No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom

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Since 2009 the Obama Administration has waged an unprecedented war on religious liberty.  This record has been scrutinized in the book No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom, co-authored by Phyllis Schlafly, president of National Eagle Forum, a friend and advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and regarded as the First Lady of the Conservative Movement, with George Neumayr, contributing editor to The American Spectator.

 

Landmark court decisions have slowly but surely diminished the role of religion in the public square, changing the American landscape.  For example, in 1925 the ACLU’s contrived Scopes trial deliberately sought to interject Darwinian evolution into American schools to the exclusion of “creationism,” today also called “intelligent design.” In 1962 a Supreme Court decision prohibited prayer in public schools. In 1973, religious adherents were once again spurned with the Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion.

Fast forward:  In 2006 Massachusetts Catholic Charities had to close their doors because they were forced to place children in homes of same-sex attracted couples.

 

In 2012 the Court overturned the will of Californians to uphold a religiously held tenet supporting traditional marriage.  Persecution against believers included businesses boycotted and jobs lost.

 

This year, the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is constitutional, which includes taxpayer-funded abortion services.  A recent 7th Circuit Court decision barred Indiana from defunding Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive and abortion counseling.

 

No doubt, history is repeating itself in the war between God and Caesar.  The evidence that we live in times of a secular humanist awakening, intent upon snuffing out religious liberty, accelerated under President Obama’s watch, is overwhelmingly exposed in No Higher Power.  Just how much longer the federal government can ignore the Constitutional protections of religious liberty and freedom of conscience may be determined on Election Day.

 

No Higher Power meticulously lays out the Obama Administration’s laundry list of offenses to religious liberty and the hostile attitude emanating from the White House that government is the higher power, not God.  Never before has this nation seen an administration turn its back on Constitution as the one President Obama leads. Here is the “short” list:

 

2009

One of Obama’s first executive orders reversed the Bush administration’s policy and gave Non-Governmental Organizations taxpayer dollars to perform abortions abroad.  Then he announced his intentions to force doctors and nurses to perform abortions against their conscience.

 

Before the President’s speech at Jesuit-run Georgetown University, his team put pressure on the school to conceal its monogram symbolizing Jesus Christ.

 

The administration further insulted the Vatican by fielding several names of pro-abortion potential ambassadors to the Holy See.

 

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano produced a list of potential terrorists including “rightwing extremism,” “hate-oriented adherents … rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local,” and “dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion….”

 

Obama discontinued an annual White House event to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.

 

He eliminated all funding for abstinence-only sex education programs, replacing them with $140 million to fund “comprehensive sex education” – code for abortion and contraceptive counseling and instruction in how to have sex outside of marriage without parental consent – directly opposing Judeo-Christian moral values.

 

Obama appointed Kevin Jennings, a gay rights activist who was inspired by the National Association of Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), to be the “Safe Schools Czar.”  In a shocking explosion of utter hypocrisy this anti-bullying monitor blurted, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right…. I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—] ‘em!’ which is what I want to say because I don’t care what they think. Drop dead!”

 

Fifty-three members of Congress wrote a letter calling on Obama to fire Jennings, but Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, famous for having tried to start a gay high school in Chicago, ignored the letter and praised the Czar as “uniquely qualified … I’m honored to have him on our team.”

 

Obama violated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by extending benefits to same-sex partners of government employees, Executive Branch officials and Foreign Service officers.

 

Chai Feldblum, a self-proclaimed radical gay activist, now heads up the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.  She stated that government has the right to violate the religious liberty of those who believe that homosexual behavior is a violation of God’s laws.  She wrote that this conflict is a “zero sum game” – one side must win at the expense of the other, implying that God will be the loser.

 

A hate crimes provision was sneaked into a defense bill, which turns constitutional law upside down.  Now opinions, not just actions, are crimes punishable by law.

 

2010

Under ObamaCare insurance companies are required to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients.

 

Reverend Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham was disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer event after a special interest group complained of his “Islamophobia” simply for saying that he bears no ill will to individual Muslims, but he disagrees with the tenets of the religion.

 

American taxpayers paid $23 million toward the campaign to place reproductive rights into the Kenyan constitution.  This was a violation of federal law prohibiting the U.S. government from abortion lobbying in foreign lands.  Kenyans expressed outrage over Obama’s attempt to legalize what “God himself objects.”

 

Obama began to omit the phrase “by their Creator” from the Declaration of Independence and he replaced “In God We Trust” with a new motto “E Pluribus Unum.” When members of Congress proposed a resolution reaffirming the correct motto, Obama mocked them.

 

2011

The Obama Administration went after a small church for firing an employee who had violated church procedures.  Fortunately, the case was so weak, the Supreme Court voted 9-0 in favor of the Church’s constitutional rights.

 

Obama ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to force most religious employers into paying for contraception and abortion-inducing pills for employees.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ defense was that we would save money by having less babies born.

