Obama Says Religious Freedom No Reason To Deny Others Their Manufactured Rights

Perhaps Mr. Obama should actually take a look at the Constitution now and then, because it doesn’t mean what he thinks it means

(CBS News) Freedom of religion isn’t reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.

Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser, Obama said it’s important to recognize that some parts of the country remain uncomfortable with same-sex marriage and that it will take time for them to catch up to the majority of Americans who support such unions.

But while Americans hold dear the constitutional right to practice their religion free from government interference, he said that right can’t be used to deny constitutional rights to others.

Nowhere within the Constitution does it say that marriage, including gay marriage, is a Right. But, it does say “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” It also says something about “free speech” and “petition for redress of grievance”, which Obama’s IRS has worked hard to violate.

“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” Obama said during remarks that were interrupted by repeated applause and cheers. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”

“And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and interests of religious institutions, we need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes. That’s not how we move America forward,” he added. That was an apparent reference to some of the Republican presidential candidates.

The Constitution also says something about “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Obama seems to be violating that, as he has taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Flipping it around, gay marriage is no reason to force someone to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Obama’s essentially saying that those religious beliefs must be violated for the “rights”, ones that do not appear in the Constitution, of others. Instead of promoting equal rights for all, he is elevating the legislative/court imposed rights of certain people over the 1st Amendment Rights of others.

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