President Obama Slams Conservatives: ‘Religious Freedom’ No Excuse For Discrimination


On Sunday night, President Barack Obama slammed Republicans who feel it is appropriate to use “religious freedom” as an excuse to discriminate against gay people. Speaking at a DNC fundraiser in New york City, the President told the crowd of about 500 that conservatives like homophobic bigot Kim Davis have no right to use their religion in a manner that is detrimental to the wellbeing of others.

“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” Obama said, adding:

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But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights. And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and interests of religious institutions, we need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes. That’s not how we move America forward.

In addition, Obama went on the attack against Republicans who use religion to support discrimination:

And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and interests of religious institutions, we need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes. That’s not how we move America forward.

“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay,” Obama said, mocking Ben Carson’s idiotic assertion earlier this year. “Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality — which isn’t even an accomplishment at all,” the President said, slamming Ted Cruz. “A third says Americans should just disobey the Supreme Court’s ruling entirely,” Obama said of…Well, that could apply to much of the GOP field.

“I’m sure he loves the Constitution — except for Article III.  And maybe the Equal Protection Amendment.  And 14th Amendment, generally,” Obama joked.

The President reminded his audience that “we live in an America where ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is something that ‘don’t exist'” because he lifted the Pentagon policy that banned the LGBT community from both being open about who they are and serving in the military. “And tonight, thanks to the unbending sense of justice passed down through generations of citizens who never gave up hope that we could bring this country closer to our founding ideals…we now live in America where our marriages are equal as well.”

The President reminded his audience of our  “responsibility to stand up to bigotry — not just against us, but against anybody, anywhere,” and to “condemn hatred against anybody —  gay or straight, black or white, Christian, Muslim, Jew, non-believer, immigrant” because we have an obligation to be “champions on behalf of justice for everybody, not just our own.”

When we stand up to bigotry and oppression, Obama said, we represent “America at its best.”


 

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