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Atheism and the First Amendment
American Thinker ^ | 07/28/2013

Posted on 07/28/2013 10:29:56 AM PDT by Ira_Louvin

The First Amendment states the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech...

To all Americans prior to the 1940's and to most Americans today the intent is clear: the Federal government shall not give preferential treatment to any one faith and the Federal government shall not stop people from practicing their religious beliefs.

Liberals confuse the banning of preferential treatment for a particular faith tradition with the banning expression by any faith tradition. The intent of the First Amendment was to allow all faiths to be freely practiced not to restrict the practices of any particular faith.

But liberalism's perspective is completely different when addressing the atheist faith tradition. That's why liberals are comfortable silencing speech that is offensive to atheists, such as a military chaplain preaching the Gospel, while simultaneously supporting government funding of atheists attacks on Christianity, such as the infamous Piss Christ piece of "art".

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; atheism; atheistsupremacists; firstamendment; freedomfromreligion; freedomofreligion; thenogodgod

1 posted on 07/28/2013 10:29:56 AM PDT by Ira_Louvin
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To: Ira_Louvin

It always seemed to me that the point was there will be no “Church of the United States”. Such as the “Church of England” or the “Church of Scotland”, plus everyone could worship as they pleased.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 10:35:14 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Ira_Louvin

Atheism is the tool of communism:

http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”


3 posted on 07/28/2013 10:39:07 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: yarddog
plus everyone could worship as they pleased.

Or not.

4 posted on 07/28/2013 10:40:12 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: yarddog

A representative government will, by implied design, reflect (or try to, at least) the “values” of the constituents. When Islam spreads to the point that it becomes a majority religion, people will vote in Sharia “law”. How does a constitution that is blind to religion prevent this? How can a constitution favour a particular sect and still be unbiased?


5 posted on 07/28/2013 10:40:19 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Ira_Louvin

I think the article makes in inaccurate generalization when describing atheism. While it certainly is the case that many atheists assert that there is no God, there are many who simply have no belief in a God or gods. It’s the difference between positive and negative atheism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_and_positive_atheism

The former is an article of faith, but the latter is not.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 10:44:08 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Ira_Louvin
I'm an atheist, and I agree with this sentence.

It is time for Americans to recognize that atheism is a faith-based belief system that does not have any special privilege in our country.

True.

I have no interest in forcing my Unbelief on others. Nor do I wish to interfere with crosses in public places, nor murals of the Ten Suggestions in county courthouses, nor do I desire any kind of interference in what chaplains or clergy have to say. I also find the idea of an "atheist chaplain" absurd.

There are times when I want to whomp my fellow Unbelievers upside the head and tell them to get a life.

7 posted on 07/28/2013 10:44:36 AM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Publius

Would you support artwork honouring the “contributions” of Muhammad to law in US court premises?


8 posted on 07/28/2013 10:51:09 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Ira_Louvin
It's freedom *of* religion.not freedom *from* religion.And yes,the government must never force anyone to believe in God or practice *any* religion.When I was a kid I went to public school in the first grade and then Catholic schools through HS.While in first grade we used to say the Lord's Prayer...the “Protestant” version.Our priest taught us a simple and unobtrusive way of getting around that dilemma...he said that when we got to “deliver us from evil” and the class went on to “for Thine is the Kingdom..” we should remain silent.No outrages...no protests...no disruptions.
9 posted on 07/28/2013 10:52:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: James C. Bennett
Did Islam contribute to our law system, which is based on English Common Law? I doubt it.

I'd be a bit concerned if Dearborn (MI) put something like that in their courthouse, but my objections would be the same as to those who make the "out of Africa" argument about Hellenistic civilization. That's why I scoffed at Michael Jackson's video in the Nineties showing the Pharaonic Egyptian court as being black, with Eddie Murphy playing the Pharaoh.

My objection in this case would be based on factual inaccuracy.

10 posted on 07/28/2013 10:58:36 AM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Publius
There are times when I want to whomp my fellow Unbelievers upside the head and tell them to get a life.

I'm another, Publius.

11 posted on 07/28/2013 11:04:05 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Ira_Louvin
Argument with a friend...

I said,"Once again, we need to implore pastors and men and women of faith to get involved in the political process. The culture war is very real and our religious liberty is at stake."

My friend said,”NO, NO, NO, NO!!!! That's exactly where we do not want “men of faith”. I do not want “men of faith” telling politicians what to believe and what not to believe and then having said politician force that particular religious belief on me in the form of some law, Sharia or otherwise. Separation of church and state is a serious matter.”

