Jeb Bush Hits ‘Intolerant’ Obama Administration On Religious Freedom

May 9, 2015 12:18 p.m.

During his commencement address at Liberty University, a Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Saturday slammed the Obama administration and accused the government of working against religious freedom.

“As usual, the present administration is supporting the use of coercive federal power,” Bush said, according to Politico. “What should be easy calls, in favor of religious freedom, have instead become an aggressive stance against it.”

“Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn’t the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith. Federal authorities are demanding obedience, in complete disregard of religious conscience — and in a free society, the answer is no,” Bush continued.

Bush did not mention same-sex marriage, but accused liberals of pushing their agenda while portraying “religious Americans as intolerant scolds.”

“The stories vary, year after year, but the storyline is getting familiar: The progressive political agenda is ready for its next great leap forward, and religious people or churches are getting in the way. Our friends on the left like to view themselves as the agents of change and reform, and you and I are supposed to just get with the program,” Bush said, according to Politico.

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