Plus, Christopher Ferrara and the failure of liberty.
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Over at Big Peace, Ken Klukowski has an update on that very unsettling story he reported on Sunday regarding religious persecution in the military.
The FRC has launched a petition http://www.frc.org/alert/pentagon-consultant-no-gospel-witness-for-chaplains ;
calling on Secretary Hagel to stop working with Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization to develop military policy regarding religious faith.
As of this writing, the petition has exceeded more than 50,000 signatures.
I'm so tired of these atheists trying to purge Christianity, what happened to religious liberty? Is this still the USA or NK?
The site founded by this antiChristian, AntiAmerican Mikey Weinstein is called http://militaryreligiousfreedom.org
On their about section they have some nerve to say they represent our military's right to religious freedom, what they don't understand is we have religious freedom to practice our faith in public and while in the military. We have freedom of religion, not freedom FROM religion.
Obama continues to purge Christianity by barely mentioning God in his national day of prayer proclamation and refers to the USA as a democracy
Mikey Weinstein says even a Christian bumper sticker on an officer's car or a Bible on an officer's desk can amount to "pushing this fundamentalist version...
Study:Christianphobia on the rise...not Islamophobia #religion #Christianity #prolife http://sco.lt/4q80bR
By Clash Daily / 1 May 2013 /
"Seperation of Church and state Origins"
It stems from my favorite founder Thomas Jefferson and his letter to the Danburry Baptists, when they wrote that they were fearful the state would impose religious restrictions on them, he basically stated that there is a seperation to keep the State from injecting itself into religions. It does not however allow Government to place restrictions on the free exercise of Religion, therefore Government can not under any circumstance be allowed to impose restrictions as to when and where we can Pray... If I want to pray on the white house lawn, then I have my God Given right to be allowed to do so!
Religious Freedom Lost
We The People have a Constitutional Right to religious freedom and through our Declaration of Independence the right to stand up against a tyrannical government. We are the ones who pay their salary and if we must revolt and stop paying taxes or do as our forefathers&we must fight this battle not only at the ballot box, but with our blood,sweat and tears!
“Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military,” Perkins said. “That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.”
State Department Purges Religious Freedom Section from Its Human Rights Reports June 2012
IRS Sued for Lax Response to Church Politicking: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the...http://t.co/21GV9l0R
Jul 31, 2012 WOW: Hillary w/ straight face on Muslim Brotherhood and Human RIghts Part One http://ht.ly/cDuP8 <she responds on Huma&Muslim Brotherhood;yeah religious freedoms&individual freedoms are sliding backwards with no thanks to this administration!! With the Obama HHS mandate, pro-lifers have seen huge attacks on religious freedom. We need to fight back.http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/03/chaput-we-must-begin-now-building-a-culture-of-religious-freedom/ Chaput: We Must Begin Now Building a Culture of Religious Freedom
Hobby Lobby CEO Pens Tragic Letter About Loss of Religious Freedom
"This is a critical moment for religious freedom in the US. If the federal government can define religious expression, then it can control or even outlaw it."
Religious freedom is our first American freedom. It is a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
Early Religious Freedom in America: Applying the Founders Today The Founders' nuanced views of religion and politics prevent us from reading modern concerns about the separation of church and state into their words.
18 highlights http://shar.es/7xZkc <Obama's war on religious freedom,especially against the Catholic Church;enlighten all Catholics today!
SCOTUS Unanimous For Religious Freedom – UPDATED « The Anchoress »
In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination.http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2012/01/11/scotus-unanimous-for-religious-freedom/
When liberals used to understand religious freedom:
"Religious freedom is not just about religion. It’s not just about the right of Roman Catholics to organize a mass, or Muslims to hold a religious funeral, or Baha’is to meet in each others’ homes for prayer, or Jews to celebrate High Holy Days together – as important as those rituals are. Religious freedom is also about the right of people to think what they want, say what they think, and come together in fellowship without the state looking over their shoulder.
Catholicism and Religious Liberty:
Is Americans’ Religious Freedom Under Threat?
"Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live."