I said,””Pastors and men and women of faith” are individuals, distinct and different from the organizational institution called ‘the Church”. These individuals are protected by the first amendment of the Constitution to be able to speak out and be involved in political process. You may not like the diversity of thought they bring but as property owners, tax payers and citizens of the United States they have the right and responsibility to do so.

Second, The idea of ‘Separation of Church and State’ is found no where in the Constitution. The ‘religion’ clause of the first amendment says, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. The fear of the day was that the US might establish a ‘national church’ as in England. Secular humanists often reinterpret the first part of that clause to make it mean whatever they want but they always ignore the “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” part. I think there is little need for concern that we are on the verge of establishing a ‘national church’ but a great concern is arising about the free exercise.

Third, Christians do not want a theocracy in America. We generally want our culture to reflect a certain level of morality and mutual respect. We believe God's desire is for humankind to exercise free will. We think government should want no less. Freedom is the point. You and America today do now exist in a secular humanist Sharia shackled by a myriad of laws based on secular humanist religious beliefs. You don't see it because secular humanism pretends to not be a religion and because it is YOUR religious faith. Millions of American citizens are murdered each year before the god of sex without consequences; Millions of acres of farm land are shut down to pay homage to the god of ‘green’; Millions of American jobs are shipped to Asia and South America in worship of the god of multi-nationalism; Energy production is devastated for the carbon based god of pseudo science; Ever escalating taxes, regulations, fees, levies and licenses restrict your behavior and steal your money to burn it on the altar of the ever increasing parasite class and before the god of false altruism. There has never been a time in American history during which this culture has been more thoroughly dominated by a religious faith, secular humanism. You “do not want men of faith telling politicians what to believe?”... Sorry pal, but that's exactly what you've got.

12 posted on 07/28/2013 11:13:30 AM PDT by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: GenXteacher
Exactly. Communists don't want anything to compete with their goal of absolute control. Religion is direct competition. Marx forgot to mention that Communism is the opium of the people. We have two perfect examples — China and the USSR. It was the plague of the 20th century.

Also, Atheism is a religion. It requires the same leap of faith and those whole follow its church can be just as fanatical and irrational as those from other religions. Atheism is often anti-religion versus not believing in a deity. Atheists often have a “hatred” of religion.

13 posted on 07/28/2013 11:21:48 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Publius

As an Atheist, you must also have belief in the extraordinary.

I suppose you recognize this ?


14 posted on 07/28/2013 11:24:41 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Standing Wolf

Yup. Just shut up about it. However, most of the time it’s the religious types that cant keep quiet. I’m from a large Irish Catholic family. I get funny looks and some unwelcome comments when friends and family ask when My kids will be baptized (usually asked soon after birth). I have 3 sons. When I say they won’t be baptized the grief starts.

I usually calmly say that I’ve never said a word about your kids being baptized. I’ve even attended the ceremony. I can respect beliefs in a polite way. The problem is my beliefs usually arent accepted in a polite way. Unfortunately, my in laws are the biggest offenders. I always remain calm and polite. Even let my MIL drag my kids to church when she comes and visits. They get over it fast (the kids that is).

I even tolerate my wife making the impression that the lack of faith and attendence in church is my fault. I can understand her not wanting to dissapoint her parents. But in ten years of marriage she’s never mentioned going to church on Sunday. She’s just as content as I to read the paper and drink coffee and then go hiking with the kids.

To each his own. And yeah, yeah I get it. Most of the people on this site think Me, my wife, and kids are on the hell express. It’s the ones who seemed pleased by this that scare me the most.

I’ll end my rant with some Heinlein:

“The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by H.Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the sacharrine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not recieve this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history.”


15 posted on 07/28/2013 11:28:26 AM PDT by strider44
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To: Kip Russell

History shows communist countries to feature state-imposed atheism. The precedent is already set.

Wikipedia is a user-edited encyclopedia that has pretty much been (since its inception) a tool for leftists. The footnotes of its articles bear that out. (The article is biased by citing Antony Flew as a primary source.)


16 posted on 07/28/2013 11:30:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Publius
"I'd be a bit concerned if Dearborn (MI) put something like that in their courthouse..."

You're a rebel, here's your cause:

In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft persuaded Congress to authorize the construction of a permanent home for the U.S. Supreme Court. Construction was completed in 1935, and the Court finally had a home to call its own after 146 years of existence. Sculpture figures prominently in the Corinthian architecture of the Court Building. One chamber features a frieze decorated with a bas-relief sculpture by Adolph A. Weinman of eighteen influential law-givers. The south wall depicts Menes, Hammurabi, Moses, Solomon, Lycurgus, Solon, Draco, Confucius and Octavian, while the north wall depicts Napoleon Bonaparte, John Marshall, William Blackstone, Hugo Grotius, Louis IX, King John, Charlemagne, Justinian and, you guessed it, Mohammad.

