Pres. Obama declared 16 January “Religious Freedom Day”?!?

I saw at the blog of Syte Reitz in an entry labelled “The Deceiver” that – I am not making this up – Pres. Obama had declared Thursday 16 January to be “Religious Freedom Day”.

Religious Freedom Day?

It takes some real cynicism, tinged with mendacity, to declare Religious Freedom Day when you are doing what he is doing.

Read the declaration at the site of the White House.  For real.

Also from Reitz:

If you think that labeling Barack Obama “the DECEIVER” is extreme, consider the fact that he taught Alinsky tactics in Chicago, and Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals is dedicated to Lucifer, the “father of lies” (see Clashes between Liberals and Conservatives).
Barack Obama is no stranger to the mastery and use of lies. Alinsky tactics are founded on the use of lies.

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  1. pseudomodo says:

    A day late! Would it not have been better to give us a little notice?

  2. Stvsmith2009 says:

    I was thinking the same thing about there being no notice. I am sure, the conservative and religious (especially Catholic) blogs would be pointing out the blatant hypocrisy from a President and administration that is doing all it can to infringe on religious freedom with the mandates from the Affordable Care Act. That might be the reason for the deafening silence.

    Who does BHO think he is fooling, other than the non-thinkers who voted for him in the first place?

  3. Patrick-K says:

    So we have one day, I think we’re still missing about 364 though.

  4. pannw says:

    Oh, this man is something else…

    On a more pleasant note, thanks for the cartoon! Michael Ramirez is a genius. I have his book, and got one for my father last year for his birthday. A few months after I’d given it to him, he was visiting me and told me that when I gave it to him, he appreciated it but wasn’t all that enthused about reading a book of cartoons. It laid on his desk for a few weeks and he finally picked it up out of a sense of obligation to at least look at it so he could say he did, since I had gone to the trouble to get it for him. He said he didn’t put it down until he’d looked at every last page. There were a couple that actually choked him up a bit they were so heartbreaking. Well worth the investment.

    I highly recommend everyone use Father Z’s amazon link to get one. Michael Ramirez, Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion.

  5. Maxiemom says:

    How swell of him to give us a whole day when the Constitution gives us Freedom of Religion everyday. That is before this guy was elected.

  6. wmeyer says:

    Interesting that according to the website URL, the declaration was published on 15 January, declaring for 16 January, and apparently was only discovered on 17 January.

    And he’s a Christian, they keep saying.

  7. lsclerkin says:


  8. Ann Roth says:

    According to Wiki, every Jan. 16 is Religious Freedom Day:

    “Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States. This day is commemorated by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia by an annual First Freedom Award banquet.”

    The Washington Times reported that on Monday Obama met with The Secular Coalition to discuss their concerns which include “atheist and seculari“The input the Secular Coalition provided also covered issues of contraception coverage, the false use of the term ‘religious liberty,’

    Read more:
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

    I am not sure about the timing or the attention paid to this declaration but I do know that he is a deceiver. St. Michael, pray for us.

  9. Facta Non Verba says:

    President Obama talks a good game, but in the end, he is an empty suit. Or, as Clint Eastwood presented it, he is an empty chair.

  10. Cantor says:

    That’s Freedom From Religion, of course.

  11. Hans says:

    Cantor gets it, with the emphasis in the right place. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase said in earnest, I’d … well, I’d have a lot of money.

  12. jflare says:

    I read through the declaration; THIS statement pretty much made my jaw drop:

    “Our religious diversity enriches our cultural fabric and reminds us that what binds us as one is not the tenets of our faiths, the colors of our skin, or the origins of our names. What makes us American is our adherence to shared ideals — freedom, equality, justice, and our right as a people to set our own course.”

    Excuse me, Mr. President! You should know that it’s PRECISELY the tenets of my faith that cause me to be enabled to believe in freedom, equality, justice, and the right to set one’s own path!
    No law that the Congress could pass, that you can sign into law, or that you can impose by Executive Order could EVER cause me to believe an ounce about freedom, equality, or whatever if I didn’t already believe in those because of my faith in Christ!

    Best shut your mouth while you’re still only partly a tyrant.

  13. Kerry says:

    Maybe he means it is the last one.

  14. monmir says:

    ” What makes us American is our adherence to shared ideals — freedom, equality, justice, and our right as a people to set our own course.” and the right to bear arms….

  15. paterpetri says:

    War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

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  17. Priam1184 says:

    Actually Father, this is perfectly a propos. We are living in the society that the men, who were implacable enemies of the Catholic Church, wanted to build when they first declared the idea of ‘religious freedom’. They wanted to destroy the authority of the Truth that resided in its fullness in the Catholic Church and they have succeeded. After all there is only one God, and there is one way to worship that God, the way that He Himself has revealed. When a society admits a multiplicity of ways to ‘worship’ God and declares them to be equally valid then you end up with a completely Godless society because nothing means anything to anyone anymore. Barack Obama is in many ways the incarnation of what the first proponents of the idea of ‘religious freedom’ wanted to make of human society.

    Why the Catholic Church in the United States and certain Catholic priests desire to trumpet this ridiculous idea and make it their defense when they themselves possess already the fullness of Truth I will never understand.

  18. AVL says:

    And speaking of Alinskian organizing tactics, you can do a simple Google search to easily establish the connections between Alinsky’s organization, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), to dozens of so-called “interfaith” groups, which are all founded and staffed by the IAF – and then feel your jaw drop as you discover that many Catholic parishes provide support to these Alinskian front groups, using their time, talent and treasure to further causes that are diametrically opposed to the Catholic faith.

    In fact, the CCHD funds many of these “interfaith” groups. If you look on the CCHD list of grants, most of the “interfaith” recipients are in fact under the IAF umbrella. Sounds very conspiracy-theorish until you actually go look it up yourself, and then you wonder how Catholics can be so hoodwinked in the age of information. The information is openly there for anyone who cares to look for it.

    I think “hoist by our own petard” would be an accurate way to describe the results of Catholic cooperation with Alinsky’s organization.

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