Religious Freedom According to the President

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

It’s “the right to worship as we choose,” President Obama said at Friday night’s White House Iftar dinner. He went on to add that “every American has the right to practice their faith both openly and freely, and as they choose.” His definitions of the words openly and freely are different from what our Founding Fathers intended, though. The University of Notre Dame, the Evangelical Wheaton College, and small businessmen, among others, wouldn’t currently be suing the federal government if this White House’s policy reflected that principle. In fact, the Justice Department is arguing just the opposite in federal court in Denver: “Once [an organization] enters the marketplace of commerce in any substantial degree it loses the complete control over its membership that it would otherwise enjoy if it confined its affairs to the marketplace of ideas.”