Jack E. Kemp
While reading a recent article by FoxNews member Todd Starns concerning Rick Perry's video advertising support for our Judeo-Christian religious heritage, I came across the opposing opinion - and following actions - of the Obama administration.
It was President Obama who declared in an e-mail to CBN News that “whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation.”
It was during the Obama administration that Christian school children were ordered to stop praying outside the Supreme Court building because they were violating the law. Instead, those American boys and girls were forced to pray for the elected officials while standing in a gutter.
It was the Obama administration that opposed the commemoration of a prayer by Franklin Roosevelt at the site of the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall, arguing that it would “dilute” the memorial’s central message.
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That last example was a prayer President Roosevelt wrote for the D-Day invasion which uses the phrase "Almighty God" and has no specific reference to Jesus Christ.
And then the article mentions this Obama Administration invasive effrontery to both personal property and private expressions of faith in the military. I'm not sure even Ayn Rand would agree with this government attempted diktat over private property:
In recent days, we’ve learned that the Navy adopted and later rescinded a policy that would have banned parents from giving their wounded soldier-children Bibles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
That's right. Obama's minions tried to ban the Bible - as a private property possession - from a major military hospital. Something tells me this won't be the lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN evening news broadcasts - or on the cover of Time Magazine next week.
Here's a bit of history for you. In World War II, the US Government issued a pocket sized New Testaments, with Psalms from the Old Testament, to its soldiers and sailors. It had imprinted instructions to not write in too much personal information inside, lest the Bible fall into enemy hands. This can be seen in a copy being auctioned on the internet at http://www.etsy.com/listing/72405856/antique-1941-army-bible-president
This Bible also contained this letter from President Roosevelt, a man Obama claims he admires:
THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON
January 25th, 1941
To the Armed Forces:
As Commander-In-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.
Very sincerely yours,
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Today, the US military does not issue Bibles, but Post Exchange stores and chaplains of various faiths offer service men and women any Holy book the want. http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/608224.html
We are now seeing the true anti-Christian (and arguably anti-Jewish) attitudes of the Obama administration in all its mean spirited anger and rage. Trying to ban parents from bringing Bibles - at their own expense - to their wounded sons' and daughters' bedside is something one would expect to happen in Iran or or North Korea, not Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Think about this when you see Obama (prematurely) lighting Hannukah candles http://news.investors.com/Article/594264/201112082024/obama-hanukka... or the National Christmas Tree at the White House (assuming he won't be in Hawaii next year). And if you have liberal relatives who won't give you a break from politics at a Christmas or Hannukah gathering, you might want to mention this to them as you ask them if they would object to your reading or carrying a Holy Book you brought along on this occasion.
A Merry Christmas a Happy Hannukah to all my readers. See my earlier "classic" 2004 article on historic
government interference with religious observance at http://www.americanthinker.com/2004/12/christmas_hanukkah_and_polit...