17 posted on 07/28/2013 11:37:03 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: strider44

I find your comments very real and personal.

I am a Christian, not because I was told what to believe, but as the result of years of exploration and ultimately the process of elimination.

Thankfully, I was allowed to figure things out for myself, despite the superficial bible bangers and my own family’s history that was always present.

What I know to be true.

Nobody can TELL someone WHAT to believe.

Belief in virtually everything is conditionally and subject to revision upon the introduction and acceptance of new information.

Some people are more curious and thoughtful than others.


18 posted on 07/28/2013 11:52:18 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: James C. Bennett

If the people of a country want Sharia law, they can have it if that is the majority opinion. Since it could never happen here, I am not concerned.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 11:59:05 AM PDT by sakic
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To: Olog-hai
The article is biased by citing Antony Flew as a primary source.

He coined the terms "positive atheism" and "negative atheism" back in 1976...how could the article not cite him?

In any case, the fact remains that article in the OP doesn't make the quite valid distinction between positive and negative atheism...it lumps all atheists in the "positive" camp, and makes arguments that in no way apply to negative atheism.

20 posted on 07/28/2013 12:05:14 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: sakic
If the people of a country want Sharia law, they can have it if that is the majority opinion. Since it could never happen here, I am not concerned.

What if a local government wants Sharia law...say, in Dearborn, Michigan?

21 posted on 07/28/2013 12:07:47 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

Biased source. No contrasting sources.

Half the world has been ravaged with the purveyors of so-called “positive atheism”, to use the neologism.


22 posted on 07/28/2013 12:10:11 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: strider44
To each his own. And yeah, yeah I get it. Most of the people on this site think Me, my wife, and kids are on the hell express. It’s the ones who seemed pleased by this that scare me the most.

Thank you for your comment, strider44. That portion got a chuckle out of me: as often as the word "atheist" shows up in theads at conservative sites, all [fill in the blank] often breaks loose. I usually sidle away, close the door very quietly after myself, and don't return.

Ironically, I didn't mature as an atheist until I'd spent quite some while with my old pal Jim and taught myself to tolerate his religious notions. He never tired of reminding me, "There is a god, and you're not him," which incensed me the first few times he said it. As I started to commence to begin to force myself to become tolerant—only outwardly at first, of course—it gradually occurred to me my atheism was neither more nor less a faith than his Christianity. He died in 1995. I've often wished he could see he helped goad and nudge and push and tug me toward a bit more wisdom and essentially unchanged belief.

According to Frisky the wonder tigress, the Great Cat is going to punish all us heathen two-leggers for being mean mean mean to kitties by practically never giving them enough canned treats and practically never brushing them long enough and hogging the big soft middle part of the bed at night and not licking ourselves clean like sensible creatures.

23 posted on 07/28/2013 12:12:37 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Olog-hai
Half the world has been ravaged with the purveyors of so-called “positive atheism”, to use the neologism.

The article isn't about the political implications of atheism, any more than an article on the technical definition of theism such as this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theism

would be about the political implications of a theocracy.

I ask again: Is it not a flaw of the article in the OP that it lumps all atheists in the "positive" camp? The arguments it uses to counter the atheist viewpoint in no way apply to someone who makes no assertion that a God or gods do not exist, but simply has no belief in it/her/him/them.

Negative atheism, in other words.

24 posted on 07/28/2013 12:17:54 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Ira_Louvin
such as the infamous Piss Christ piece of "art".

I bet that "artist" would never have a muhamed art in a jar of piss.

25 posted on 07/28/2013 12:28:08 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Publius
atheism is a faith-based belief system

"Beliefs belong in church" ...

That's a memorable phrase from an independent engineering review of a military contract proposal. Some one company engineer had used the phrase "We believe ..."

Needless to say, the phrase was tossed out.

26 posted on 07/28/2013 12:45:35 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: James C. Bennett

Weinman also designed the Walking Liberty Half Dollar which is also the template for the current Silver Eagle.


27 posted on 07/28/2013 12:51:41 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Zeneta

Define “extraordinary”. I’m not sure what you’re talking about.


28 posted on 07/28/2013 12:57:32 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Ira_Louvin; All
...while simultaneously supporting government funding of atheists attacks on Christianity, such as the infamous Piss Christ piece of "art".

The problem is that low-information voters, evidently including many patriots, do not understand that the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to tax and spend in the name of art, things like the artwork on currency being a reasonable exception imo, for what some people call art.