Video: Obama’s Denying Religious Freedom Denies Social Justicehttp://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/30/video-obamas-denying-religious-freedom-denies-social-justice/
"Not by accident did the First Amendment begin with religious freedom, protecting it from infringement in two ways: first, by prohibiting an official, governmentally sponsored religion ('Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’) and second, by protecting the people in their free exercise of religion ('or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.').
Barbara Boxer: Right to Insurance Trumps Religious Freedom http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/15/barbara-boxer-right-to-insurance-trumps-religious-freedom/
Pope Benedict Emeritus:
America's once-strong political consensus has "eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such."
A vote in the US House of Representatives to establish a special envoy to promote religious freedom in parts of the Middle East and South Asia is causing ripples in Egypt
Resources for folks who think freedom is important: updated, reorganized, and (slightly) condensedhttp://catholiccitizenamerica.blogspot.com/2012/07/religious-freedom-resources.html I have to support religious freedom. It's 'in the rules' for Catholics. (Catechism of the Catholic Church,http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt1.shtml#2104 -http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt1.shtml#2109 ) That's religious liberty for everybody. (Catechism,http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt1.shtml#2106 )
In his June 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama declared that “it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit.” However, when it comes to Catholics and other persons of faith who object to being forced to pay for their employees’ birth control against their core religious convictions, Obama’s answer is that they are to practice their religion as he sees fit.
Feb 8, 2012 Speaker John Boehner on Religious Freedom:
Speaker John Boehner made the following statement on the House floor today: http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?postid=278752
"'Religious Freedom' 2012 scorecard unveiled Friday, The Catholic Association gives Obama an 'F' on seven religious issues" http://bit.ly/SVhsim
Obama Uses Scripture to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Stance
Some Christian Obama is....he needs to follow the teachings of Christ&what the Bible says about homosexuality. You can do unto others as you would have them do unto you, without condoning their behavior. One can be a homosexual without acting on those feelings. You can love another man or woman without fornication,marriage and exploiting the morals of society. As Christians we can not stand silent when our religion is under attack by the laws of a govt that is courting non-believers. Our religious freedoms are protected by our Constitution,homosexuality is not a religion and it is not a race,therefore not a civil rights issue. It is also not a gender issue like women's rights, homosexuality is a lifestyle preference, which is more likely related to personal choice or upbringing&often the result of childhood abuse/molestation or neglect.
We serve Him;not the government and the government serves We The People!
Christian persecution on the rise in Europe and the US
Whitewashing Muslim atrocities, while condemning Christianity and proselytizing in the militaryRon Lewenberg originally shared this:http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/obamas-commission-on-religious-freedom-whitewashes-muslim-genocide/ Religious freedom vs tyranny
Sep 16, 2012 *First Amendment Under Attack by Sharia Law--U.N. Adopts ‘Religious Intolerance' Resolution in 2011!*
Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
DIGNITATIS HUMANAE Declaration on Religious Freedom. Second Vatican Council.
US bishops launch religious freedom website firstamericanfreedom.com
Religious Freedom Commission Prepares to Shut Its Doors
Turkey Added to List of Worst Religious Freedom Offenders for Mistreatment of Christian Minority
'Armed revolution' may soon be necessary, 44% of Republicans say http://t.co/tTgCkYaDeC
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It is ridiculous that our military and others continue to give into the demands of atheists who are showing how little they respect others who believe differently then them. They are intolerant and unable to appreciate that we are a Christian nation founded on Christian values and morals.
The Rev. James McGonegal of the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on the west side of Cleveland had a not-so-good Friday. First he told an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger that he was just out “cruising” in his Jeep.
Yike, awful, hope he's found soon....of course this happens in all professions..but the media always focuses on the Catholic Church...when the highest number of sex crimes against children are by relatives or teachers/educators or coaches. Often it is due to homosexuality which leads to these pedophile cases...but the media doesn't like to admit it's a homosexual problem.
WTH?? This is a clear violation of our first amendment, and right to religious liberty. The Obama admin is once again abusing their powers and attempting to control our rights and freedoms by using the shutdown to take away religious rights!!
by Doug Giles
According to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, evangelical Christians are now a national security threat. I’m talkin’ at the top of the list folks. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise” eh, Christians?
