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Obama’s Anti-Religious Implosion

Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews – Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up.

They’ve picked it up.

From running up trillions in debt and deficit, to the vast expansion of the size and scope of federal bureaucracy, Mr. Obama has done more in three years to supplant our 236 year-old Constitutional Republic with a Euro-style socialist autocracy – than a lesser Marxist could have accomplished in a lifetime. 

But controlling the purse strings is not nearly enough. A central element of full-blown secular-socialism is the suppression of religious liberty – principally, freedom of conscience.

Karl Marx once said: “The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”

When Karl Marx speaks, Barack Obama listens. 

In what is perhaps the most egregious executive overreach in our lifetime, the president’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, has unconstitutionally decreed that both Catholic and Protestant organizations must violate fundamental tenets of the Christian faith by providing ObamaCare coverage that includes birth control, sterilization and various forms of abortion. This is as blatant a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee to religious “free exercise” as we’ve ever seen.

Despite two pathetic feints at “compromise,” Obama’s illegal requirement that faith-based groups pay for policies providing immoral “reproductive services” remains in full force.  

On Friday, the Obama administration offered its latest non-compromise “compromise.” LifeSiteNews.com reports: “The White House announced today that, instead of forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, it will force insurance companies to offer the drugs free of charge to all women, no matter where they work.”

America: this arrogant, narcissistic, amoral man thinks you’re stupid. Who do you think pays for the insurance policies that provide “free” birth control, sterilizations and abortifacients to employees? Why, the very religious organizations doctrinally prohibited from paying for these “services” in the first place, of course.

This is nothing but a South Side Chicago shell game, dressed up as a concession. Obama’s unprecedented attack on the First Amendment continues full steam ahead.  

In Dreams from My Father, Mr. Obama writes: “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.” It should come as little surprise that, among those carefully selected friends, he gives his “Marxist professors and the structural feminists” top billing. In fact, as we approach the 2012 general election, it has become alarmingly clear the degree to which various secular “isims” have shaped the development of Obama’s ungodly worldview.  

From the moment he falsely claimed, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” many have screamed from the rooftops that, despite his incongruous claims to be a Christ follower, Barack Obama, in reality, harbors tremendous animus toward all things Christian.

It’s not surprising, then, that – even prior to his latest act of anti-religious authoritarianism – a Pew Research Center survey had determined that, under Obama’s leadership, “the number of [religious] voters who identify as a Democrat has declined, while the number saying they lean toward the GOP has risen.”   

Some highlights:

  • White evangelical Protestant support for the GOP has grown from 65 percent in 2008 to 70 percent today;
  • 80 percent of Mormons now say they identify with or lean toward the Republican Party;
  • White mainline Protestants, who were evenly divided between the parties in 2008, now favor the GOP by a 12-point margin;
  • White non-Hispanic Catholics, who gave Democrats an eight-point advantage in 2008 now give Republicans a seven-point advantage at the end of 2011 (a remarkable 15-point swing);
  • Even Jewish voters – traditionally one of the strongest Democratic constituencies – have moved noticeably in the Republican direction; Jewish voters favored the Democrats by a 52-point margin in 2008 but now prefer the Democratic Party by a significantly smaller 36-point margin.

It stands to reason that, in the wake of his most recent attack on religious freedom, Democrat’s favor with the faithful will only further erode.  

Catholics especially are having none of it. Bill Donohue, president of the non-partisan Catholic League lashed out last week: “Never before; unprecedented in American history for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church.”  

Ms. Sebelius first feigned compromise in the aftermath of the original announcement, haughtily granting some religious groups one year “to adapt to this new rule.”

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” responded Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., many Catholic priests across the nation have vowed civil disobedience. On January 29, they read a form letter to parishioners pledging that Catholics “cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law.”

Nor should they.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 that would restore liberty of conscience to religious groups. Evangelical leaders are allying en masse with their kindred papist travelers.

