Friday, January 13, 2012

Religious Freedom Day 2012

His Grace has just received this communication from The White House. He is at a loss to know why President Obama keeps honouring him with such polite missives, not least because His Grace can hardly wait for President Obama to be ousted (not that he will be). It is curious that His Grace has never received anything from 10 Downing Street (or Lambeth Palace, for that matter). He would like very much to receive a proclamation from the Prime Minister concerning the UK's 'Religious Freedom Day'. He could do with a laugh.

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 13, 2012
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For nearly four centuries, men and women have immigrated to America's shores in pursuit of religious freedom. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and faiths, countless settlers have shared a simple aspiration -- to practice their beliefs free from prejudice and persecution. In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly took a bold step toward preserving this fundamental liberty by passing the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which brought to life the ideal of religious tolerance from the texts of the Enlightenment in the laws of state. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate this historic milestone, reflect upon the Statute's declaration that "Almighty God hath created the mind free," and reaffirm that the American people will remain forever unshackled in matters of faith.

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia Statute formed the basis for the First Amendment, which has preserved religious freedom for both believers and non-believers for over 220 years. As our Nation has grown, so too has its diversity of faiths, cultures, and traditions; today, individuals of rich and varied beliefs call America home and seek to follow their consciences in peace. Our long history of religious tolerance and pluralism has strengthened our country, helped create a vibrant civil society, and remained true to the principles enshrined in our founding documents.

Our Nation is committed to religious liberty not only for all Americans, but also for individuals around the world. Internationally, we bear witness to those who live in fear of violence and discrimination because of their beliefs. My Administration continues to stand with all who are denied the ability to choose, express, or live their faith freely, and we remain dedicated to protecting this universal human right and the vital role it plays in ensuring peace and stability for all nations.

Today, as we reflect on the many ways religious freedom enriches our country and our lives, let us lend our voice to all people striving to exercise their innate right to a free mind.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2012, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation's liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations at home and around the world.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

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Blogger AnonymousInBelfast said...

If it came from Downing Street it would probably have to be dated to the Common Era (or perhaps under previous administrations, "since the founding of the NHS").

13 January 2012 at 18:39  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. Let’s hope EVERY Islamic country in this sad world has received this....

13 January 2012 at 18:45  
Blogger len said...

Religious freedom is a good thing.
But when religion is bound up with a political/religious /legal/ World view then the problems start.

When compulsion to join a religion is enforced(by whatever means) then freedom to practice this religion and enforce it on others is definitely a bad thing.

The rights and the free will of the individual to chose (or not to choose) a particular religion is of paramount importance.

13 January 2012 at 19:23  
Blogger graham wood said...

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America........ do hereby proclaim January 16, 2012, as Religious Freedom Day."

Hey Barack. Why not extend the day to the 17th as well .... and then, well, keep going.

13 January 2012 at 19:33  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Can’t help feeling America would be better off with a Viceroy instead of a President

13 January 2012 at 20:17  
Blogger Preacher said...

A Viceroy? Sounds like a cigarette or a member of a New York street gang.

13 January 2012 at 20:22  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Preacher. You’re thinking of the formally popular Players cigarette ‘Regal’ and the fearsome black name ‘Leroy’. God bless you sheltered types, one supposes being brought up in a country vicarage has left some gaps in your ‘street’ education...

13 January 2012 at 20:48  
Blogger Preacher said...

ROFL. Me?, South London & not the good bit.
University: Street. (passed with honours).
Country Vicarage? Didn't know what a Cow was for years, thought milk came from bottles.

Thanks for the best laugh I've had in ages. Must go, gotta catch breath before I black out.

Blessings. Preacher.

13 January 2012 at 21:28  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Same here padre, School of Hard Knocks then University of Life. Rather it was Eton then the Guards, but as it was, turned out just as well...

13 January 2012 at 21:50  
Blogger Preacher said...

See you at the class reunion then?

13 January 2012 at 21:53  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace;
Better the devil you know.......

Congratulations on your international status.

13 January 2012 at 22:02  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

It is hard to understate the utter worthlessness of these proclamations. I will only say that good bandwidth was consumed to display that White House proclamation to me. That bandwidth could have been used for a worthwhile purpose - like conveying electronic noise.


13 January 2012 at 22:29  
Blogger Dodo the Katholikos Dude said...

You mean overstate .... Honestly you Yanks just can't grasp the Queen's English!



1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium". Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise". You will learn that the suffix 'burgh is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation. Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up "vocabulary".

Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed". There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize".

13 January 2012 at 22:44  
Blogger Dodo the Katholikos Dude said...

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

13 January 2012 at 22:46  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


I didn't actually miss the error. I simply noticed it right after I posted. So I thought to myself "Self, is that worth fixing?" The answer came back "No, it's even odds whether anyone would even notice." In the end I took the even odds, and bet myself that it would be noticed, but I wouldn't care because I was too lazy to fix it. So that means you lost the bet and owe my $5.

