With just days remaining until the 2012 presidential election – what some are calling the most important election in America’s history – traditional values organization, Family Research Council (FRC) has published a piece exposing the current administration’s record of blatant antipathy toward religious freedom, Christianity in particular.
The compilation, coming from Chris Gacek, Ph.D. and Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs at FRC via frc.org, is a laundry list of slights and offenses committed directly by Barack Obama or another party acting with his full knowledge and authority.
Amongst the instances the FRC calls, “disrespectful” [and] detrimental towards… rights of conscience” are:
September, 2009 – Chai Feldblum, zealous lesbian and gay activist is appointed to a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. When questioned regarding a Christian employer’s, right to hire an employee of his choice, Gacek writes, “Feldblum stated: ‘Gays win; Christians lose.’ Similarly,” he continues, “Feldblum, when questioned about how she would decide when religious liberty and homosexual ‘rights’ conflict, said she would have ‘a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.’”
February 2010 – Tony Perkins, FRC president, is disinvited to address the National Prayer Luncheon although he is an ordained minister and Marine Corps veteran. Perkins made it clear his intention was “to give a devotional, non-political message.” The Obama Administration’s efforts to repeal the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military and the FRC’s outspoken opposition “were grounds for revocation of the invitation.”
February 2011 – The Obama Administration revises conscience protection rules the Bush Administration had promulgated to enforce existing conscience laws. In short, the Obama rule changes eliminate the right of healthcare workers to refuse participation in “abortion and other medical procedures.”
January 2012 – Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that pursuant to Obamacare employers are required to provide sterilizations and contraceptives, including some that can cause abortions, with no co-pays. Although churches are not covered by the mandate other religious employers such as universities and colleges, religious hospitals, and certain charitable organizations would fall under the requirement. Businesses opposed to the provisions on religious grounds are also not exempted. That same month the Army censors a letter from the Catholic Archbishop for the military services that was to be read by Catholic chaplains to their Army parishioners. The letter rejected the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Service Contraceptive mandate.
Based on these few facts and significant evidence otherwise, it would be a stretch to conclude that the Obama Administration’s agenda is concerned much with religious liberty – if at all.
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