Perhaps it is not surprising that President Obama, a president who grew up abroad and paints himself as an international man in his self-promoting literature, does not identify with one of America’s most fundamental and cherished tenets — religious freedom.
Deeply embedded in each American’s spirit and psyche is the history and heritage of not only the freedom to worship as one chooses, but to do so without government intervention. The Obama administration’s tone-deaf approach regarding the moral dignity of both one’s individual religious beliefs, and those of religious institutions, is vulnerable with dangerous denial.
Obama is attempting to violate one of our most treasured First Amendment rights by relying heavily on the ignorance and apathy of American citizens. The liberal media helps the president with the imbalanced attention it pays to only half of the religious freedom right in the First Amendment — keeping religion out of government entities.
Obama is banking on his hopes that most Americans have forgotten the other, most cherished half, of the religious right in the First Amendment that was the impetus for the pilgrimages that birthed America: keeping government out of religion.
President Obama’s lack of reverence for keeping government out of religion expresses itself with such steamrolling techniques as the Health and Human Services, as part of his ObamaCare plan, invading the sacred space of religion, religious affiliations, and religious people. He is mandating in forums where he does not belong and penalizing where he has no right.
Obama has not only taken on the Catholic Church, he has taken on all religion because he is redefining religion. Obama is dictating where a religious people are religious and where they are not, where they have a right to be religious and where they do not. According to President Obama, religious morality and compassion only exist in the temple itself. Catholic-initiated outreaches and missions extended in schools, colleges, hospitals, social service institutions, and charities are not religious, according to Obama. This redefinition conveniently gives him the self-declared right to dictate how these Catholic institutions operate.
This is dangerous territory. This is an alarming precedent. With a thought process such as this, Jesus would have been considered only valid and religious while teaching in the temple. His actions in the desert, at weddings, at lakeside gatherings, and on mountaintops would have been considered not a religious teaching but simply a social service subject to government regulation.
Even the Roman Empire did not define Jesus’s teachings by his destinations of discipleship.