In fact, noting that the following has been posted in related threads, Justice John Marshall had officially clarified that Congress is prohibited from laying taxes in the name of state power issues, basically any issue which Congress cannot justify under its constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited powers.

"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." --Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

In other words, the states have never granted Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power tax and spend in the name of things like PBS for example. But in the same breath, I used to watch PBS years ago and would support a constitutional amendment granting power to tax and spend for something like PBS, as long as such a broadcaster was prohibited from funding "art" projects which attack religion. And that may be a problem since Congress cannot make laws which address religious issues.

29 posted on 07/28/2013 1:02:02 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: sakic
If the people of a country want Sharia law, they can have it if that is the majority opinion. Since it could never happen here, I am not concerned.

It's happening, more rapidly than you think:

Turning Muslim in Texas

30 posted on 07/28/2013 1:34:04 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Publius

As an honest atheist you certainly recognize the mathematical impossibility of evolutionary theory as it is currently presented.

Extraordinary belief to say the least.

Life from non life, prove it.

The design of life, the blind watchmaker with no concept of time, and a random expression and conservation of mostly deleterious mutations which survive long enough to randomly unite with a multitude of other random mutations that express a new body plan that survive.

Extraordinary.

The honest atheist is left with “Ancient Aliens” to account for life on earth.

This of course invites additional extraordinary claims.


31 posted on 07/28/2013 1:48:56 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Zeneta

I would consider myself an honest atheist and yet I have no need for “ancient aliens”. I quite happy to admit that science doesn’t have a satisfying answer yet as to how life began. Not having an answer for everything is neither shameful nor a reason to invoke the supernatural.


32 posted on 07/28/2013 3:36:58 PM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: Ira_Louvin; Louis Foxwell; lightman; xzins

Well stated.


33 posted on 07/28/2013 3:42:41 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: DWar

“You and America today do now exist in a secular humanist Sharia shackled by a myriad of laws based on secular humanist religious beliefs. You don’t see it because secular humanism pretends to not be a religion and because it is YOUR religious faith. Millions of American citizens are murdered each year before the god of sex without consequences......”

This is very good. I would like to see this in an expanded essay by you. It never occurred to me before that we are, in fact, trapped in a “secular humanist sharia.” That quite accurately summarizes the situation. Secular humanism, as you point out, has become the state church.


34 posted on 07/28/2013 3:44:30 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: yarddog

yarddog wrote:
“It always seemed to me that the point was there will be no “Church of the United States”. Such as the “Church of England” or the “Church of Scotland”, plus everyone could worship as they pleased.”

You would think so, considering that the King of England is/was also the head of the Anglican Church.

I do believe this: if you were/are a member of our military force, the religion that you hold dear, should be respected, even to your ‘emblem’ upon your marker. These folks defend us, and what we, each of us, consider ‘the religion we hold dear’. They have earned the right to have whatever they choose on their marker, don’t you think?

No atheist can stand there and tell me, ‘no you can’t’.


35 posted on 07/28/2013 4:44:19 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Albion Wilde

The problem with atheism is the same problem with Islam. Both oppose the practice of any other religion. Both are in fundamental conflict with our constitution. They do not support the freedom to practice religion, only the requirement that government permit only the practice of their own.
Separation of church and state dogmatists insist that government is society. It is not.
Under our constitution society creates government, not the reverse. The freedom of religious practice as a public and private act must not be restricted. Opposition to this doctrine is tyrannical and must not be tolerated. That is, opposition to religious freedom, whether public or private, is the cornerstone of intolerance.


36 posted on 07/28/2013 4:53:58 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Terry L Smith

I pretty much agree with you.

BTW, I noticed on the local news that a medal of honor winner died today in Ft. Walton Beach. Can’t remember his name.


37 posted on 07/28/2013 4:54:53 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Ira_Louvin

America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.

Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” 1

February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2

April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. 3

May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4

April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5

October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6

November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7

January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8

February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9

April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10

August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11

November 2011 – President Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12

November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13

December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14

January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15

February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16

January 2013 – Pastor Louie Giglio is pressured to remove himself from praying at the inauguration after it is discovered he once preached a sermon supporting the Biblical definition of marriage. 17

February 2013 – The Obama Administration announces that the rights of religious conscience for individuals will not be protected under the Affordable Care Act. 18

June 2013 – The Obama Department of Justice defunds a Young Marines chapter in Louisiana because their oath mentioned God, and another youth program because it permits a voluntary student-led prayer. 19
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:

January 2010 – Because of “concerns” raised by the Department of Defense, tiny Bible verse references that had appeared for decades on scopes and gunsights were removed. 20

June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.21

August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except now, America). 22

