Religious tolerance?

President Obama spoke today before the United Nations.  In light of the swelling anti-American demonstrations throughout the world (attributed alternatively by the administration as a reaction to a video, or terrorism), he spoke of the need for religious tolerance.

He basically told the world that religious tolerance is both fundamental, and jealously guarded in the United States.


Under President Obama’s health care mandates, Catholic institutions will now be forced provide insurance to their employees that covers abortion, sterilization and birth control…all forbidden by the Catholic religion.

I have a question.

Does “religious tolerance” apply  in the eyes of this President only when it is convenient?


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on September 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the ?bama administration is silent over demands to denounce “Piss Christ” “art”work:?
    If it was “Piss Mohammad”, the artist would be under arrest, a la the guy who did the so called “anti Muslim” video, the streets would be full of crazed Muslims, and ?bama would be screeching from the bully pulpit.
    What a difference a religion makes…..

    • ricbee on September 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      There doesn’t seem to be many rising up in the USA,how come?

  2. Plainvillian on September 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The president’s speech was an embarrassment.? He decried attempts to impugn the “prophet of Islam”.? Why didn’t he speak against those Muslims who “bitterly cling to their religion and their guns” in his speech or are bitter clingers only found in the US?

    • Dimsdale on September 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Correction: they are only found in the US and they are Christians.

  3. JBS on September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    From Obama’s speech” “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”? ?????
    Obama wants to have it both ways. Pandering propaganda to the Muslims of the world. Declaring to them that the United States will not condone slander of Mohammed is saying that the US doesn’t protect free speech.?
    Which way is it, does the United States protect free speech? Or, do will Obama muzzle any questioning of Islam?
    He can’t have it both ways.

  4. Murphy on September 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Obamination does not recognize Catholicism as a religion just the enemy.

  5. Anne-EH on September 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    It all comes down to a “double standard”, in translation, Obama says in other words, “don’t you dare attack Islam”, yet I have NO PROBLEM if it is attacking either the Jewish or Christian faiths. How ironic, in regards to the later, that this day is the most important day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, the day of attonement.

  6. Tim-in-Alabama on September 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    We must behead those who do not support Obama’s view of religious tolerance or Obamacare.

  7. Lynn on September 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    The President has no tolance for any VIEWpoint other than his own. That ole eye candy guy!

  8. JBS on September 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    It is obvious to me that Obama has tolerance only for Islam. He has no political tolerance for Christianity.? He has indicated in speeches that ?The right wing, the Christian right, has . . .? hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.? And, that they “organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia.” It is a theme he has revisited at least twice in his frequent speech making.

    He has told Egyptians that “the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.
    So, what about Al Qaeda?
    He can’t have it both ways.

  9. ricbee on September 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Obama doesn’t have a bit of sense & his handlers are also idiots. Shades of Jimmy Carter.All Rinomney needs to do is channel Reagan. He could be the first President to win by national acclaim,Obama would resign in disgrace.

  10. Linda Mae on September 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

    How true!? Soon it will be illegal to begin a joke with “A priest, pastor and rabbi walk into a gin joint….”? Oh – wait will only be illegal if we add an imam.? Otherwise it’s still open season for the other 3 faiths…….

  11. Anne-EH on September 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I leave with a question. Why are Muslims so “sensitive” to the slightest slight?

    Christians have taken so much abuse and more, yet you do not see Christian leaders putting out “death threats” or “rioting.” ?But then again, Jesus warned about these things in the Gospels.

  12. gillie28 on September 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Had to put this somewhere – one of my favorite “worldly” songs ever.? Leonard Cohen also wrote it and performed it originally back in the “folk” day:?


  13. gillie28 on September 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    This verse says it all – can apply to every person of faith, no matter how they “name” God:
    I did my best, it wasn’t much
    I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
    I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
    And even though
    It all went wrong
    I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
    With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

  14. PatRiot on September 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    This guy can’t even give a clear “Do as I say but not as I do” message.?
    And let’s go to Johnnie Donovan —??”Thank you?Mr. Obama, for playing “Who thinks they can be President?”.? Please exit to the left…..?Next contestant please.”

  15. winnie on October 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Liberals b & moan about separation of church and state all the time…yet it cuts both ways. ?If our current leaders want to take God out of every aspect of American life, then they have no business legislating what the Catholic church covers through their insurance plans. ?The hypocrisy and total disregard for religious freedom displayed by this administration doesn’t surprise me but it still rubs me wrong.


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