Matthew 5:13-20 Christians are called by Jesus to be Salt and Light. That is, we are to be in the world, showing who Christ is by how we live our lives. Perhaps some bland Christians will accept hiding in their churches, but true Christians will not.

Micah68 on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

True to my faith I won’t sit in judgment of another man.

But what I will say is the test of a man’s convictions is best witnessed in his deeds or the lack thereof. Not in words- especially when they are hollow.

Mr. Obama sits in the position of arguably being the most powerful position in the world. He’s forcefully argued that he will stretch the boundaries of Executive power to accomplish what can only be seen as political goals.

Mr. Obama has done zero to advance religious goals or religious liberty. In fact, he has done the converse.

He has done zero to protect the unborn. In fact he has promoted the practice of abortion.

He has done zero to help persecuted Christians. In fact, he has ignored them.

He has done zero to defend religious liberty. In fact as part of Obamacare he’s directly tried to dilute it.

That’s just a partial list.

But boy, he does give a nice speech of platitudes, halve truths and obfuscation- doesn’t he?

Marcus Traianus on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Where’s Doctor Carson?

Guess Dear Leader didn’t want another dose of medicine from the Doctah!

Lyin’ sack!

NavyMustang on February 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Dr. Ben Carson’s IRS Audit began 4 days after his speech.

But let’s not have any coverage of the criminals at the IRS.

tetriskid on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

How could anyone listen to that speech without walking out?

cat_owner on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

here’s a round of taqiy’y for the house!

DanMan on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

This has got to be a joke. He’s either a liar or he doesn’t even remotely understand what the word “innocent” means.

I am speechless.

RI_Red on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Shameless liar. What ‘we’re about’ is destroying Judeo-Christian culture… to make room for ‘progressive’ utopia.

*spit*

petefrt on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Left hand right hand not knowing. He probably will deny he made this statement in a few years days.

jake49 on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

With him and the LIV attention span it won’t take too long.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

They are just words on a screen that scroll up as he speaks. As soon as they disappear at the top, they no longer hold meaning for him.

Obama is vile.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pot, meet kettle…

Ricard on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Notice how glibly King Barack can speak out of both sides of his mouth.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

My first comment about what a liar Obama is. How should I put it? It has to be special…

You lie!

Now I’ll go force an atheist baker to make an “I think God exists. Signed, The Baker” cake.

bossmanham on February 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Dr. Ben Carson’s IRS Audit began 4 days after his speech.

But let’s not have any coverage of the criminals at the IRS.

tetriskid on February 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Ah, but you have it backwards……Carson’s the criminal for brazenly speaking out in criticism of Bammy’s admin, while those at the IRS are national heroes for zeroing in on subversive enemies of the state and nipping their nefarious plans in the bud.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The Prince of Lies.

rbj on February 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being — dignity that no earthly power can take away.” if you listen very closely you can almost hear Kermit Gosnell laughing….

Von Kleist on February 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Barry also said he had been shaped by his religious connections over many years in Chicago. He obviously took The Right Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s admonition to heart, to ask God to DAMN America.

Appalacher on February 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

we have spent considerable time in writing about the persecution of Christians here at Hot Air

Well, at least there will be less persecution of Christians here at Hot Air now that panther got the hammer.

Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess

Unbelievable! King O understands a person’s faith better than he or she does. You can’t get more arrogant than that.

But what do we expect. After all, his lips were moving, therefore . . .

loveyouall on February 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Notice how glibly King Barack can speak out of both sides of his mouth.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Probably something he’s been mentored to do since his youth. At this point in his life and career, he should be able to do it perfectly.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Funny he should use the phrase “freedom of religion,” because in the administration’s brief in Hosanna-Tabor, he used “freedom of worship.”

The administration has frequently used this (Hillary did when she was asked about religious persecution in other countries).

It is the “four walls” version of the Free Exercise Clause. One can do what one wants behind the walls of one’s house of worship, so rites and who gets ordained are up to the religion, but once one walks out the door, it is only a secular world.

The Little Sisters are just people with a funny taste in clothes who run a chain of nursing homes to Obama, Holder and Sebelius.

Wethal on February 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Its like there was not yesterday. No other side of his mouth.
Its why media blocks all serious questions. Everyone knows you do not subject nonstick surfaces to accountability. This can cause the Teflon coating to peel or chip.

onomo on February 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The entire point is to reduce religion to a social club, because those who want to keep expanding government to dictate outcomes want no competition from God as an authority on how life should be lived.

As Ken Ham correctly pointed out in the debate with Bill Nye, there is a struggle with authority occurring. The expansionist government types cannot stomach God as an authority on any matter–be it social, scientific, or historical–to do so would be to overturn their worldview that The State is supreme and it must be occupied by liberals.

ted c on February 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Freedom of religion?

Just buzzwords…

malclave on February 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

More misdirection from the One to continue to distract from the real issues facing the One’s administration and the country.
Is there anyone who is ready for three more years of this blather?

