Charles Colson, Dr. James C. Dobson and now Rick Warren have warned us that a sneaky conspiracy of dangerous liberals are threatening “freedom of religion” by calling it, instead, “freedom of worship.”
These devious liberals are so sneaky about this that most of the time they say “freedom of religion,” but they also occasionally mix in that terrifying, anti-Christian, un-American phrase “freedom of worship.” And that can only mean that they want to abolish the freedom of religion.
President Obama has been especially crafty. He’s spoken forcefully in praise or defense of the “freedom of religion” on dozens of occasions — just to get Christians to let down their guard. But he’s also shown his true colors several times by uttering that evil phrase “freedom of worship.”
And he’s not alone. Many others are in on it with him, recklessly jeopardizing our precious freedom of religion by sometimes speaking instead of that outrageous sham, the “freedom of worship.”
Here are just a few of Obama’s fellow-travelers:
Dr. James C. Dobson: “This great representative form of government, which was given to us by the Founding Fathers, is the source of our freedom to worship as we choose.” And: “The beautiful thing, Larry, about the Judeo-Christian system of values is that it provides freedom. Freedom to worship however you want to or freedom not to worship at all.”
Rep. Ron Paul: “In this critical election you and I must decide if the principles of limited government and personal freedom, including the freedom to worship as we want, are worth fighting for once again.”
President George W. Bush: “That’s the great thing about America, is the right to worship the way you see fit.” And: “My prayer is that all persecution will end, so that all in China are free to gather and worship as they wish.”
President Ronald Reagan: “Our forbearers came not for gold, but mainly in search of God and the freedom to worship in their own way.” And: “Religious intolerance, particularly in the Soviet Union, continues to deprive millions of the freedom to worship as they choose.”
President George Washington: “The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.”
Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy: “But there is before us the right of freedom to believe, freedom to worship one’s Maker according to the dictates of one’s conscience, a right which the Constitution specifically shelters.”
The Texas Constitution: “Article I, Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. …”
The Tennessee Constitution: “Article I, § 3. Freedom of worship …”
These officials and documents employ this phrase in just the same casual way as President Obama uses it — treating it almost as though it were some kind of synonym for freedom of religion, as though it were just another way of saying the same thing in different words.
But as Colson, Dobson and Warren have assured us, this fraudulent freedom of worship is nothing at all like the freedom of religion. And that can only mean that Washington, Reagan, Bush, Paul, Murphy and the states of Texas and Tennessee are all part of Obama’s diabolical war on religion.