 

The President now uses the phrase “freedom to worship.” As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago points out, that same freedom was also guaranteed in the Soviet Union’s former constitution.  Under the godless “Evil Empire,” believers could worship, but churches could not publish materials, sponsor schools, hospitals or charities.  Of Obama’s secular policies, the Cardinal said, “The state is making itself into a church.”  In 1961 Justice Hugo Black rendered a similar opinion in a Supreme Court decision including secular humanism with other religions, such as Buddhism and Taoism, which do not believe in the existence of God.

 

Several Catholic prelates say that unless ObamaCare is rescinded, Catholic hospitals – which provide one of the largest networks of health care services in the U.S. – will go out of business in 2014.  George says the choices are slim:  secularize (government “theft”), pay economically unsustainable fines, sell, or shut down.

 

Ask immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and they will invariably make the comparison that this was the same strategy Stalin used to control the Orthodox clergy in Russia, to institutionalize Marxism, and promote a new world order of global communism.

 

The Washington Times noted the administration’s targeted strategy to diminish the Office of International Religious Freedom.  Then followed the Justice Department’s refusal to defend DOMA.  That law was again violated when the President ordered homosexual marriages on military bases.

 

When Obama endorsed ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Congressman Mike Pence called it “a wages war on freedom of religion in the workplace.”

 

The Obama administration banned mention of Jesus Christ during burials at Houston National Cemetery, but when protestors appeared, the ban was lifted.  The administration also banned military training that included Biblical examples.

 

The Army banned reading passages of the Bible to its wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital, but after public outcry and embarrassment to hospital administrators, it rescinded.

 

In another outward expression of Christian animosity, the Air Force Academy ended its support of charity Operation Christmas Child on grounds that it was helping a Christian cause.

 

The President neglected to mention God in his Thanksgiving address to the nation, a national holiday commemorating the Pilgrim’s thanks to God for their first bountiful harvest.

 

A House of Representatives investigation found that the Obama Administration was discriminating against the Catholic Church in the dispensing of federal grants, apparently in retaliation of the Church’s refusal to dispense government-mandated contraceptives and abortifacients to prostitutes and sex traffickers.

 

The State Department was ordered to promote gay rights, gay marriage and sex-change as foreign policy priorities abroad, even in countries that consider it a sin.  The Obama Administration further attempted to undermine religion with Hillary Clinton’s speech in Geneva, Switzerland promoting the U.N. Treaty on Women.  This treaty would revise textbooks to remove all gender role stereotypes of the traditional family, set up a federal network of day care centers and eliminate Mother’s Day.  Clinton also criticized Slovenia for having “less than 30% of children under three … in formal day care.”

 

The administration supports Hillary’s socialist “village” concept of child rearing with ratification of the U.N. Treaty on the Rights of the Child, which would subordinate parental rights and order schools to teach its anti-family principles.

 

2012

The administration refused to “forgive student loans in exchange for public service, if that service is related to religion.”

 

The Air Force responded to atheist complaints and removed the Latin word for God, “dei” from the Rapid Capabilities Office logo. The Air Force Chief of Staff ignored a protest letter signed by 36 members of Congress.

 

The Army warned Catholic chaplains not to read a letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the military services archdiocese, which criticized the HHS abortion/abortifacient mandate.

 

No Higher Power expands on this list and elaborates on President Obama’s influence of hostility to religion throughout the federal government.  It documents Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s contemptuous influence on the President, including President’s background in “Alinsky” training tactics as a community organizer, with backing from radical financiers of secularism including George Soros.  It provides examples of Obama’s favoritism toward the one exception to his secularist policies – Islam.  It expounds on actions to mandate “social justice” in the schools where same-sex marriage is to be normalized, and where a progressive secular religion is to be evangelized, whether or not parents want it.

 

Through this array of socialist, radical feminist, patriarchal-hating policies, President Obama’s actions to seize control of the family by stripping parental rights are exposed.  It documents how, with the help of the anti-Christian ACLU, the secularization of the military and the judiciary has been enshrined in law.  An examination of Obama’s Czars reveals strong evidence of anti-religious views.

 

The authors conclude that an Obama second term could introduce the next step taken from Alinksy’s community organizer Rules for Radicals handbook:  civil disobedience.  They remind us of Obama’s unknowingly open-microphone comment to Russian President Medvedev:  “This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility.”  This comment ominously portends a “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” approach to Obama’s quest to “fundamentally transform” America.

 

With No Higher Power’s convincingly documented list of the President’s arrogant disregard for constitutional law and the First Amendment, this compact 200-page is “must-read” before Election Day.

 

With a cult-like following into a possible second term, it is a given that First Amendment and religious liberty protections will lie on the guillotine of social justice and secular humanism.  Who will win this war between God and Caesar?

 

That just might depend on who shows up to vote on Election Day.

 

Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr. No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom, Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2012

 

Cherilyn Eagar, former candidate for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress, is director of the American Leadership Fund.  You may contact her at Cherilyn@CherilynEagar.com.

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