n a special weekly address, celebrating the 4th of July, President Barack Obama said that Americans are free to “worship” as they please–which mirrors language in the Iraqi constitution, but contrasts with the First Amendment to our own constitution which denies government any power to prohibit “the free exercise” of religion.

Obama’s reference to freedom of “worship” rather than “free exercise” of religion is not a new one–but it is a telling one.

Obama speaks of freedom of “worship” rather than the “free exercise” of religion because at this very moment–on this 4th of July–he is attacking the free exercise of religion and denying it to Christians of multiple denominations who insist that his administration has no right to issue regulations forcing them into complicity with the taking of innocent human lives.

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