Does he believe himself?

Sometimes we wonder if President Barack Obama actually listens to some of his own comments. More often, we wonder if Obama actually believes what he says.

The latest example came during this week’s annual National Prayer Breakfast, a gathering of non-demoninational political leaders, where the president stressed the importance of religious freedom around the world.

“I’ve made the case that no society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all of its peoples, including religious minorities,” Obama said during his speech, while discussing U.S. foreign policy and international human rights.

Is this the same president whose new health care law requires religious organizations and faith-based businesses to provide contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives such as Plan B bills, as part of their insurance plans, even though it violates their religious beliefs. Ask the owners of Hobby Lobby if they think Obama favors religious freedom.

Is this the same president whose administration has been bullying The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes for those who cannot afford them, because the sisters object to a requirement that they must pay for health insurance coverage for birth control even if doing so violates their Catholic teachings and beliefs? Ask the sisters if they believe Obama’s speech about religious freedom.

In another part of his remarks Thursday, Obama said “Yet even as our faith sustains us, it’s also clear that around the world freedom of religion is under threat. We see governments engaging in discrimination and violence against the faithful.”

Yes, we do see it, and we see it from a first-hand vantage point.