Obama’s Attack on the Church – The Mark of a Tyrant

An understanding of history is the only thing that can illuminate our understanding of religious liberty.  Our ignorance of history (not to mention a dangerous level of apathy) is allowing a tyrant to erode the liberty that people of faith have enjoyed for over two centuries.  We believe that we have moved beyond the days of kings and serfs, yet here we are, repeating the very history our forefathers attempted to prevent us from repeating.  It is exactly the same show that was played out again and again throughout the English history that gave us our founding documents, just different characters.  The current tyrannical King of America is forcing the church to succumb to the rule of the sovereign in opposition to the dictates of conscience.  Repeating what occurred in 1066, in 1213, in 1628, in 1641, and in 1689.  Journey with me, as we roll back the clock and watch the parallels unfold.

In 1066 England, William I takes the throne and begins forcing his rule over the people of England.  A people, who because of the agreement of 1041 had become accustomed to participation in their government and had established a common law they felt was fair and just for their time.  William I, however had different ideas.  He and his sons continue to fundamentally transform the England, up until Henry I took the throne.  Henry is the signer of the 1100 Charter of Liberties in which he promised to end the tyranny of his father and brother.  He made a charter with the people to end all evil and oppressive practices as carried out by the crown.  Interestingly enough, what the people of 1100 England felt was evil and oppressive, we might find alarmingly familiar.  Besides promising to end the evil inheritance taxes, and ensuring that lawmakers were subject to the laws they made, Henry promised to abandon the practice of requiring the ecclesiastical leaders of the Church of England to do the government’s bidding.  Henry made a promise to the people, that first and foremost, he would declare the church free of government interference:

“Know that by the mercy of God and the common counsel of the barons of the whole kingdom of England I have been crowned king of said kingdom; and because the kingdom had been oppressed by unjust exactions, I, through fear of God and the love which I have toward you all, in the first place make the holy church of God free, … And I take away all the bad customs by which the kingdom of England was unjustly oppressed;”

But that would not end the reign of tyranny forever, because tyrants hates Liberty and “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.” T. Jefferson

In 1213, John is the King of England and his hatred for the church quickly becomes apparent.   Tyrants do not like to share power, and throughout history they came to recognize the great force within the church, after all, if God be for us, who can be against us?  John is called the most evil King England has ever known.  The English have said that “hell was fouled by the presence of John”.  It was John’s ruthless behavior toward the English people who would not submit to his tyrannical rule that gained John’s infamy.  But, it was John’s refusal to grant the people the right to choose an Arch Bishop that threw the people into rebellion.  John wanted to power over the church as well the treasury; after all it was his Divine Right.  The Barons, Lords and the chosen Arch Bishop, Stephen Langton, in an attempt to avoid bloodshed drew up a charter to force the King to keep the promise issued by the crown in the 1100 Charter of Liberties.  This edict gave specific directions to John on what tyrannical acts were to be halted and is called the Magna Carta.

“In the first place we have granted to God, and by this our present charter confirmed for us and our heirs forever that the English Church shall be free, and shall have her rights entire, and her liberties inviolate;… Wherefore we will and firmly order that the English Church be free, and that the men in our kingdom have and hold all the aforesaid liberties, rights, and concessions, well and peaceably, freely and quietly, fully and wholly, for themselves and their heirs, of us and our heirs, in all respects and in all places forever, as is aforesaid.”

The King promised once again, through the Magna Carta, to honor the sovereignty of the Church and the right of the people to maintain their religious Liberty.  But under tyrants who have no regard for the Rule of Law and see themselves as the ultimate authority, religious liberty cannot survive without a fight.

This time it was Charles I who had to be put in his place.  Charles was accused of devising 'a wicked design to erect and uphold in himself an unlimited and tyrannical power to rule according to his will, and to overthrow the Rights and Liberties of the People'. To do this he had 'traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament and the people therein represented'.  What was among Charles’ atrocities? You guessed it, offenses against religious liberty, 11 counts to be exact and all were listed in the Grand Remonstrance of 1641.  His tyranny was summarized as follows:

“For depriving the Bishops of their votes in Parliament, and abridging their immoderate power usurped over the Clergy, and other your good subjects, which they have perniciously abused to the hazard of religion, and great prejudice and oppression to the laws of the kingdom, and just liberty of your people-”

The people rebelled against Charles’ unjust laws and against the oppression of the church.  Charles was found guilty of tyranny and oppression, and he was sentenced to death.  Liberty once again succeeded with new protections obtained by the resolve of the people.

