Sunday, July 18, 2010

Freedom of worship vs. Freedom of Religion

President Obama and Hillary Clinton are using the expression "Freedom of Worship" rather than "Freedom of Religion." The change may sound innocent or even accidental but it is not. The change is deliberate and it is dangerous.

So what's the difference? The article says it well:
Let's be clear, however; language matters when it comes to defining freedoms and limits. A shift from freedom of religion to freedom of worship moves the dialog from the world stage into the physical confines of a church, temple, synagogue or mosque. Such limitations can unleash an unbridled initiative that we have only experienced in a mild way through actions determined to remove of roadside crosses, wearing of religious t-shirts and pro-life pins as well as any initiatives of evangelization. It also could exclude our right to raise our children in our faith, the right to religious education, literature or media, the right to raise funds or organize charitable activities and the right to express religious beliefs in the normal discourse of life.
If you read only one article this week, please read "Minor changes in language could mean major changes in religious freedom."

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