A Scrambled Mess at Breakfast

Recently at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made the following remarks that have generated a lot of controversy.  Evangelical religious leaders are outraged at his comparison of the Crusades and the Inquisition to ISIS’ actions, the most recent is setting a Jordanian pilot on fire while he was locked in a cage.  President Obama’s actual statement was:

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.”¹

However, his other comments were even more disturbing.  Not for the fact that they showed his negative opinion of Christianity, but because of his verbal support for the faith.  During the breakfast, President Obama also said:

“Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.”¹

Surprising comments aren’t they?  The President potrays an image that God is soverign.  That He and He alone is King.  But this view stands in stark contrast to the actions he’s taken during his time as President.  An article from the Alliance Defending Freedom outlines the attacks President Obaman has led on our religious freedom.  As you read them, remember what President Obama says about God.

“our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.”¹

Attacks on religious freedom by Obama:

  1. Pledged to sign the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) into law – interfering with the right for religious employers to choose their employees.
  2. Appointed radical homosexual activist Chai Feldblum to the position of commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Feldblum is on record saying: “…we should … not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender … Protecting one group’s identity may, at times, require that we burden others’ belief liberty … it is essential that we not privilege moral beliefs that are religiously based over other sincerely held, core, moral beliefs.”
  3. Signed into law the so-called “Hate Crimes” law, which has been a precursor to the silencing of religiously-based speech regarding sexual behavior.
  4. Advocated for and repealed the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with no religious liberty exceptions, resulting in serious religious liberty implications for military chaplains and all service members of faith.
  5. Modified Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines – forcing landlords to violate their conscience.
  6. Designated “religious public service” as the only public service that will not be counted as payment towards student loans.
  7. Argued in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC that the government could interfere with the internal faith and mission of religious organizations and churches. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against this attempt to attack religious freedom.
  8. Changed “freedom of religion” to “freedom to worship,” a lexicon shift that could limit religious freedom outside the four walls of the church.
  9. Ordered the removal of a monogram symbolizing Jesus before speaking at Georgetown University.
  10. Refused to host the National Day of Prayer at the White House.
  11. Omitted, on at least three occasions, the mention of the Creator in the Declaration of Independence.
  12. Misquoted the national motto, “In God We Trust,” saying it was “E pluribus Unum.”
  13. Neglected to fill the position of religious freedom ambassador for almost two years. Finally relented after public and congressional pressure.

Direct Attacks on Religion and Religious Freedom by the Obama Administration 4/15/2014

  1. Opposed inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “D-Day Prayer” as part of the World War II Memorial, saying it would “dilute” the memorial.
  2. Declined to make any religious references in his annual Thanksgiving speech.
  3. Promoted the demands of the homosexual agenda over the religious beliefs of other nations, calling those beliefsan “obstacle” to homosexual “rights.”
  4. Ignored a U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering the Mojave World War I cross memorial to be re-erected.
  5. Disputed the granting of asylum to a German homeschooling family who had taken refuge in the United States toescape Germany’s mandatory public education laws, stating that Germany’s law “fails to violate the family’s fundamental rights.” The Supreme Court declined to review the case, thereby sending the family back to Germany, where they will face huge fines, criminal penalties, and the possible loss of custody of their five children.
  6. Issued new Department of Justice workplace guidelines entitled “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers” which require that DOJ employees affirm homosexual behavior and state that “silence” means “disapproval.” These guidelines could threaten future advancement for those who do not express “support” for those who engage in homosexual behavior.
  7. Announced that he “strongly objected” to an amendment protecting religious freedom and freedom of conscience for members of the military. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), the author of the amendment said, “This administration is aggressively hostile towards religious beliefs that it deems to be politically incorrect.”
  8. Speaking at Belfast, Ireland’s Waterfront Hall to 2,000 young people at the G8 Summit, President Obama attacked Catholic and Protestant schools, saying: “If towns remain divided – if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden – that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.” 21 American Catholics for Religious Freedom responded: “Secular progressives like President Obama ignore the truth that faith-based education is a component of the religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.”
  9. Omitted the words “under God” from his reading of the Gettysburg Address in a video done with various celebrities and former Presidents, in a line that every other participant delivered as “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”
  10. Recorded an introduction to Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, produced by avowed atheist Seth MacFarlane. The host of the program, Neil deGrasse Tyron said: “If you start using your scripture, your religious text as a source of your science, that’s where you run into problems…Enlightened people…don’t use the Bible as a textbook.”

President Obama again says one thing, but his actions contradict what he says.  I remember during his first campaign, people wondered if he was a Christian.  He had a number of people come out and state that the future Presisident was in deed a Christian.  If God is first in his life and he’s accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, how could he possibly lead such an attack on religious liberty in the United States?  Soon, his time in the White House will be over.  Will we ever be able to fix the damage done during his Presidency?  It’s going to take Christians getting more involved, speaking out for their faith, sharing the Gospel, and demanding their constitutional rights.  Christians and our future leaders should follow this advice:

“And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty.”

“And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion — any religion — for their own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom — freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.”

The path has been laid out before us.  And amazingly, these words were also spoken by President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

1. http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/05/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast

2.http://www.adfmedia.org/files/ObamaReligiousFreedomAttacks.pdf