Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, says he's "amazed" President Barack Obama made the need for more respect for freedom of religion a major theme of his National Prayer Breakfast speech this week.
"He's presiding over an administration that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and argued in a landmark … case that a church did not have the right to select, hire, and fire its own ministers and teachers," Reed told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The Supreme Court rejected that argument nine to zero…. The liberals on the court, the court unanimously … was astonished that this involved the right of a Lutheran Church to determine who its ministers were and who taught in its school.
"And the Obama administration, the solicitor general of the United States, said it did not have the right."
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Another shock move by Obama was his trip to Turkey, where he "stood on foreign soil in a Muslim country, and said this was not a Christian nation," Reed added.
"Now, if by that, he meant we're not a theocracy, we certainly would all agree with that, but to make that kind of statement to suggest that our country, or imply that country, was not built on certain foundational, faith-based values was a huge miscalculation and did a disservice to the country."
Reed also said the Affordable Care Act's religious charity mandate that forces Catholic hospitals, evangelical and Catholic colleges and universities, and other charities to subsidize healthcare and medical services that violate their religious teaching is wrong.
To "assault their conscience, and undermine their faith is unconstitutional and will ultimately be overturned and I'm sorry to say that this administration has been more insensitive and, at times, openly hostile to the role of faith in the public square than any administration in U.S. history," he said.
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