AZ LAD on February 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

That bolt of lightning is still a possibility, actually or figuratively. Bammy’s purpose on Earth isn’t quite over….yet…..unfortunately.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

No, unfortunately you can’t become a lame duck in the purpose on Earth thing. Be we can and should make sure he’s quacking and limping in the next few months.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

“We’re all about religious freedom….to worship me!”

Iblis on February 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

After all, a traditionalist Christian, Jew, or Muslim ceases to be a traditionalist the moment he or she is made to endorse behavior or beliefs that traditionalist Christians, Jews, or Muslims hold to be wrong. That is something that no genuine liberal should be comfortable doing.

A point being missed here is that Christians are the ones being targeted to endorse behavior or beliefs they hold to be wrong. Anything else is seen by liberals as sacrosanct…

yubley on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

More b.s. from the b.s.’er in chief.

rjoco1 on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The entire point is to reduce religion to a social club, because those who want to keep expanding government to dictate outcomes want no competition from God as an authority on how life should be lived.

Sad to say, too many Christian denominations have fully cooperated as they have themselves reduced faith and worship to the level of being mere social clubs to keep in tune with modern culture and for the sake of diversity and inclusiveness and not wishing to offend anyone.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

“You lie!” is insufficient. I suggest “You’re a filthy liar!” or maybe a different F word.

We may not make it to 2016 if the idiot GOP doesn’t start de-funding stuff.

platypus on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The commie agnost kept listing Christianity last.

Plus, this.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

. Be we can and should make sure he’s quacking and limping in the next few months.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Oh, please make it so! Preferably without the quacking.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

They are just words on a screen that scroll up as he speaks. As soon as they disappear at the top, they no longer hold meaning for him.

Obama is vile.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Yeah, he shows up at the National Prayer Breakfast because it is expected, Mooch isn’t monitoring how many sausages he eats, or whatever. It’s just an event and just a speech. So unlike GWB who talked of his own faith and faith journey in genuine in real terms. Obama reads the teleprompter and ignores the fact that his administration is persecuting Christians for their faith.

Of course, it begs the question as to why in the hell would the organizers even invite a guy who clearly hates Christians, sues nuns to force them to provide contraception, and tells Planned Parenthood that they are doing God’s work?

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Ummmm … irony alert

Whitey Ford on February 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The commie agnost kept listing Christianity last.

Plus, this.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

So much easier and rewarding to destroy us from within, while so many ill informed citizens willfully ignore what Bammy and his cabal have in store for us here at home.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

More lies from the liar-in-chief. Progressives put just enough verbal sugar in their poison to persuade enough people who would otherwise vote against it to go along and gulp it down at the voting booth.

Progressive use of the power of the state to restrict/eliminate religion, particularly traditional Christian theology, from any meaningful impact upon the public sphere is only just beginning. It’s going to get far worse before it gets ‘better.’ To a progressive, freedom of religion is ‘assured’ as long as you restrict yourself to expressing your views within your own four walls or those of a religious structure. Even those accommodations will be infringed upon as progressives use the power of the state to dictate what is and is not acceptable conduct for parents as regards their children (circumcision, sex education, corporal punishment, etc.) and business owners as regards the daily conduct of their business. I see no reason for optimism that this will change any time soon (my poor children; the country they will inherit makes me sad), but I’m glad I know who wins in the end, and it’s not Obama or his progressive ilk.

xNavigator on February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yeah, he shows up at the National Prayer Breakfast because it is expected, Mooch isn’t monitoring how many sausages he eats, or whatever. It’s just an event and just a speech. So unlike GWB who talked of his own faith and faith journey in genuine in real terms. Obama reads the teleprompter and ignores the fact that his administration is persecuting Christians for their faith.

Of course he shows up at the National Prayer Breakfast, ’cause ya know that old Bible verse: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”? Bammy is pretty sure it refers to himself.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

It’s just a matter of time before a committee for religious freedom is formed with Bill Nye leading it :\

Keyser_Soze on February 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Did Obama move his lips when he spoke that?

Then he lies..

Electrongod on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

DOG WISTLE!!!! RACIST!!!!111111!ELEVENTY!!!!!

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

This was the TOTUS speaking

J_Crater on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Of course he shows up at the National Prayer Breakfast, ’cause ya know that old Bible verse: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”? Bammy is pretty sure it refers to himself.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

When Obama gets to the pearly gates, he’s going to be the guy that tells St. Peter he’s doing it all wrong.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

New guy here; long time FReeper from the site down the screen. With Obama’s statement about killing the innocent being wrong, I thought that he had just declared himself apostate to Islam, as worthy of death as us Infidels. Then I realized that to the Islamics no Infidel is considered innocent. Innocent is the “weasel” word.

