Friday, August 31, 2012

Shrug's Guide to the Presidential Election - The Evangelical Vote

If you're a Christian and you vote (I'm not, but I do), the upcoming general election is an opportunity for you to cast your vote where you claim your heart is.  The bullet points below are but a short list of substantiated actions against Christian faith taken by the Obama administration.

In a way, President Obama deserves credit for being open, dedicated, and consistent in the use of tactics to carry out his promise to "fundamentally change America".  Few Christians can claim being as dedicated by their deeds to the sustenance of their faith as President Obama is to marginalizing it.  Nor can they claim to be consistent in their approach to taking action to sustain the principals on which their faith is based.  That said, if you're a Christian and you vote, reading the first sentence of this article bears repeating.

I admit that an argument could be made that the rationality of Mitt Romney's Latter Day Saints faith is at least as questionable as President Obama's demonstrated lack of Christian faith.  The only fault I have against Romney in that regard is that he seems way too bright to have fallen for a story as ridiculous as The Book of Mormon.  That said, I couldn't care less about either of the candidates' imaginary friends.  What I do care about is each mans' demonstrated sense of charity, compassion, loyalty, and business acumen.  By that criteria, one candidate stands well above the other whether you pray to the God of Abraham, worship Ä’ostre, or sing to a rock on the third Wednesday of odd numbered months that don't end in Y.

Let the hate mail begin!  All of these can be proven.  I'm just too lazy to annotate the all references here.  If you doubt one, some, or all, reach out to me with the one(s) you don't believe and I'll reply with the details.
  • April 2008 - Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they cling to guns or religion and have an antipathy to people who aren't like them.
  • February 2009 - Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.
  • April 2009 - When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech.
  • May 2009 - Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.
  • April 2009 - Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.
  • October 19, 2010 - Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about the Creator when quoting the Declaration of Independence an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.
  • November 2010 - Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is E pluribus unum rather than In God We Trust as established by federal law.
  • January 2011 - After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.
  • February 2011 - Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress.
  • April 2011 - For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.
  • August 2011 - The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.
  • November 2011 - Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt's famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.
  • November 2011 - Unlike previous presidents, Obama avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.
  • December 2011 - The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.
  • January 2012 - The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.
  • February 2012 - The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.
  • June 2011 - The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
  • August 2011 - The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD; a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America, now).
  • September 2011 - Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains.
  • September 2011 - The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit."
  • November 2011 - The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.
  • November 2011 - The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.
  • February 2012 - The U. S. Military Academy at West Point dis-invites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.
  • February 2012 - The Air Force removes "God" from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).
  • February 2012 - The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.
  • May 2009 - While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan.
  • April 2010 - Christian leader Franklin Graham is dis-invited from the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community.
  • April 2010 - The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.
  • August 2010 - Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location.
  • October 2011 - Obama's Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians' access to the White House.
  • February 2012  The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military,  but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do.