It's a debt of honor, you know.


13 January 2012 at 23:34  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Ummm... "Owe ME $5." Lest there be any confusion on that.


13 January 2012 at 23:35  
Blogger Dodo the Katholikos Dude said...


An American has a bet with himself, loses and then claims someone else should pay him!

You've been on the moonshine! And what on earth is a $? I dare say it's some sort of token you're using for barter in the colonies. Did see one once; very primitive looking too what with pyramids, all seeing eyes and such like.

13 January 2012 at 23:51  
Blogger Dodo the Katholikos Dude said...



13 January 2012 at 23:52  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace; So much for freedom of religion. I picked this up from Cristian Concern today.
60 New York churches to be evicted after Court decision
At least 60 churches in New York will be evicted at short notice from their places of worship by 12 February 2012, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear their federal lawsuit. The case was brought with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) in order to reverse the decision of the New York City Department of Education to ban public schools from allowing churches to use their premises for worship.

14 January 2012 at 00:15  
Blogger len said...

I think when the EU is up and running totally as it was created we will be returning to The (Unholy) Roman Empire.
Of course Caesar sat at the top of the tree and held ultimate Power to reign and rule overall.He claimed this was his divine right, this Power is the same as claimed by the Pope.The absolute authority of the Caesar`s is the very same as claimed by the Popes.
In Caesar`s time all religions placed their 'gods' in the Pantheon and these were cunningly' united' by Constantine who desired to unite his crumbling Empire.
So any religion will be tolerated in the EU as long as it is NOT Biblical Christianity as this is the only path to true salvation.

14 January 2012 at 09:28  
Blogger len said...

Biblical Christians will eventually be seen as 'troublemakers'and causing disharmony and disunity and anyone who says that Christ is the Way, and the only Way, will be persecuted and probably imprisoned in the West.

Of Course things are far, far worse for those preaching 'the Way' in Islamic Countries and many are losing their lives for simply the 'crime' of being a Christian or even possessing a Bible.

The times of freedom for Biblical Christianity is drawing to a close in the West.

14 January 2012 at 09:46  
Blogger bluedog said...

His Grace is clearly on the US radar. This can work both ways, and just at the moment it looks as though Obamessiah is courting the Christian vote to keep ahead of all these Mormon competitors we read about. It seems His Grace is of global significance in Christian circles, and deservedly so.

On the other hand if things turn out the other way, two words: 'Predator', and 'Raptor'.

Keep on the move.

14 January 2012 at 09:48  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace ---'tis curioser and curioser. Monday 1/16 already is a public (federal) holiday in the US - in honour of Martin Luther King. Why does BO not give credit here to his ethnically related predecessor? Or does Prez do so elsewhere in the missive?

Either way, because I can't abide Obama's voice, I'm interested. For me, he merely imitates charismatic US orators like Kennedy and King. So, if BO now omits credit for his role models in rhetoric... Well, there's a word for that, and I think that same dishonesty manifests itself in BO's oleagenous voice. Somehow the conviction doesn't extend far below the surface.

Yes, I know. Both Kennedy and King had their flaws - so have most men, great or otherwise. The point might be that the really great ones fight through their 'worldly hope' towards something bigger. Perhaps BO's trying to do something similar, at last: sublimely, from the heart of the White House (cp our own Candida Casa<).

Perhaps - after all, there's much talk of academic freedom (so long as students toe the Marxist line). Ah well. They have a holiday on Monday: time for them to think about it, then.

14 January 2012 at 10:36  
Blogger non mouse said...

chuh man. "oleaginous" - apologies.

14 January 2012 at 10:43  
Blogger Albert said...

His Grace can hardly wait for President Obama to be ousted

It's suddenly occurred to me, who Barbaric Abortion reminds me of: Rowan Williams. There are huge dissimilarities of course. Obama is all presentation and no substance, Rowan is the opposite. Rowan Williams upholds life, has compassion for human life in its most vulnerable forms and doesn't seem diminished by prejudices. But neither seems able to lead. In Rowan's case this is because the CofE prevents the Archbishop of Canterbury from leading. In Obama's case, this is because he is not up to the job. I don't think I have ever heard him described (as US Presidents usually are in the UK) as "the leader of the free world". I suspect it is because he just doesn't lead, and because he seems so weak that he would not stand up for the free-world.

14 January 2012 at 12:05  
Blogger Dodo the Katholikos Dude said...


You really should get out more! Why not take your cats for a walk occassionally?

14 January 2012 at 13:55  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

The curious thing, which "His Grace" has not noted (deliberately? I hope not) is that ALL of the Rethuglican candidates are AGAINST religious liberty.
They want to persecute muslims and atrheists, and the wrong sort of christians.

17 January 2012 at 08:12  

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