Just 60 years later the people found themselves once again in the hands of a tyrant, this time his name was James II and he was also attempting to control the church.  James was attempting to tax the people through the church and he was attempting to control the method and mode of worship instead of allowing the people to worship according to their beliefs.  In order to enforce these laws, he was placing agents of the crown in the church and establishing arbitrary regulations and courts to bring government action against the leaders of the church.  The people of England charged James with attempting to completely destroy Liberty.

“Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to [overturn] and [completely destroy] the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom; By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Parliament; By committing and prosecuting [various] worthy [ministers] for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed power; By issuing and causing to be executed a commission under the great seal for erecting a court called the Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes;

The people stood against James, causing him to flee the throne.  They lost a tyrant and retained their Liberty in this new document, The Bill of Rights of 1689.

In our own nation many preachers, particularly of the Baptist faith, were prosecuted, tarred and feathered, whipped, jailed, and executed because they would not submit to a license under the state religion.  The blood shed on our own shores in the name of religion is the very thing that brought us the first amendment and led to the eventual dissolution of all test acts and state churches.  This is the history of our founding fathers and mothers.  This is the wisdom they brought to the table when drafting our government.  These tyrants of the past are the reason our founders gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to “secure the blessings of Liberty for our posterity”.  They knew that a tyrant would come along sooner or later.  They knew that this tyrant would hate liberty as much as those in the past.  But they also knew that tyranny has a limited bag of tricks, so they did their best to give us the protections gained from over 700 years of battle for Liberty.  This is precisely why we have a 1st Amendment, to secure the right of the people to worship according to the dictates of their conscience and to keep the government out of the business of the church.  After all, THIS is the REAL meaning of separation of church and state.

It is no surprise that tyranny would rematerialize in the very same way it has for centuries.  Once again, the government attempts to govern the church, to impose its rule over the conscience of the people.  Healthcare mandates against the church have nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with tyranny over the people.  Kings do not concern themselves with the good of the people as much as they do with the will of the King.  If this tyranny is allowed to stand, a door will be open that will allow the Kings troops to march even greater oppression against the church, history guarantees it.  These troops, undoubtedly in the form of regulation and law, will once again “deny the church their voice in government” causing a great “hazard to religious liberty” bring forward the “prosecution of various ministers” in arbitrary “courts of ecclesiastical causes” which will surely bring about the “complete destruction of liberty”.   What we must learn from history, what we must understand today is that if religious liberty is allowed to fall, all other liberties will quickly follow.  The battle for all liberty is rooted in the battle for religious liberty and the ability to speak, print, assemble, and air our grievances according to the dictates of our conscience.  It is no coincidence that it is the FIRST Amendment.  The question is what are we going to do about the tyranny that is fundamentally transforming America into an utter wasteland of ruined liberties?

ABOUT: KrisAnne Hall is a Constitutional attorney and former state prosecutor, when forced to choose decided she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor's wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. Awarded the Freedom Fighter award by Americans for Prosperity, and the Certificate of Achievement from the Sons of the Revolution for her defense of Constitutional principles, Congressman James Blair Award for Defense of the Constitution. Author of "Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming Our Constitution, and the DVD series The Roots of Liberty: The Historic Foundations of The Bill of Rights.  Because our children are the future of America, KrisAnne has also authored two children's books, Bedtime Stories For Budding Patriots and Essential Stories for Junior Patriots. 

To Contact KrisAnne to teach the Constitution to your group or order her books or DVD go to http://www.KrisAnneHall.com

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Comment by Janet Miller on February 14, 2012 at 9:39pm

@Goodbusiness,  A picture of that particular Obama poster showed up in a local newspaper story recently.  It seems that one of our area high schools has been recently renovated and this poster is featured in one of the hallways as a mural. Makes my blood run cold.

Comment by David Sykes on February 14, 2012 at 8:06pm

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.  Ronald Reagan
Comment by Jo Gonzalez on February 14, 2012 at 2:46pm

Can anyone ever remember, when this type of tryanny, was ever exercised in our Lifetime?  I can't remember a time, when the Government scared me, well, it does now.  Breach after breach ,of Law ,has been approved, not by vote, but by ommision, of anyone having the Courage in Government to iniate a working solution to this tryanny.

