Who Knew Our President Was Such a Great Comedian?

This arrived from the White House Press Office today. I thought, “Oh, those crazy guys at Eye of the Tiber must have hacked the WH servers and sent this out as a gag.”

But, no, the man who’s grinding his jackboot into our religious liberty actually issued this statement today.

As the kids today say, ROTFLMFA.


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Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the Statute affirmed that “Almighty God hath created the mind free” and “all men shall be free to profess . . . their opinions in matters of religion.” Years later, our Founders looked to the Statute as a model when they enshrined the principle of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights. [Along with the right to keep and bear arms without any mention of quantity, clip size, or other limitations.]

Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose. 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. [Does a proclamation on religious liberty need to mention the atheists? Do they single out white people for some special mention during Black History Month?] Our patchwork heritage is a strength we owe to our religious freedom.

Americans of every faith have molded the character of our Nation. They were pilgrims who sought refuge from persecution; pioneers who pursued brighter horizons; protesters who fought for abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. [And, y'know, not murdering children.] Each generation has seen people of different faiths join together to advance peace, justice, and dignity for all. [Well, for some.]

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.

As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution. [Ho ho he he hahahaha, bwaaahahahahaha!]

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2013, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations at home and around the world.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

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  • S. Murphy

    Actually, let him mention atheists. It shows at least an unconscious recognition that threatening religious freedom threatens intellectual freedom – a connection P.Z. Myers might not grok, but someone like Penn Gillette might. I think that’s the argument we’re going to have to make, going forward.

  • victor

    Like I said in the earlier post’s comments: logic, rule of law, common decency just are not concepts that carry a lot of water for these folk.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I have really grown to despise this man. It has not been that way throughout the entire presidency. I know it’s not very Christian of me, but this man is a bald faced liar. And has an ego the size of Lucifer.

  • Kristen inDallas

    Beliefs shape actions, but actions can shape beliefs as well. The more a person tells the same lie out of personal self-interest, the more they come to believe the lie. Now I’m not someone who supports most/any of the policies our administration has enacted so far. But (with the exception of counting athesists as a religious category), almost every single statement in that press release affirms and supports the very thing most Catholics and pro-constitutionalists have been saying all along. Does he believe it? Who knows. I can’t judge his heart. But he said it. Whether he really is trying to reach out to the religious or even if it’s just for the PR op, it’s a step in the right dirrection. And we’d be fools to sit around complaining about it rather than praying he means it, praying even if he doesn’t mean it his words will start to change his heart, and asking him to take today to really listen to what we’ve been trying to say, in the name of reilgios freedom.

  • http://decentfilms.com SDG

    Very funny! Both of Obama (unintentionally) and you (intentionally).

    One caveat: “Does a proclamation on religious liberty need to mention the atheists? Do they single out white people for some special mention during Black History Month?” Bad parallel, for two reasons.

    First, religious freedom in principle does include the freedom not to be religious, in a way that the topic of black history does not in principle include white history.

    Second, white people are the privileged majority who can afford not to feel slighted or threatened by the subject of black history. Atheists are a teeny-tiny minority, and it’s reasonable for them to want to make a point of asserting how religious freedom benefits them, as opposed to being a special freedom for religious people.

  • http://moss-place.stblogs.org Peony Moss

    The tell is right there in the first paragraph: “freedom of worship” — Do what you want in church with the door closed but forget that “free exercise” stuff.

  • http://none Moomi

    Can’t say I blame the POTUS for turning his back on us Catholics. We didn’t exactly rise up against slavery nor have we ministered to the black community as effectively as they have organically ministered to themselves.

  • http://www.catholiccrossreference.com/ Jeffrey Pinyan

    “The year of our Lord”… really!

  • Loud

    hmm… maybenot as a group we didnt rise upagainst slavery, but the Church herself has always considered it to be degrading our human nature and many bishops spoke out. But still, the potus isnt supposed to be getting…. revenge…? on people for NOT being as hlepful as they could (alittle misplassed, dont you think?), he should be looking out for the rights and welfare of all america.
    Nd as for athiests being mentioned, thats fine. You have to have the right to not ascribe yourself to a choice in order for your final choice to actually be free. I may not like the idea of some one never making a choice to belive, but It is not within my, or anyones right, to push them (nudges acceptable ;) ) The ability to be athiest is a small part of the ability to freely not be one. perhaps that isnt a major concern right now, but it wasnt mjorly out of place either.

  • Margie Johnson

    IF (and it’s VERY hard to give him the benefit of the DOUBT) President Obama were SINCERE in his proclaimation of Religious Freedom Day, in which HE encouraged “…ALL Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s LIBERTY…” AND that it “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…”

    Again I say, IF he were SINCERE regarding HIS proclaimation, HE WOULD HAVE (not simply ‘SHOULD’ have) followed the above two (2) statements with a DEMAND that Iran RELEASE Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian born, naturalized AMERICAN citizen…from their notoriously, tortorous prison and return him IMMEDIATELY to the UNITED States of AMERICA, even PRIOR to his Monday MOCK trial before a judge KNOWN by the UNITED NATIONS as a ‘hanging judge’.

    CHARGES against him: Crimes against ‘the state’.
    WHY he was in Iran: To finalize papers to OPEN a SECULAR (i.e. NON-Christian) ORPHANGE!

    I may NOT KNOW what’s in his HEART…but I CAN surely read his (ongoing) HYPOCRISY!

  • David WS

    Such hypocrisy, we have to laugh. This is the first time I have ever had a firm distrust of a President.. The man is spoiled and a bully. I still have a hard time understanding how so many Americans were duped into voting for this man.

    I think though that we are witnessing the end of the Democratic Party as we know it. I know that they’re riding high now, but I think that this present time will be considered the peak of so called Liberalism. It has become The Party of Death. A party of death cannot long survive.

  • JoFro

    Huh? Catholics fought on both sides of the slavery issue, pretty much like every other Church. And, priests and nuns were on the frontlines with Black civil rights leaders during the Civil Rights marches. As for ministering to the Black community, remember that the Catholic Church in America has always first been an ethnic church. This is the reason why the Irish, Italians, Germans and Czech immigrants, including the Mexicans and Hungarians have all had churches or Masses for their communities. This of course is a problem, no doubt but expect to see a huge black Catholic community in the coming years – heard of the number of Nigerian Catholics in America?