Not good, our country is becoming a sponsor of terrorists, arming and aiding them in Syria and persecuting Christians from the healthcare mandate to the military training against evangelical Christians.
In the meantime the real terrorists and left win lunatics like Aaron Alexis are getting awawy wtih mass murder and the Obama administration is ignoring the real threats to our national security while using the NSA, IRS,etc to spy on and attack Christian, Conservatives.
Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place...
I had a feeling his interview was taken out of context....this is a good breakdown/explanation of what the Church teaches and what the Pope really meant:
Of course if you're still unsure, check the Bible to find out what the Church believes and what God believes.
What the Pope said:
What it means in Sunday School:
Love the sinner. Hate the sin.
What the Pope said:
What it means in Sunday School:
God’s mercy is greater than any sin you can commit and it is available in confession. Abortion and birth control are not the only sins. God has mercy for post abortive men and women. I am a shepherd of souls, including those who commit sins other than abortion and contraception.
What the Pope said:
What it means in Sunday School:
We can not earn salvation by picking out one or two sins and condemning them. That only makes us bitter and self-righteous. We must focus first on loving Jesus. Then, Jesus will change us and we will want to follow Him with our lives. The Church must preach Christ.
"Let us work for reconciliation and peace. Let us live reconciliation and peace." ~ #PopeFrancis Homily in Saint Peter's Square.
From the USCCB:
A Prayer for the People of Syria
Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end
the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…
Oración por Siria
Dios todopoderoso y eterno,
fuente de toda compasión,
nuestros corazones se llenan de esperanza
con la promesa de tu misericordia y de tu auxilio salvador.
Escucha el clamor del pueblo de Siria,
sana a los que sufren a consecuencia de la violencia
y consuela a los que lloran a los muertos.
Fortalece y anima a los vecinos de Siria
en su cuidado y recibimiento de refugiados.
Convierte los corazones de los que se alzan en armas
y fortalece la resolución de los que se comprometen a la paz.
O Dios de esperanza y Padre de misericordia,
cuyo Espíritu Santo nos inspira
a mirar mas allá de nosotros mismos y de nuestras propias necesidades,
inspira a los jefes a escoger la paz en lugar de la violencia
y a buscar la reconciliación con los enemigos;
inspira a la Iglesia por el mundo entero a la compasión por el pueblo de Siria
y llénanos de esperanza por futuro de paz construido sobre justicia para todos.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Príncipe de Paz y Luz del Mundo,
que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos.
Pray for Peace!
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All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. #prayforpeace
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Dear young people, pray with me for peace in the world#prayforpeace
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Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity#prayforpeace
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There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil and selfishness
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With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace
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Let the cry for peace ring out in all the world!#prayforpeace
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With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.
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We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!
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By his coming among us, Jesus transforms our lives. In him, we see that God is love, he is fidelity he is life who gives himself.
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How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.
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We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace.
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War never again! Never again war!
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Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts.
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Let us ask Mary to help us fix our eyes intently on Jesus, to follow him always, even when this is demanding.
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Faith is not something decorative or for show. To have faith means to put Christ truly at the centre of our lives.
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The love of God is not something vague or generic; the love of God has a name and a face: Jesus Christ.
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Let us allow Jesus into our lives, and leave behind our selfishness, indifference and closed attitudes to others.
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Jesus is the gate opening up to salvation, a gate open to everyone.
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Don’t be afraid to ask God for forgiveness. He never tires of forgiving us. God is pure mercy.
Where are the calls for peace from the Islamists?? Is the Catholic Church the only one calling for prayer, fasting and peace in Syria??
Video on msnbc.com: Pope Francis adds his personal touch by calling some parishioners. Aside from having a landline, here are other etiquette guidelines for a phone conversation with the Pope.
So cool...a humble Pope of the people, for the people...very Christ like....I wonder how you get so lucky to get a call from the Pope?? I don't know what I'd say but I'd thank him for calling and ask him to pray for our country, especially the Christians suffering persecution worldwide and for the removal of our administration.
What would you ask the Pope if he called you??