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said “ObamaCare is a direct attack on the moral and religious beliefs of our nation. One year will not change religious tenets that have been in place for thousands of years. This administration has pressed its radical pro-abortion agenda on the American people and around the world … ObamaCare is an assault on our freedom.”

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), has said “we will not comply” with this law. He has pledged to face jail time instead: “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just like Dr. King wrote his from the Birmingham jail.”

This is the stuff of civil war. This is a battle Barack Obama and Democrats cannot win. He has two choices: He can either stubbornly stand firm and continue to give the GOP a tremendous election year bat with which to beat him about the head and neck; or he can cave and further cultivate the snowballing narrative that he is weak and impetuous.  

Either way, the president has suffered a self-inflicted wound so deep that it may not heal before November; especially since, as evidenced by his latest illusory “accommodation,” he can’t seem to stop picking at the scab.


Matt Barber is Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action. He also co-hosts the nationally syndicated “Liberty Live” talk radio program on AFR Talk.
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  • Will B. Done

    As has been well-documented on conservative talk radio, you have overlooked the real intent of the gambit. Already the syncophant media (starting with the debates) is trumpeting a deliberate distortion: the evil extremist right-wingers want to TAKE AWAY YOUR CONTRACEPTIVES! ESPECIALLY SANTORUM!

    There may be 60+ million self-indentified “Catholics” in the US, but there appears to be only a handful of millions of Magisterium Catholics. The deceiptful message of brutal restriction will resonate with those women of the former and no amount of explanation will overcome the media onslaught.

    What is COMPLETELY MISSING from any narrative is a Plan B. Face up the real potential that Obama will win in a landslide. Too many victims with their skin in the game along with a propaganda campaign akin to what happened in Ohio on Issue 2.

    Truly frightening is that we are resembling Germany of the 1930′s, with feckless Republican politicians too frightened to stop the trampling.

    • http://www.casorosendi.com/ CCR

      I agree with you that the hidden intention is to pitch “rights of woman” vs. “religion” (especially Catholic religion.) I also agree with you that the GOP is lame enough going into this fight. Platitudes will not work this time. This is a real fight for people guided by honor and principle. There is no room for doublespeak and the GOP has played like the old German Centrum Party for too long. I think the waters are parting. This is going to be a Christian/Jewish vs. Non-Christian/Jewish election. Someone is going to get obliterated and I don’t think the landslide will favor the Left. In fact the Left may be enjoying the last shining moment before being buried once and for all. A crisis may ensue, a deep crisis indeed but we all read the Book and we know Who wins in the end

  • goral

    I’m not so sure that the optimism is warranted. The left plays propaganda better than Goldman Sachs plays Wall Street. That is their domain. By all rights, there should already be some legal/constitutional action against this guy’s treachery. The fact that there isn’t, is already a sure indication that the Republic is impotent.

  • http://www.casorosendi.com/ CCR

    Goral: all things being the same as they have been lately I agree that the Left has better chances than the Right. What I see though is a split of believers vs. unbelievers as it was predicted by the Lord “when the Son of Man comes in glory he will divide the goats from the sheep… etc.” That was what I was referring to with a “parting of the waters.” We are not going to be saved by our politicians. Salvation through politics is not possible. But we can look at the situation with the eyes of faith. I do not know of any Scriptural or Traditional scenario in which evil wins forever. Propaganda will never change the mind of God and He has already decided to give the Kingdom to his “little flock.”

    This is the apotheosis and the end of Modernism. It is ending with a bang just like Scripture predicts it: all nations against God and His Anointed. God laughs and then gives them what they deserve. But first they have to clearly oppose Him and His people even defeat some of the saints and kill them. But in the end we know Who wins.

    • http://www.casorosendi.com/ CCR

      On this issue, please read Lee Harris’ Explaining the Santorum Surprise in The American (American.com) Quote: “Despite their best efforts to make this election all about the economy, both Romney and Obama have unexpectedly found themselves in the midst of the ongoing American culture war.”

      Worth reading…