“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
By Alden L. Benton
Thomas Paine was not known for his love of religion. However, his words set forth a moral principle that transcends his personal animosity towards religion.
With the issuance of the so-called Obamacare contraceptive rules, President Obama blatantly and openly declared all-out war on religion, especially Christianity.
Yes, the Statists and other useful idiots on the political Left have been waging a bush war for a long time, and Christians, for the most part, have retreated, but now is the time to stand up and fight back.
The Catholics are fighting back.
The Catholic Bishops have called for two weeks of public protest this summer from June 21 to July 4.
The protests, called a Fortnight for Freedom, “will be an “unprecedented, aggressive attack against policies that church leaders see as an assault on religious freedom,” said Catholic Advocate chairman Deal Hudson in a Newsmax article yesterday.
“[The Catholic Bishops] is not the type of body that goes out of its way to pick a fight,” Hudson said.
However, according to The Hill, the Bishops are ready to fight. “… the [Catholic Bishops] conference could go beyond protests — it has also discussed working with evangelical Christian groups on a broader public relations campaign that could include television and radio ads.”
Obama has been hostile to Christians from the start of his administration. He has bowed and spewed apologies to the Muslim world for our Christian ideals. He has ordered the Department of Justice not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, but instead to defend gay marriage.
Obama continues to support universal contraception and the murder of babies through abortion. As an Illinois state Senator, he supported legislation that would have denied medical care those babies who miraculously survived an abortion attempt. Obama supports the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion.
The first fundamental human right is the right to life. That is why it is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence with these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The president does not believe in the principles, the moral message, set down in these words. He, and his ilk, do not respect life. To them, life is all about them and their personal convenience. If a child is inconvenient, it is murdered and thrown away with yesterday’s pizza box.
Obama is the enemy of life and liberty.
To Christians, life is a gift from God. As Christians, we must protect life, especially the lives of the most vulnerable whether they are young, old, infirm, or yet to be born.
However, if Obama and the God-haters get their way we are also in peril of losing our freedom; of being told what we can, or cannot, do, say, or worship.
“What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it,” the Bishops said in their statement.
If you are a Christian, you must stand and be counted. All Christians, no matter their denomination, must stand with the Catholics in this fight. It is a fight for freedom to follow one’s conscience, to believe in God, follow His teachings, and worship Him in the manner that we choose.
Contact your local Catholic parish and get details on any protests in your area. Get involved in the fight to preserve religious liberty. It is a fight that Christians, and America, cannot afford to lose.
“… Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1791
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