In the media’s wall-to-wall Egypt coverage, one important facet of the ongoing crisis has gotten short shrift: the deadly plight of that nation’s Christians.
&Obama's silent...he has not condemned the Islamic terrorists responsible for a global Holocaust against Christians in Egypt, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world that are under control or under attack by Islamic terrorists, instead Obama has condemned the govts of countries like Egypt and Syria for fighting a war against terrorism!
Why is it ok for Obama to drone terrorists, while killing civilians in the process, but it's not ok for other countries to fight terrorism??
Could it be because in order to pursue his agenda to enforce socialism through Obamacare and other big govt regulations, he has been attacking Christians in the US through his own policies??
Video:Obama's Plan To Destroy Freedom By Attacking Christianity http://sco.lt/5mBl33
On Friday, I noted how ostensibly objective religion reporter David Gibson of Religion News Service has been tapped by Sister Simone Campbell to co-author her memoirs.
Sad such anti-Christian,anti-American people have infiltrated the Church. I hope Pope Francis denounces them and excommunicates them but then he hasn't asked for Pelosi and Biden to be excommunicated yet either. :(
Click headline for story....
A newly released audiotape of a maddening phone conversation between a pro-life group and an incompetent Internal Revenue Service official shows the level of harassment conservative groups faced for years.
Pro-Life Revolution waited two and a half years for tax-exempt status, which they did receive last week, but not without the typical overreach we now know the IRS used to target conservative groups.
Alliance Defending Freedom, who provides legal representation for Pro-Life Revolution released the audiotape Monday where an “IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion,” Life News reported.
According to Life News, Pro-Life Revolution “provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations.”
In the article, ADF recounted how the IRS sent letter after letter to the group’s president Ania Joseph “requesting more information” and deeper explanations on the activities and charitable work of the organization.
Below, you will hear a phone call between Joseph and IRS Exempt Organization Specialist Sherry Wan from March 2012, more than a year after Pro-Life Revolution applied for tax-exemption.
Wan incredibly rambles on and on, saying things to Joseph like, “You cannot force your religion or force your beliefs on somebody else…. You have to know your boundaries. You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.”
Wow talk about harassment and discrimination of prolife groups. This is the kind of harassment and nonsense conservative groups and prolife groups have been putting up with under the Obama administration. And you know it's coming from the top...as recent revelations by former IRS officials is starting to uncover.
News of a mystery priest who supposedly showed up to offer prayers for a young woman trapped inside of a vehicle on Sunday, has gone viral.
Aaron Smith, 26, struck Lentz in a head-on car crash on Sunday morning. After 60 minutes of emergency responders trying to get Lentz out of the vehicle (she was pinned between the steering wheel and the seat), rescue crews, at the young woman’s request, prayed out loud for her. As they did, the mystery priest appeared. According to accounts, he came out of nowhere and brought intense calm upon the situation.
“He came up and approached the patient and offered a prayer,” New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV. “It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.”
After another fire department showed up, the rescue proceeded easily and the tools worked, as promised. But when nearly a dozen firefighters turned around to thank the priest, he was gone; the road was empty. Since, no one has seen or heard from the man and his identity remains a mystery.
One of the best stories of the week....gives you a sense of hope and peace knowing that there are good people out there and that miracles can happen. Whether the priest was an angel or not, the prayers of those surrounding her obviously helped calm the rescuers and the victim and led to her successful rescue.
They are hypocrites and nothing they do or say makes sense except to them. They have no problem attacking Christians and defending Muslims...as long as it fits their agenda.
Yep, Obama is at war with Catholics and Christianity in this country...otherwise he would show more respect for religious liberties and allow the military chaplains to perform mass during the shutdown,and allow Catholics and Christians waivers from Obamacare, which provides abortions and contraceptives despite the religious beliefs of others. He's a disgrace and a tyrant.
He has said many disparging comments in the past against Christianity and Catholics....anyone who says he's a Christian is delusional and a liar like Obama.
A pair of suspicious fires that ripped through a Staten Island Catholic school compound and forced one nun to leap out a second-floor window is being investigated as a possible hate…
I wouldn't doubt it...and more of these will likely occur as our govt continues to marginalize Christians/Catholics and defies religious liberty in this country.
