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08/11/2012 United States (Christian Post) – While hosting his fourth Iftar dinner Friday night at the White House, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the freedom of religion and the right to worship as the foremost freedom in America.
“It’s enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution – the law of the land, always and forever. It beats in our heart – in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator,” Obama said.
His speech comes just after the Mitt Romney presidential campaign released an ad saying that Obama is threatening religious freedom in the country.
“Who shares your values?” the ad asks. “President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.
“When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?”
The ad was attacking Obama over the Health and Human Services mandate that employers cover contraception, abortifacients and sterilization in their employees’ health insurance. Religious institutions, such as hospitals and colleges, are not exempt from the mandate. Both Catholics and evangelicals are protesting the mandate for violating their religious freedom.
But while hosting Muslim Americans during Ramadan – the holiest month of the year for Muslims – Obama expressed his commitment to defending the freedom of religion.

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