Early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate attack on the Constitution’s “freedom of religion” protections.
The report noted a crucial change in Obama’s language between his June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he spoke of a Muslim America and its “freedom of religion,” to the November 2009 memorial for the Fort Hood soldiers gunned down by a radical Muslim, where he termed it “freedom of worship.”
From that point on, “freedom of worship” has become the term of choice, the report said.
Now, the Daily Signal reports, the federal government has been using the term “freedom of worship” instead of the constitutional “freedom of religion” when it tests immigrants who wish to become citizens on their knowledge of the Constitution.
Now it’s gotten attention in Congress.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., charged during a hearing that included Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this week that the government is “misrepresenting” the First Amendment, the Daily Signal reported.
“We in the United States actually have freedom of religion, not freedom of worship,” Lankford said.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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