Obama Tells Christians That Gay Rights Come Before Their Religious Freedoms
President Obama threw down the gauntlet this weekend declaring war on religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Speaking at a LFTB fundraiser in New York, Obama sent a clear signal that gay rights, including same-sex marriage, would take precedence over the rights of Christians to practice their faith.
“Our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
The LGBT event coincided with the president’s latest executive order, signed Monday, barring federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The president’s executive order in effect withholds federal money from companies and organizations that do not conform to the LGBT agenda.
Faith leaders had lobbied for an exemption to the sweeping order for religious organizations such as World Relief, World Vision, and Catholic Charities, but Obama rejected any concession to his zero-tolerance policy.
The executive order bars any Christian-owned company or organization that has a federal contract from establishing policies that require employees’ compliance with the basic tenets of the owner’s faith.
“If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith, then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith,” commented Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council.
Sprigg called the president’s order “viewpoint blackmail” that bullies contractors into violating their moral or religious objections to homosexuality.
Vice-President Joe Biden recently referred to such belief as “inhumanity.”
Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville has summed up the progressive agenda by saying, “There are people who are willing to use whatever means necessary to force religious institutions to conform to the new sexual morality.”
Rep.Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL) and chair of the Democratic National Committee attended the LGBT fundraiser, as did Star Trek actor George Takei.