September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 23

September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” 24

November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 25

November 2011 – Even while restricting and disapprobating Christian religious expressions, the Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans at the Air Force Academy. 26

February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 27

February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 28

February 2012 – The Army ordered Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 29

April 2012 – A checklist for Air Force Inns will no longer include ensuring that a Bible is available in rooms for those who want to use them. 30

May 2012 – The Obama administration opposed legislation to protect the rights of conscience for military chaplains who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages in violation of their strongly-held religious beliefs. 31

June 2012 – Bibles for the American military have been printed in every conflict since the American Revolution, but the Obama Administration revokes the long-standing U. S. policy of allowing military service emblems to be placed on those military Bibles. 32

January 2013 – President Obama announced his opposition to a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act protecting the rights of conscience for military chaplains. 33

April 2013 – Officials briefing U.S. Army soldiers placed “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” in a list that also included Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas as examples of “religious extremism.” 34

April 2013 – The U.S. Army directs troops to scratch off and paint over tiny Scripture verse references that for decades had been forged into weapon scopes. 35

April 2013 - The Air Force creates a “religious tolerance” policy but consults only a militant atheist group to do so — a group whose leader has described military personnel who are religious as ‘spiritual rapists’ and ‘human monsters’ 36 and who also says that soldiers who proselytize are guilty of treason and sedition and should be punished to hold back a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.” 37

May 2013 - The Pentagon announces that “Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable. “Proselytizing (inducing someone to convert to one’s faith) goes over that line,” 38 affirming if a sharing of faith makes someone feel uncomfortable that it could be a court-marital offense 39 — the military equivalent of a civil felony.

May 2013 - An Air Force officer was actually made to remove a personal Bible from his own desk because it “might” appear that he was condoning the particular religion to which he belonged. 40

June 2013 - The U. S. Air Force, in consultation with the Pentagon, removed an inspirational painting that for years has been hanging at Mountain Home Air Force Base because its title was “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” — a phrase from Matthew 5:9 in the Bible. 41

June 2013 – The Obama administration “strongly objects” to a Defense Authorization amendment to protect the constitutionally-guaranteed religious rights of soldiers and chaplains, claiming that it would have an “adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.” 42
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:

January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 43

January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 44

March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 45

March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 46

March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 47

May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions.48 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 49

May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities. 50

July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.51

September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” 52

July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 53

August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 54

September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 55

February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 56

March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 57

July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 58

September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 59

October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 60

July 2012 - The Pentagon, for the first time, allows service members to wear their uniforms while marching in a parade - specifically, a gay pride parade in San Diego. 61

December 2012 – Despite having campaigned to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Obama once again suspends the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which requires the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the American Embassy there. 62

April 2013 – The United States Agency for Internal Development (USAID), an official foreign policy agency of the U.S. government, begins a program to train homosexual activists in various countries around the world to overturn traditional marriage and anti-sodomy laws, targeting first those countries with strong Catholic influences, including Ecuador, Honduras, and Guatemala. 63

June 2013 – The Obama Administration finalizes requirements that under the Obamacare insurance program, employers must make available abortion-causing drugs, regardless of the religious conscience objections of many employers and even despite the directive of several federal courts to protect the religious conscience of employers. 64
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:

May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 65

April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 66

April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 67

August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 68

August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 69

2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 70

October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House. 71

February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 72 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 73

Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.


38 posted on 07/28/2013 5:44:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Louis Foxwell

You summed it up perfectly.


39 posted on 07/28/2013 8:41:58 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: James C. Bennett

What does that video have to do with the American judicial system adopting sharia law? It’s about some people in Texas who are Muslim.


40 posted on 07/29/2013 3:33:37 AM PDT by sakic
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To: Kip Russell

They can want whatever they want. They just can’t have it under our judicial system.

Some sects of orthodox Judaism would probably want a judicial system based on Jewish law, but they just can’t have it. They use it for matters outside of the jurisdiction of the American judicial system.


41 posted on 07/29/2013 3:36:41 AM PDT by sakic
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To: sakic

It’s about a lot of atypical people converting to Islam.

When they grow in numbers, they’ll demand sharia.

As has happened before, even in large areas once part of Christendom.


42 posted on 07/29/2013 7:16:22 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Ira_Louvin

Atheists are paving the way for the fall of western civilization. Atheists will have their way and Christianity will be reduced to a powerless oppressed underground minority. And once western civilization falls, atheists will enjoy living under the heels of their moslem masters.


43 posted on 07/29/2013 7:19:19 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: James C. Bennett

They can demand that we worship penguins. It will be just as effective.


44 posted on 07/29/2013 8:58:27 AM PDT by sakic
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