JimRed on February 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

One thing I was thinking about last week is how anti-theists love to scream “Tax the churches!”. Talk about your careful-what-you-wish-for moments. Apparently they are not aware of the phrase “No taxation without representation”.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

This “man” can say anything.
ANYTHING.
It is then truth.
Even if it was the opposite of what he just said.
Shameful.

Jeffster on February 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

— for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will

Does this mean O is becoming more Pro-Life?

Plato144 on February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

We’re all about freedom for the right religions.
FIFY, President Obama.

– Steve

SteveM_Wi on February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

In the town adjacent to mine, there is an annual ‘Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast’ hosted by a Christian organization that invites many of the local politicians.

Every year, the progressives in town line up to protest this prayer breakfast, supported by some of the progressive rectors / ministers like those from the local Episcopal and Unitarian Churches, saying that the breakfast is a ‘violation of the separation of Church and State’.

A few weeks ago, the same Episcopal Rector, at her Church, hosted a Townhall meeting sponsored by her Church and Covered California that advocated and pushed attendees to sign up for Obamacare via Covered California because it was ‘our responsibility to support Obamacare / Covered California’ – and didn’t think that was a similar ‘violation of the separation of the Church and State’.

Hypocrisy, like that demonstrated by Barack Obama, is SOP for the progressives…as it’s all about fulfilling their agenda when the ends justifies the means.

Athos on February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Orwell.

Meremortal on February 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

It’s really not hard to see how the President can say this with a straight face:

1) he and his allies have said numerous times that pregnancy is like a disease, hence birth control is listed as “preventative” care.
2) he and his allies use the term “reproductive care” to almost exclusively mean abortion.
3) he’s said, as have his allies in the media, that without Obamacare, without extended unemployment insurance, without greater confiscation and control of guns, and without foodstamps, millions of innocent people would die.

So, how can he get away with this? The word “extremists” is key. Anti-child, pro-death advocates aren’t extremists. Socialists aren’t extremists. Tea Party members, small government advocates, pro-lifers, and Second Amendment advocates are ALL extremists. This is where he is coming from.

I’m not really sure he even believe any of that himself: progressives care nothing about people; they only care about the movement, the ideal, the “revolution”. People are “bumps in the road” to the “greater good”.

mrteachersir on February 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

One might say this is just a case of semantics, but I think it is an important distinction the President unwittingly makes:

“We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being — dignity that no earthly power can take away.”

An egg and a sperm create a “human being” at the moment of conception. Whether than human being finds its way to implantation and eventually grows into a fetus, etc. is up to nature (or used to be and still generally is for most people). If he were honest, Obama would modify his language to refer to “born human beings” (BHBs) or “human beings already born”(HBABs).

kclibby on February 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

They should see his mouth shit and open one on the side of his face

Doyle Hargrave on February 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Extremists succumb to an ignorant nihilism that shows they don’t understand the faiths they claim to profess — for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

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God bless Planned Parenthood.

Ummm, cognitive dissonance would be putting it rather mildly.

Particular Set of Skills on February 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Taqiyya is a form of ‘outwitting’. The skilled taqiyya-tactician doesn’t want the matter at hand to be debated or discussed; so his opponent must be outwitted or preemptively outflanked by the use of taqiyya. The objective is to divert attention away from the subject through duplicity and obfuscation.

Tea Time on February 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Ideology is his religion…

Obama Pushes Climate Change at National Prayer Breakfast

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

When Obama gets to the pearly gates, he’s going to be the guy that tells St. Peter he’s doing it all wrong.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I could see that…..only in Bammy’s case he’s too full of himself to realize it ain’t St. Peter he’s talkin’ too, and oddly, it seems to be extremely warm at the gates too. And THEY ain’t pearly, either.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I will be forever convinced he has no soul.

gophergirl on February 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Obama: We’re all about freedom of religion

From the holder of the 2013 PolitiFact Lie of the Year award.

Green eyed Lady on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Just when you think the President has come up 2014′s lie of the year – not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS – he comes up with this one. President Pants-on-Fire strikes again.

TheStatistQuo on February 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Sad to say, too many Christian denominations have fully cooperated as they have themselves reduced faith and worship to the level of being mere social clubs to keep in tune with modern culture and for the sake of diversity and inclusiveness and not wishing to offend anyone.

hawkeye54 on February 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Those denominations are CINO (Christians in name only) not followers of the Risen Christ. We are not called to cower in our churches and hope that the world likes us or ignores us.

Micah68 on February 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

the industrial killing of these innocent children

You would think they would tire of the hypocrisy. No wonder Dante gave the hypocrites their own special ring in Hell.

John the Libertarian on February 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

“for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will”

This statement is 100% accurate in Islamist Newspeak:

Innocent = devout muslim
Guilty = Kuffar (non-muslim)

ColdHeartedPatriot on February 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

” We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being”

“Those deemed inconvenient, are hereby exempt of this statement” Barry Hoosayin Obama

LastRonin on February 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

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