The Catholic Church is quite an enemy to take on, as well as the First Amendment.

This cannot continue, demand your Representatives do something, or fire them.

Years ago, I was involved in an action, I thought was quite effective, it was a "Pink Slip" movement.  Hundreds of Pink Slips were printed up, sent by all of us, to Legislators, in all States.  I would like to do this again, also another quick and easy way, to get their attention is to put their numbers, in your cell phones.  While waiting in line etc. you can call a Legislator and quickly remind them, they are out of bounds, and if they expect to keep their jobs, they had better begin to work for us.



Comment by Michael J. Larkin on February 14, 2012 at 12:56pm

Cromwell outlawed the Catholic Church in Ireland around 1600..Henry the Eighth tried his best to force his heresies on us..they tried to starve us to death in 1847-and again in 1890's..we are still here! In fact, the Irish number around 100 million in every land on earth..St. Patrick's Day is the most widely celebrated holiday in the world! The Church is 2000 years old, established by Jesus and St. Peter in 0033..Obama is 50..guess who will still be around in 2100!!LOL. Mike the Mick


Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on February 14, 2012 at 10:45am

Maybe we need to investigate Media Matters. They are not nice people.

Comment by Frank Curiel on February 14, 2012 at 10:44am

More news, this morning on Fox & Friends they said all Fox personal employees, anchors like Bill will be getting their back grounds/history checked my outside investigators.  Other news stations and new papers are wanting Fox to be history.  This is BHO and Dogs.  Now Think What Is Next and coming down the pipe!!     

Comment by Jan on February 14, 2012 at 10:32am

Referring to the comments about mass disobedience.  I understand that Obama is preparing for this.  NDAA that many republicans signed onto that take away our protections against arrest without charges, without representation and for as long as the government wants to hold us.  Also, at the same time it came out that Huge funding had been made available for more and bigger fema camps.  Yesterday the ex-government of Minnesota (he was a wrestler) has done a video on the FEMA Camps.  If this is not a doctored video we are in serious trouble.  Caskets that can hold 4-6 bodies at a time and massive fencing with the barbed wire facing in to keep people in not out.  Reseidential centers for families, etc.  Almost all states have a center for these centers.  If I can remember the video I will forward the information but I think you can google it.


Comment by Jan on February 14, 2012 at 10:26am

I understand that Fox News is letting Judge Napolitano go, who is a huge supporter and teacher of the Constitution.  Is Fox News going the way of the other liberal news outlets.  I have noticed that O'Rielly is also more liberal in the news than he used to be.

Comment by janet barks on February 14, 2012 at 9:36am


I hope you are right. I knew a day like this would come, but I never thought that it would be in my lifetime. I pray that the Lord's hand will be in the outcome of this election. I pray that he will spare this nation from the wrath that has come in this administration denouncing our freedom of religion (specifically his people, the followers of Christ). At the end of my prayer time, I do ask that his will be done. His word does tell us what is coming. His plan will unfold no matter what. If this all must happen, then I can only pray for his guidance, and for him to prepare me for what lies ahead. I do know that I will not succumb to this administrations force upon my life. I watched this video that someone on this site posted. It made me sick knowing this is being forced upon us. I vowed that I will not go to a doctor, take a national ID card, or be part of this sick twisted demand placed upon us. Part of my preparation is to decide how far I am willing to go. If I am in an accident I have to be prepared ahead of time to decide if I will lay there and die before going to a hospital. If I break my arm, what will I do if I have refused to be part of their healthcare system. Part of not accepting what they are dishing out will take preparation for what may be coming. There has to be a point that you decide that you will not be part of what is coming our way. Who knows how long God will tarry before he takes his people out of here. Only he knows, so his followers have to be prepared. This video brought me to this realization. I will choose to die before I "go along" with this take over of our rights and freedoms.


Comment by MUG on February 14, 2012 at 8:23am

Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as, "one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics—against his own people as well as others."  Wikipedia

Obama is illegally occupying the Presidency and ignoring the law of the land to establish his own authority to rule by his own devices.

God help us all when we take to the streets to protest his excesses if the military and law-enforcement obey his command to force us to cease and disperse.

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