US Bill of Rights – Amendment I
“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.”
- 1/16/1789 Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
- 6/18/1786 82. A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom
- 2/3/16 Remarks by President Obama at Islamic Society of Baltimore
- 8/10/16 FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting Religious Freedom Around the Globe
- 12/16/16 President Obama signs Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act
- The Founding Fathers and Islam (May 2002) – Library of Congress
- Education from LVA: Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
“I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation. And as somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise. But I’m also respectful that people of different faiths can practice their religion, even if they don’t subscribe to the exact same notions that I do, and that they are still good people, and they are my neighbors and they are my friends, and they are fighting alongside us in our battles.”
8/10/12 10:00 AM ET Sikh Temple of Wisconsin wake and memorial service
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“I was in Aurora to meet those who lost loved ones during that terrible shooting. And I just had a chance to see some of the first responders who helped to save lives and comfort families during that terrible, terrible day. Unfortunately, since that time, we’ve had another tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six members of our community were killed as they entered into a house of worship.
And so I think we can all acknowledge, we’ve got to put an end to this kind of senseless violence — whether it’s in Aurora, whether it’s in Oak Creek, whether it’s in Tucson, whether it’s in cities all across America where too many lives are cut short because of senseless violence. This is going to have to stop. And as an American family — as one American family — we’re going to have to come together and look at all the approaches that we can take to try to bring an end to it.
And I want you to all know that the thoughts and prayers of the entire nation remain with those in Aurora. And even though the perpetrators of these acts have received a lot of attention, attention on them will fade and what will be replaced are the stories of heroism and hope that we’ve seen here in Colorado, and in Wisconsin, and across the nation. That’s what we’ll remember. That’s what’s going to matter. That’s what we will value — the strength and the resilience and the care and the love of the American people.”
August 08, 2012
Readout of the President’s Call with the Prime Minister of India
President Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this morning to express condolences for victims of the senseless attack at the gurdwara in Wisconsin, which took the lives of Indian nationals as well as Americans, and to convey the solidarity of the American people. President Obama reiterated that the Sikh community is an essential and vibrant part of the American family. The President also underscored that the incident is particularly tragic because it took place in a house of worship. Prime Minister Singh expressed his gratitude for the many messages and gestures of support from the United States, and for the prompt reaction and heroism of the local police department. The two leaders re-affirmed their nations’ commitment to the shared values of pluralism, religious freedom, and freedom of worship.
Presidential Proclamation–Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin