President Obama Truth Bombs Republican Claims About Religious Freedom

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President Obama has a pointed word or two for Republicans and their peculiar definition of Religious Freedom that is something some people have, and others do not.

He spoke Sunday evening a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York, the annual Democratic National Committee LGBT Gala at Gotham Hall, alluding to the recent case of Kim Davis as he told the crowd that,

“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions. 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.”

Ouch. Those words could have come right out of the mouth of Thomas Jefferson, who said, that “our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions,” and they were aimed right at the heart of the Republican message for 2016. There is not a candidate among them who does embrace discrimination in the name of religion.

Obama said that marriage equality can no longer be a wedge issue, because the country has made its decision and moved on from there:

“The good news is they probably won’t use marriage equality as a wedge issue like they did in 2004 because the country has come too far. In fact, America has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind.”

The President did not ignore the ridiculous posturing of the GOP’s 2016 presidential hopefuls, alluding to Ben Carson when he said,

“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay. Well, you think I’m — I shouldn’t go into this? No, I mean, I’m just stating the facts.”

He nailed Ted Cruz (R-TX), who pretends to be the Religious Freedom candidate, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who wants to occupy that same narrow-minded piece of real estate:

“Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality — which isn’t even an accomplishment at all. A third says Americans should just disobey the Supreme Court’s ruling entirely. I’m sure he loves the Constitution — except for Article III. And maybe the Equal Protection Amendment. And the 14th Amendment, generally.”

Obama didn’t have to end the list of portions Republicans don’t approve of there. Safer to say the only parts they do like are the Second and Tenth Amendments. But he made his point, and throughout the night’s speech, he offered nothing but facts in the face of the relentless Republican assault on our freedoms.

He also tried to make sense of something all of us have noticed, that Republicans seem to be running against 2008, and not 2015, but Obama had a slightly different explanation:

In their world, everything was terrific back in 2008 when we were in the midst of a spiral into the worst financial crisis and economic crisis since the Great Depression, when unemployment and uninsured rates were rising and when our economy was shedding jobs each month, and we were mired in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, and bin Laden was still at large,” Obama said.

Those were the Golden Years, apparently. And then, I came in and messed it all up.

You got to give these folks credit for chutzpah. And so since everything was doing so well back in 2007-2008, now if we can just repeal Obamacare, and gut Wall Street reform, and shut down our government over women’s access to health care, and deny that the planet is getting warmer, they’ve got a plan to get us back on track.

But the central theme of the evening was LGBT rights and the president hammered the point home:

Time after time, the cynics told us that we were foolish to keep believing, that we were naïve to hope, that change was too messy or not possible at all. And if you admit it, there were some in this room here who were skeptical that everything that needed to happen would happen. The cynics were wrong. Tonight, we live in an America where ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is something that ‘don’t exist.’

We live in an America where a growing share of older generations recognize that love is love, and younger generations don’t even know what all the fuss was about. And tonight, thanks to the unbending sense of justice passed down through generations of citizens who never gave up hope that we could bring this country closer to our founding ideals — that all of us are created equal — we now live in America where our marriages are equal as well.

We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions. 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,” he said. “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.

President Obama wasted no time in denouncing ridiculous Republican talking points about so-called Religious Freedom, which is really just religious tyranny in disguise, the use of the Bible as a weapon to bully women, gays, and minorities – religious and ethnic.

The night’s speech was more than a simple list of Obama accomplishments, though it was that too. Americans will remember, as will historians one day, that it was President Obama who fought to move us forward as a people and as a nation, and Republicans who sought to anchor us in a dark and ugly past.

19 Replies to “President Obama Truth Bombs Republican Claims About Religious Freedom”

  1. …I didn’t used to hate…until the NeoConArtists, Teahadists and Teatards came to town…
    …Obama…deep respect…

  2. As per president Obama, leader of the FREE world, FREEDOM of RIGHTS is the “god of fortresses” above all other “gods”.
    …and each has desired and willingly received it mark on their foreheads and on their hands.

    President Obama said…“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions. 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,”.

    In reality, This FREEDOM does not show preference for nor discriminate against any ‘god’ or ‘self-belief’….for it confesses that all are equal, have equal validity and rights. It worships ONLY FREEDOM itself.

    And this FREEDOM dictates that it is RIGHT & GOOD, a right without judgement, to be free to worship ANY ‘god / belief’ as per one’s self justified definition of “good and evil”. All of mankind, each individual, carries its mark of allegiance to “freedom” on their foreheads a…

  3. Unless some asshat like David Barton does the history on this President, he will go down as the greatest President in our lifetime. All you have to do is study what the historians call great. Reagan considered great is a sham, he was way worse than Hoover ever thought about being.

  4. Please televise this speech ! President Obama hits the truth on every count ! He definitely will go down in history as one of our great Presidents !!

  5. We The People fought hard to elect PBO…
    We The People fought again to re-elect PBO…
    We The People, especially in this coming 2016 Presidential Election… fight harder than ever before to elect WE ALL BELIEVE WILL BEST REPRESENT ALL OF AMERICAN ELECTORATE!!!

    Thank you readers for being that part of PBO speech success!!!

  6. I missed the part where “America has spoken”. When was asked my thoughts and opinions?

    No, the SCOTUS decided. There’s a BIG difference Mr. President.

    And since when was marriage a constitutional right?!?! Please, cite this information. Someone, anyone, PLEASE!

    (hears only the sound of crickets in the background)

    Yeah. That’s what I thought.

  7. I looked very thoroughly for video. The White House hadn’t even updated the president’s schedule from the day before, let alone posted anything about the speech, such as transcript, images, video.

  8. You miss the part because you flunked civics in summer school
    The Equal Protection Clause is part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The clause, which took effect in 1868, provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction “the equal protection of the laws.”

  9. Gary,
    Concur 1000% about St. Ronnie. Only Andrew Johnson MAY have been a worse Prez. St. Ronnie, BAH!
    Hoover was more the stuckee for the idiotic policies of Harding and Coolidge and letting the good times roll. (The Roaring 20s)
    But Hoover must share in the blame for the Great Depression because he had a “Happy Days are here again” cabinet and advisors.

  10. The press stated that Pope Francis sided with Kentucky Kim.

    I side with her too–and if there’s a conflict with her work, she needs to RESIGN!

    She’s simply trying to have it both ways and trying to force her LGBT hate on everyone else.

  11. PS:
    The more I think about the Roaring Twenties, the more I think about the stupid WWI German Reparation Payments, the tremendous Germen inflation and the rise of some German character named Adolf who caused a hell of a lot of grief in this poor planet.

    But Harding, Coolidge and Hoover were more interested in letting the good times roll than to pay attention to Europe.

    How different the history of the twentieth century would have been if Gov. Cox of Ohio and his running mate, FDR, would have won the election of 1920 instead of Harding and Coolidge.

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