Statements made by President Barack Obama about religion are at odds with policies his administration has promoted, charged Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
"I'm not questioning his faith. I accept his profession of faith. What I'm questioning are his policies," Reed told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.
Obama "was a remarkable Democrat, because he got up and gave a speech when he was getting ready to run for president, and really took on his own party, and said, 'In the past, we have been insensitive to faith.' He should have been different in his policies," Reed said.
Reed details his claims in a new book, "Awakening: How America Can Turn From Economic and Moral Destruction Back to Greatness."
He described it as a "hopeful book," which explains that a society "need not perish," but could "regenerate."
A prime example of the president's policy on religion was in a case involving the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Reed explained. After administrators fired a teacher and minister, Reed said the White House sued, claiming "churches in America shouldn't have the right to hire and fire their own ministers." The court voted unanimously in favor of the church.
The Department of Health and Human Services, through Obamacare, was interfering with religious liberty by "forcing religious charities to provide healthcare services that violate their religious teaching and their conscience," Reed said.
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The Internal Revenue Service's probe into conservative organizations also intruded on religion through the questions they posed to group members, Reed suggested. He said the issue had not gained much media attention because the focus had been on the "tea party aspect of this."
"IRS agents were submitting questionnaires to pro-life and Christian organizations and asking them about the content of their prayers," he said.
Reed said he believed American society had "lost its way" through the explosion of divorces, babies born of unwed mothers, and drug use among young people. But he said the nation could rebound.
"We've done it before. We can do it again," Reed said.
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