Skip to comments.Oliver North: Freedom From Religion (Very good piece)
Posted on 02/09/2012 12:59:37 PM PST by jazusamo
WASHINGTON "We don't need you, so shut up!" That's the message the Obama administration has sent loud and clear to America's Roman Catholics. And it's a message now being sent to U.S. military chaplains to the detriment of our armed forces.
During World War II, the War Department and the Department of the Navy urged the operative word is "urged," not "ordered," mind you U.S. military chaplains to encourage soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines that God was on our side in the global battle against fascists, Nazis and the godless heathens running rampant across Asia and the Pacific. The hymns "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" were sung with fervor at chapel services regardless of denomination.
The U.S. military I entered in 1961 still had tens of thousands of men and women familiar with such experience. My regimental chaplain in Vietnam, Cmdr. Jake Laboon, a Jesuit priest, was a decorated U.S. Navy combat veteran of World War II. He routinely administered last rites to grievously wounded and often dying Marines and sailors without regard to a denominational preference on their dog tags. It's a good thing he was there when I was wounded, because, as others related to me later, he was the one who told the surgeons to "take this one next" while I was unconscious on a triage litter at a field hospital. If he hadn't been there, I might not be here.
All this helps to explain my bias. As a general matter, I like chaplains who do their duty to God and man. I especially admire men like Jake Laboon. And I don't like the way the Obama administration is treating them. This week's order to muzzle what chaplains can say is yet another O-Team salvo aimed at "de-Christianizing" and ultimately destroying the U.S. military.
The opening shot was fired when President Barack Obama declared in his January 2010 State of the Union address that he would "repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are." (Emphasis added.) The "law" to which the president referred was "don't ask, don't tell," which wasn't a law at all; it was an administrative policy implemented by the Clinton administration. The actual governing law Section 654 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code states, "There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces." The president ran roughshod over the law of the land in a political payoff to a preferred constituency.
The Defense of Marriage Act was next. Though the bill was argued, debated, passed by both houses of Congress, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder unilaterally declared the law unconstitutional in February 2011.
Holder was courteous enough to send Congress a letter explaining our legislature's irrelevance in the matter. He stated, "The President and I have concluded that ... Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional." Since then, Obama has said, "Where Congress is not willing to act, we're going to go ahead and do it ourselves." Efficiency is one of the great advantages of dictatorships.
Dispensing with DOMA paved the way for the Pentagon to greenlight same-sex "marriages" presided over by military chaplains on or off base in states that recognize such "unions." Now the O-Team has mandated that the Roman Catholic Church violate its own teachings on birth control and abortion.
The Obama administration's edict requiring employers including the Catholic Church to offer "health" coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception ignited a firestorm. Roman Catholic bishops protested loudly and in unison that the action was a violation of the First Amendment. In churches across the country, letters from the bishops were read to congregations, explaining the directive as unjust and unconstitutional because it forces Catholic institutions to violate their faith or pay staggering fines.
The O-Team shrugged off the dissent until Archbishop Timothy Broglio who leads the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA issued a pastoral letter denouncing the Obamacare directive because "the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation's first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty." The letter, sent to Catholic military chaplains, instructed them to read it to their congregations on the weekend of Jan. 28-29. In his missive, Broglio declared that the new rule "is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle."
Apparently, the archbishop's assertion that "we cannot we will not comply with this unjust law" was too much for the Army chief of chaplains. He ordered that the letter not be read in military chapels or field services because Broglio had not "coordinated" with his office. Army Secretary John McHugh subsequently admitted that such censorship was "a mistake."
"Mistake"? It wasn't a mistake if McHugh and the rest of the administration's objective is eliminating Christianity from the United States armed forces and wrecking the finest military the world ever has seen. We'll know for sure what the goal really is when the commander in chief orders chaplains to violate their religious beliefs and perform same-sex "marriages" or just get out. And then our men and women serving in uniform will finally have freedom from religion.
Obama was elected with a high percentage of the Roman Catholic vote..
Its hard to generate much sympathy..
Even the vote of many other denominations..
All this generates to me a question...
Is the United States Sodom and Gomorrah on steroids?..
If so....... many “christians”, maybe most, are delusional..
Why has Obama picked a war with Catholics in an election year? Makes no sense...unless he’s made a judgment that he wasn’t going to carry the white working class anyway...and maybe this war will energize the young base he had last time.
Really, I still can’t figure it out.
Next U.S. Military Catholics Chaplains will be required to perform same sex marriages on base.
It’s coming as sure as the sun rises in the East.
Ollie North would have made such an excellent United States Senator had it not been for that pathetic piece of RINO-sh*t, aka John “Mr Elizabeth Taylor” Warner.
AMEN! He would have been a great U.S. Senator.
I think that perhaps this is a test for Catholics. They will have to finally choose. Catholics will now have to either back God or the Godless. Let's see what they choose.
One theory is that he's kicking the hornet's nest ... trying to "Re-create '68".
Knowing that his minders on the other end of the Blackberry want to see most of us dead, the rest in chains, it makes perfect sense.
Good one from Lt. Col. Oliver North. Thanks for the ping jaz. I’m going to forward this one to my list. It needs to be read across the country.
How does a war on Catholics recreate sixty-eight? In sixty-eight there was a convention in Chicago and Grant Park? There were riots. Does he think middle class church going Catholics are going to riot screaming “the whole world is watching”?
He’s going to have to walk this back...and even afterwards this is going to kill him among Catholics.
Last Sunday at Mass my Priest said that we are going to fight. He got a standing ovation...and I am sure a lot of those folks, maybe even most of them voted Obama last time.
This makes no sense whatsoever.
I respectfully disagree. Oliver North would be a GREAT U.S. President. It's men like him that I want running this country and commanding our military.
AMEN! I couldn’t agree with you more but he was running for U.S. Senator. Lt. Col. North would have been great in both positions.
He still can be! Run Ollie, Run!
Nothing The Won does makes any sense.
It doesn't. That was the New Left (Communists/Marxists) sending a message to the Democrat Party that they were taking over, which they did (take over the Democrat Party), which is how we ended up with Obama.
Catholics have to choose, and those who choose rightly will not comply.
Is the United States Sodom and Gomorrah on steroids?..
Of course it is. And the only Savior for us is Jesus Christ. True Catholics and Christians all believe that and vote accordingly.
No, it was 54% to 45%, and that's counting self-identified "Catholics," not those who actually attend church. A 4% majority is not a "high percentage". Barky won 79% of the Jewish vote and over 95% of the black vote. That's a "high percentage".
If you count non-Hispanic, Mass-attending Catholics, Barky lost by a significant amount, in fact.
[ A 4% majority is not a “high percentage”. ]
Depends on what you call high.. I call anything over single high voting for this guy.. especially among RCC adherents..
Everything he stands for is in contradiction to the RCC...