Why do we have to pretend Obama is a friend to the faithful?
Could Obama be a radical secularist who equates traditional Christianity and its pro-life and its pro-marriage beliefs with human rights violations? Was Obama only able to sit through the sermons of Reverend Wright because Wright’s black liberation theology runs parallel to what Obama learned at the Marxist meetings he attended during his college days?
It is obvious that our first amendment rights which include freedom of religion are not a priority to Obama. By forcing his birth control mandate on the Catholic Church, he is trying to force Catholics to violate their religious conscience.
With religious freedom in jeopardy domestically, it is not surprising to find that it is also spilling over to foreign policy. Obama’s state department is dropping religious freedom coverage from its annual human rights report!
From the Weekly Standard:
Religious Freedom Under the Gun
The Obama administration neglects a key foreign policy issue.The State Department recently announced that it was dropping coverage of religious freedom from its annual Human Rights Report. The declared reason: to avoid duplicating coverage available in the annual Report on International Religious Freedom.
There may be other reasons. Given the Obama administration’s consistent downgrading of religious freedom at home and in foreign policy, this move may be part of a larger re-prioritization in human rights policy in favor of the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
Whatever one thinks of that initiative, however, the failure to promote religious freedom abroad is likely to have significant humanitarian and strategic consequences for the United States.
We are today in the midst of a global crisis in religious liberty. In two exhaustive studies, the Pew Research Center recently concluded that 70 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious freedom is severely restricted, by either governments or private actors. And the problem is getting worse. The second report, in 2011, found that between mid-2006 and mid-2009 the situation deteriorated in twice as many countries as it improved.
Overall, many of the roughly 70 nations with the highest restrictions on religious freedom are non-Western, Muslim-majority nations. Of all the religious groups subject to persecution, Christians came out on top: They are harassed in 130 countries, Muslims are harassed in 117.