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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:15 PM

Obama recognizes non-believers in ‘Religious Freedom Day’ proclamation

President Barack Obama on Wednesday again recognized the rights of atheists and agnostics in his Religious Freedom Day proclamation.

“Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,” he said. “As a free country, our story has been shaped by every language and enriched by every culture. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Sikhs and non-believers. Our patchwork heritage is a strength we owe to our religious freedom.”
“Today, we also remember that religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace,” the President added.


Religious Freedom Day, which has been celebrated on January 16 every year since 1993, commemorates the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786. The statute was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and declared, “no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief.”

Last year, Obama noted the statute “preserved religious freedom for both believers and non-believers for over 220 years,” and in 2011 he said the Founding Fathers upheld “the right to believe in no religion at all.”



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Reply Obama recognizes non-believers in ‘Religious Freedom Day’ proclamation (Original post)
octoberlib Jan 2013 OP
fadedrose Jan 2013 #1
cantbeserious Jan 2013 #2
defacto7 Jan 2013 #3
LibertyLover Jan 2013 #4
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #6
forestpath Jan 2013 #5
ReRe Jan 2013 #8
forestpath Jan 2013 #9
ReRe Jan 2013 #11
forestpath Jan 2013 #21
Hekate Jan 2013 #14
Politicub Jan 2013 #7
Bonobo Jan 2013 #10
Hekate Jan 2013 #15
Bonobo Jan 2013 #18
Hekate Jan 2013 #19
forestpath Jan 2013 #22
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #24
lindysalsagal Jan 2013 #28
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #27
amuse bouche Jan 2013 #12
valerief Jan 2013 #13
Hekate Jan 2013 #16
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #17
shanti Jan 2013 #20
cer7711 Jan 2013 #23
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #25
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #26

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:20 PM

1. Thank you, Mr. President...

I don't have religious beliefs, just hunches.

I feel that you are a gift to us for acknowledging this freedom. It's about time.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:23 PM

2. Thank You For Affirming My Prerogative To Choose No Religion

eom

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:30 PM

3. My deepest gratitude to you, Mr. President

for speaking openly of our right to freedom from religion.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:34 PM

4. That's great -

but he could have mentioned pagans too.

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Response to LibertyLover (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:57 PM

6. They are the worst...

just kidding

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:39 PM

5. And yet there is an office of FAITH-BASED and neighborhood partnerships in the HHS.

 

The government partners with faith-based organizations, a sign of preference that should not exist IMO.

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Response to forestpath (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:17 PM

8. I agree..

Didn't that start under GWB?

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Response to ReRe (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:22 PM

9. Yes, it was. It used to be part of the White House. Obama moved it to HHS.

 

He should have gotten rid of the "faith-based" part.

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Response to forestpath (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:39 PM

11. Well, I totally agree...

...it's a foot in the door and I don't like it. I am a staunch believer in the separation of Church and State. I don't want to wake up someday and find myself in a country like Iran or Saudi Arabia!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:49 PM

21. A foot in the door - exactly.

 

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Response to forestpath (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:25 PM

14. That is a relic of GWB's administration and it's been moved out of the White House

Not exactly Obama's fault, and his actions show he is distancing himself from it.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:15 PM

7. The second term is off to a strong start

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:26 PM

10. I don't care for the phrase "Non-believer"...

It has the ring of "heretic" or "apostate" to me.

I consider myself an Atheist and, on my more faith-clutching days, an Agnostic.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:28 PM

15. It's a simple construct of the English language

Believer -- non-believer

It's not pejorative unless someone makes it so.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:37 PM

18. I merely said I don't care for it. As for your argument...

the same could be said for "darkie", "colored", "negro", etc.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:39 PM

19. Oy.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:54 PM

22. Yep -as if "believer" is the default.

 

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Response to forestpath (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:09 AM

24. Exactly. nt

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Response to forestpath (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:20 PM

28. All bigots consider their position the default, and any other a sign of mental illness.

Which says more about them than it ever will about the rest of us.

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:07 AM

27. the one i cannot abide is 'non-theist'.

 

never mix latin and greek!

i too prefer 'atheist' but 'godless heathen' will do in a pinch

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:44 PM

12. Bravo Mr President

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:56 PM

13. Woo hoo. Now, next time put us non-believers FIRST! nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:36 PM

16. Very fitting for a president from multi-cultural religiously liberal origins

His Tutu's funeral service was in the Unitarian Church. Whether she was a member I don't know, but they are all-embracing and would not have turned the family away.

He was not raised in a religious household -- his grandparents were skeptics, and both his father and step-father were non-practicing Muslims -- his father in particular was an atheist. His mother was "spiritual" but not a member of a church.

He's a Christian, to be sure, but those are his roots and he does not cut himself off from them.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:36 PM

17. Very nice, Mr. President.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:44 PM

20. thank you for that, president obama!

has any other president done this before?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:01 AM

23. I Wish Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov & Bertrand Russell . . .

. . . had lived long enough to see this day.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Now how about we remove that "under God" nonsense (inserted in the 50s at the height of the "Red Scare") from our Pledge of Allegiance? We indeed should be "one nation, indivisible"--period, the end.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:10 AM

25. Well, as the saying goes, we're all atheists, right?

Or, for that matter, "non-believers", as if there is something there to 'not-believe' in.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:36 AM

26. Outstanding Mr President!

 

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