Shared by a listener. Is this a matter of semantics, or does this matter? Consider this:
I've not seen a formal study done of all the references by Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others in the administration, but there's a movement growing among anxious advocates who say a trend is underway.
To insiders in this small but intense community, "freedom of worship" implies something overseas dictators view as controllable, manageable - the right to gather, pray, sing. "Freedom of religion" encompasses much more - the freedom to publicly display, advocate for, protest, and most notably: proselytize. This is the most controversial subject as the United States is still seen by some overseas as trying to foist Christianity and Judeo-Christian culture. Many advocates believe the right to evangelize freely is a basic part of their faith.
Is such a shift an intentional intent to diminish the right to try to share your religious beliefs with others? Most Christian churches teach that "spreading" the Good News is indeed central to the mission of the church, although many Christians don't.
I think the Constitution is quite clear on this:
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion,...
Free exercise of religion is virtually impossible to be read as the right to attend services and nothing more. If the intent here isn't to suggest a narrowing of religious rights, it might be simply an aversion to "religion." In either case, this trend is troubling.