Florida city fights to keep 131-year-old seal at center of church-state dispute
Good for them and thanks to the groups who are supporting them to fight the legal battle against the atheists who want them to take the cross out. I hope they prevail.
If atheists want to live in a world without religion, they can move to NK or China....where they have to go underground to practice their faith.
Last week, an interview with Pope Francis was published by the National Catholic Review called "America Magazine".
Wish he'd excommunicate Pelosi, Biden and others who support gay marriage and abortion!
Related:Liberals take Pope out of Context Again...Pope Warns Church on Divisive Rules on Abortion, Gayshttp://sco.lt/5PjcxN
Not surprised, Obama has been pushing a lot of anti-Christian policies lately, especially after they overturned DADT.
On the eve of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Queen of Peace, Pope Francis has called for a prayer vigil for peace in Syria and for all the regins of the ...
Praying for worldwide peace in St. Peter's Square.
LIVE VIDEO: Prayer Vigil for Atonement
Easter Time: 1pm - 6pm, Pacific Time: 10am - 3pm
Excerpted from Todd Starnes: For as far back as anyone can remember, Missouri Baptists have gathered on river banks for Sunday afternoon baptisms.
Obama's war on Christians continues........is this still the United States of America??
A military servicemen advocacy group is requesting more information about a military base’s decision to republish a chaplain’s article on faith that some servicemen found offensive. The Militar
Christianity is under attack worldwide if it's not the atheist and homosexuals attacking us in the US, it's the Islamists attacking us and other Christians worldwide. It seems they both have one thing in common and that is to destroy Christian values and freedoms.
Obama's goal is to direct the US into socialism and eventually communism, but according to Michael Voris of The Vortex, the Catholic Church has always been an obstacle to big government. Big Government tries to replace God and charity, the social hand of the church, while welfare and social programs are the hand of big government. Through welfare and social programs people lose independence and become dependent on the state/big government and with that dependence comes control, less freedoms and less privacy and individual rights.
It's time to wake up...whether you are a Catholic, Christian, Jew or otherwise, socialism leads to communism which eventually leads to fascism and worse. Stop the Obama agenda to control our healthcare, and create more welfare/govt dependents through amnesty before we lose the freedoms our country was founded upon and before we are no longer the last great hope for others who seek the American Dream.
I guess this explains why he is silent on the worldwide persecution of Christians by Islamists, because if he defends their freedoms there he'll have to defend freedoms here.
A judge has ordered a seven-month-old baby's parents to change his first name from Messiah to Martin after they appeared before her in a dispute about the child's surname.
I guess I can't blame her for wanting only Christ to have that title and name recognition but there are people who go by the name of "Jesus'' of Hispanic descent and nobody is making them change their names. Should they have to change their names too?? What do you think of this ruling??
A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.
They are right the US has been becoming less friendly towards Christians if that is what they are, but glad they were found safe. Hopefully things will improve in the US before we end up like China or NK as we lose more freedoms every day.
If you are looking for an "anti-gay" organization to target for an act of domestic terrorism, the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) "Hat
The country is going in that direction with the recent SCOTUS decision to lift the ban on homosexual marriage in CA and allowing same sex benefits for married and unmarried couples in the military. Meanwhile Christians have been sued and are under attack in the military and privately as Obamacare is pushed on them to fund abortifacients and go against their moral and religious beliefs. Soon more businesses and individuals will be seen as bigots and committing hate crimes simply for their belief that homosexuality is a sin and to condone it is to be complicit in it. If we don't speak against it we are committing a sin of omission against our faith. Yet the atheists, homosexual lobbyists and Obama administration and hate groups like the SPLC would rather designate Christians as a hate group than recognize and respect our religioius liberty. We have a fundamental and inalieanble right to freedom of religion, NOT from religion. In being Christian we are not suppose to throw our faith and values out the door after we leave mass each week, we are suppose to live by those values and morals every day to the best of our ability! We are suppose to live up to our convictions and faith and stand up to our rights not let the govt and other secular organizations trample on those rights!!
If we ever forget that we are One nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under!
God will NOT be mocked!