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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Thing’s August 22 overview of No Higher Power:  Obama’s War on Religious Freedom by Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum and George Neumayr. In addition to his work on the American Spectator and as editor of the Catholic World Report, Neumayr served as editor of the San Francisco Faith monthly newspaper in the late 1990s.

….Here are a few pickings from Schlafly and Neumayr’s “Index of Obama’s Hostility to Religion”:

  • Upon taking office in January 2009, Obama revoked Bush-era executive orders that prohibited U.S. tax dollars from being transferred to non-government agencies that perform abortions abroad.
  • The Obama Administration told the public in February 2011 that conscience protections for pro-life doctors and nurses who work at federally-funded hospitals that perform abortions would be eliminated.
  • Obama stopped the White House tradition of sponsoring an event on National Prayer Day.
  • Obama eliminated the District of Columbia school-voucher program.  A majority of those voucher’s were used at Catholic parochial schools.
  • The Obama Administration terminated funding for abstinence-only sex-education courses.
  • Obama’s Department of Homeland Security released a ridiculous report that argued pro-lifers could be a serious threat to National Security. Pro-lifers are potential terrorists because the DOHS views them as anti-government, right-wing extremists dedicated to a single issue.
  • Obama approved a defense authorization bill in October 2009 that included “hate crimes” legislation. Senator James DeMint denounced the legislation insisting that “it amounted to ‘thought crime’ legislation armed at silencing Christians.”
  • The Rev. Franklin Graham’s invitation to speak at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer in April 2010 was canceled because the leftist Military Religious Freedom Foundation falsely labeled him an Islamaphobe.  Graham – who told CNN the charge was nonsense and that, though he disagreed with some of the teaching, he did not bear any Muslims ill will – was publicly insulted by a Pentagon spokesman. Graham’s theological views on Islam, Colonel Tom Collins said, were “not appropriate. . . .We’re an all-inclusive military.  We honor all faiths. . . .Our message to our service and civilian workforce is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths.”
  • When quoting the phrase in the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal. . .,” Obama has dropped the words “by their Creator.”
  • Obama, in February 2011, ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage in court cases.
  • The Department of Veteran Affairs prohibited burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery from invoking the name of Jesus Christ.  After veterans protested, the ban was lifted.
  • The Air Force canceled a Just War Theory course that had been taught for twenty years because some of the content examined Christian and Biblical thought.  A spokesmen said, “Senior leadership looked [at the material for the course] and said, no, we could do better than this.
  • The Walter Reed Medical Center ordered that “No religious items (i.e., Bibles, reading materials) are allowed to be given away or used [on] a visit.”  The regulation was dropped because of negative public reactions.
  • The Defense Department flouted the Federal Defense of Marriage Act in September 2011 by permitting same-sex marriage ceremonies on military installations.
  • The Air Force Academy terminated its participation in Operation Christmas Gift, a charity that distributes over 8 million shoebox gifts to poor kids in 100 countries. The reason: “An evangelical Christian message is also included in the boxes.”
  • The Department of Education announced in February 2012 that it “will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion.”
  • The Air Force in February 2012 removed the word “God” from the Rapid Capabilities Office motto.  It is now “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money,” not “Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money.”
  • The Army cautioned Catholic Chaplains not to distribute a letter from the Archbishop for the Military Services U.S.A., Timothy P. Broglio, because it criticized the Department of Health and Human Services contraception and abortion mandate on Catholic institutions.

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  1. Baraka Hussein Obama uses his power to change our Christian civilization. He is lawless for he disobeys U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, Welfare Reform Act and Immigration laws.

  2. Even though there are God hating rogues among the flag officers, there are yet many God fearing and Jesus loving senior officers among not only the regular military, but the retirees, the Nat’l Guard, the military reserves, and the militias that some states have, not to mention the thousands of popularly elected county sheriff’s and their departments, plus many police departments. Even in the unlikely event of a general insurrection brought on by a military tyranny, the tyrants would likely dry up fast.

  3. Kenneth M. Fisher says:

    If and when the time comes, the question is “will our military imitate the Phillipino military that refused to fire on their own women and children who were kneeling in front of them praying their Rosaries, or will our military imitate the Communist who fired on their own people in support of their Communist “government”, In other words will they violate the UCMJ that gives them the right and duty to disobey an unlawful order?

    God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
    Kenneth M. Fisher

  4. Religious freedom has been under attack for many years Obama has just intensified it. Leaving references to God out of graduation speeches is one example. Michael Newdow has waged a war on God references in the Pledge of America and on our money since the Bush era. Same thing with crosses in public view. Is it just the Christian God that is disappearing from the government and public discourse, because it seems that the Muslim God is slowly pushing it’s way in. There will be a two hour Muslim prayer at the opening of the DNC. Employers have been made to provide prayer time and footbaths for Muslim employees. Also special allowances for head scarves have been enforced by the courts. What do the women who say there is a war on women think of the way Muslim Islamist treat women not to mention gays.

  5. Laurette Elsberry says:

    Karl Marx would be pleased with Obama’s efforts so far.

  6. If Obama is not evil himself, he pretty obviously serves evil. The end result is no different. He perpetrates evils, and does so as if he were a Soviet Premiere.

    We MUST vote him out of office. Given the “more flexibility” he spoke of with Medvedev, he will continue his evil agenda until forcibly stopped. This is a dangerous man with a decidedly anti-American, anti-Christian agenda he is pursuing with vigor.

  7. Paul Joseph says:

    Mr. Obama will never forgive God for making Himself God instead of him.

  8. Abeca Christian says:

    I do not like Obama! This man is evil!

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