Obama and Religious Freedom


A U.S. senator who co-chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus wants to know why President Barack Obama's actions don't match his words when it comes to promoting religious freedom.

The president just appointed a special envoy for religious minorities in the Near East and south central Asia, five months after members of Congress urged him to do so.

Now, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is concerned the position isn't being given the same gravitas as other envoys.

In a letter to President Obama he writes, "Within the State Department there are special envoys for climate change, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, to promote the human rights of LGBT persons, and to promote Islamic cooperation.... most special envoys... report directly to you. It is my understanding the special adviser for religious minorities... will report to Ambassador Saperstein" (Ambassador Saperstein is the nation's Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom).

You can read Sen. Lankford's full letter here.

This is just the latest grievance against President Obama when it comes to religious freedom.

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee recently chided the president for bending over backwards to accommodate Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay while turning his back on Christians who feel his administration is trampling on their religious freedoms.

"I'm just looking at the realities and saying, 'Could you show us a little love here?' If you really say you love us and you're one of us, give us a little affection," Huckabee told The Brody File.

We're seven years into Obama's administration and people still doubt his Christian faith. Recent polling shows 30 percent of Americans and nearly half of Republicans believe the president is Muslim.

Part of this disconnect is the Obama administration's disregard for the conscience of Christians when it comes to making policy. Remember the birth control mandate in Obamacare?

Sen. Lankford is asking the president to respond to his concerns by the end of the month.

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