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Obama, Pope Francis find common ground, sharp divisions

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jbowenortho March 27 2014 at 2:16 PM

Seems like some spin doctoring is going on here. Obama only mentions those things he finds acceptable in the Pope's positions, while pretending that the issue of religious freedom wasn't an issue at all. Clearly it was. Sound familiar?

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jagold jbowenortho March 27 2014 at 3:41 PM

NOTHING in Obamacare interferes with one's personal religious freedoms! I know of no religion in America, which does not belief in healthcare insurance. Obamacare does not force any one to have an abortion or get sterilized. President Obama through actual language in the ACA legislation and the implementing regulations and guidelines provides waivers and exceptions to religious organizations.

However, religious groups are not allowed to violate and break the laws of the land as they practice their religious beliefs and they are not allowed to threaten and endanger the life, health and safety of persons, who are American citizens or residents in America.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The “establishment clause” prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the "separation of church and state."

If the government bends over backward to accommodate the Church of Rome or any Christian religion; then when Christian Scientists, ultra-conservative Muslims believers from the Middle East and other religious groups that are little more than the sheep being led to the slaughter by charismatic “crazy” men must also be accommodated above and beyond the law. Remember Jim Jones and the sweat lodge tragedy in Arizona; when people died or were harmed, those religious leaders were hunted down and dealt with by the government.

What next, employers demand that they will not pay for blood transfusions or employers insisting they have the right to not pay for medical services when a male doctor examines and touches a female patient? Remember, atheists also have religious freedom; their beliefs are there is no God or gods. Must they conform to the religious beliefs of the owners of a major for profit corporation for whom they work.

“The free exercise clause” prohibits the government, in most instances, from interfering with a person's practice of their religion. However, if certain religious practices create a national security or public health safety risk, endanger the health and safety of the church members or others, or fails to properly protect children and prevents them from being properly cared for, protected and educated … the courts support the government in enforcing the appropriate laws.

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toneitup March 27 2014 at 1:11 PM

SO let me get this right....The Pope meet the DEVIL and ....

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fmasone March 27 2014 at 1:11 PM

President Obama needs to tell the truth more

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chaparel March 27 2014 at 1:11 PM

I think I heard the Pope whisper, "please don't steal the hotel towels on your way out."

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stratuzz March 28 2014 at 1:06 AM

I'm not Catholic or anything else for that matter. I like Pope Francis. He has a very nice smile.

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ReReDeck March 27 2014 at 1:11 PM

what no bow ; not an islamic king.

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deedeeace March 27 2014 at 11:25 AM

I do not see any evidence of a bow. Am I mistaken?

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baestarchild deedeeace March 27 2014 at 11:40 AM

Selective I guess!!!

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nches21011 deedeeace March 27 2014 at 11:43 AM

It is appropriate to kiss the papal ring. Didn't see that happen.

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peg2584 nches21011 March 27 2014 at 12:10 PM

You do realize that this was a very edited video?

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thunderboatsuzy March 27 2014 at 7:32 PM

they look like they are enjoying each others company too great leaders amen.

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Christina March 27 2014 at 1:53 PM

Awkward...

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Mike March 27 2014 at 11:41 AM

It still boogles my mind that the US government has not stepped in to protect children or prosecute the Catholic Church on behalf of the tens of thousand known Church victims from just recent years.

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