This isn’t a joke. Here is the link to the site of the White House.
Read the language carefully.
It’s supposed to be “Religious Freedom Day”, but the text starts out with “freedom to worship“.
Obama Declares “Religious Freedom Day” As His Admin Denies It
President Barack Obama declared today Religious Freedom Day as his administration is working overtime to deny religious freedom to pro-life Americans who do not want their companies, schools or businesses to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.
While the Obama Administration is furiously working to push the HHS mandate on religious employers, Obama issued a proclamation today calling religious freedom “sacred.” [Just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised by this man anymore.]
“Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose,” the ironic proclamation reads. [THAT is the key, right there. The Obama Administration is twisting our 1st Amendment right. By emphasizing “freedom to worship“, they are forcing the exercise of religion and religious values out of the public square to be only behind the closed doors of your place of worship or your home. “Freedom of religion” is NOT the same as “freedom to worship”! Yes, the text comes back to the idea of “practicing openly” and so forth, but liberals work for their nefarious goals by creeping incrementalism.] “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.” [That is what the First Gay President is trying to erode.] Years later, our Founders looked to the Statute as a model when they enshrined the principle of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights.”
The remainder of the proclamation reads as follows:
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; [My blood pressure is rising.] 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. [Except, Mr. President, for the unborn. And, oh yes, the just-born.]
Today, we also remember that religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace. [You would think you were reading one of Pope Benedict’s Messages for the World Day for Peace.]
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. [Except for when the Administration wants to tax you and your businesses to pay for intrinsically evil things.]
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2013, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations at home and around the world. [One good way to commemorate the day would have been to go to the range and practice shooting. The 2nd Amendment protects the 1st.]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
Do you see how the left is hijacking language? This is what the National catholic Reporter crowd is doing too, by hijacking pro-life language, when they could care less about the unborn. Control language and you control thought.
I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who refused to vote because the other candidate wasn’t perfect enough for you. Just… thanks.