President Obama, who has been trying to reframe the Constitution’s protection of religious rights to the narrower “freedom to worship” rather than “freedom of religion” went a step further over the weekend in an address to a homosexual festival.
He said at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Gala in New York that the Constitution’s protections for “gay” rights trump the protection for religious rights.
“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he said. ‘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.”
Obama said that “even as we are respectful and accommodating of 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 said.
The conflict arose when the Supreme Court in June created a right to “same-sex marriage,” overturning the votes of people in a majority of states.
The Obergefell opinion, in a narrow 5-4 vote, included a perfunctory acknowledgement of the constitutional free exercise of religion.
However, in practice, religious rights are succumbing to the “right to gay marriage,” as illustrated in the case of Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis.
A federal judge jailed Davis for six days after she refused to follow his order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
WND reported Monday Pope Francis comes supported Davis.
“Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure because it is a right,” he said to reporters as he flew home to Rome on the heels of a 10-day stop in America, Reuters reported.
“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection, but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said.
“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right. Otherwise, we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying, ‘This right has merit, this one does not.’”
Obama, at the “gay” festival, also quoted Harvey Milk – a San Francisco city official whose biography describes how he had a penchant for sex with young boys – as a hero of the movement.
“Harvey Milk once said, ‘If a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.’ But to those of us who’ve made it through those doors, we’ve got a unique obligation to reach back and make sure other people can make it through those doors, too,” Obama said.
“We have a responsibility to stand up to bigotry not just against us, but against anybody, anywhere. We have a responsibility to stand up for freedom – not just our own freedom, but for everybody’s freedom. We speak up to condemn hatred against anybody – gay or straight, black or white, Christian, Muslim, Jew, non-believer, immigrant because we remember what silence felt like when hatred was directed at us, and we’ve got to be champions on behalf of justice for everybody, not just our own. ”
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