Sunday, February 16, 2014

Obama Showcases Hypocrisy at National Prayer Breakfast

By Rebecca Downs
Feb. 13, 2014

While we commend President Obama for his themes of encouraging religious freedom abroad at the National Prayer Breakfast, it is rather ironic for the president to be making such comments when domestically we are suffering from great abuses of religious freedom. The president also made statements which may have sounded pro-life in nature, though certainly the pro-abortion head of state was not referring to the unborn. He also mentioned issues on his political agenda such as gay rights and climate change.

While it is noteworthy that the president mentioned the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, by name, time will tell how much the Obama administration acts on this urgent matter. After all, words are just words. And, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), who represents Saeed's home state, recently criticized the U.S. State department for not doing enough. We can hope that with the president's call to action, more efforts will be made to release Pastor Saeed, as well as countless others being targeted for their faith.

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