State-Sanctioned Anti-Christianity; Church's Response to Obama Secularism Must Be Civil Disobedience
Byline: Jeffrey T. Kuhner, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A merican Catholics are mobi- lizing for the biggest campaign of mass civil disobedience since the end of segre- gation. U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on Catholics to defy the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate. This comes in addition to numerous lawsuits launched by 46 plaintiffs from dioceses, universities and hospitals against the administration's order that compels religious organizations to subsidize birth control, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. The mandate is an unprecedented assault upon the Catholic Church's conscience rights and religious freedom, blatantly usurping the First Amendment.
The state is forcing churches, as well as synagogues and mosques, to consent to President Obama's radical secular agenda. Otherwise, their institutions - hospitals, schools, universities and charities - will face stiff penalties and eventually close down. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a campaign called the Fortnight for Freedom, from June 21 until July 4. Its goal: alert Catholics - and all freedom-loving Americans - to the impending threat posed by Mr. Obama's power grab. The contraceptive mandate is scheduled to take effect on Aug 1.
Mr. Obama is waging an ideological war against the Catholic Church. His mandate is essentially telling the church that it can no longer follow its central teachings on abortion, contraception and sterilization - or else it risks massive fines. Mr. Obama seeks to make himself, not Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He is behaving like an ancient Roman emperor. He is claiming the state can impose its pagan morality upon the church's institutions. We are sliding back to third-century Rome.
Mr. Obama embodies the secular fanaticism at the heart of modern liberalism - and by extension, its animating dark impulse: anti-Christian bigotry. For decades, liberals have sought to purge religion from the public square. The Ten Commandments have been taken down from courthouses. Prayer in public schools is banned. Darwinian evolution - one of the greatest intellectual hoaxes of all time - is regularly taught to students. Christians are routinely vilified and mocked in popular culture. Mr. Obama represents the culmination of leftist Christophobia.
Under Obamacare, Americans will be forced to subsidize abortions. Hence, devout Christians, along with other religious believers, will have to finance a procedure that is not only morally abominable but theologically prohibited. Abortion is murder. In America, more than 50 million unborn babies have been exterminated - a holocaust. Obamacare would make Christians complicit in state-sanctioned infanticide.
Now Mr. Obama's contraceptive mandate is targeting Catholics for their views on birth control. Since America's inception, religious groups have had their liberties preserved; only they - not the state or an established church - could determine their fundamental beliefs. Mr. Obama is not only trampling on basic freedoms, he is classifying Catholics as second-class citizens, who should be stripped of their conscience rights and religious liberties. …