Hillary Clinton’s “Freedom of Worship” Cripples Freedom of Religion

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For years, Hillary Clinton and her adversary turned accomplice with regard to religion, Barack Obama, have been attempting a slight of hand which will stifle the religious freedom our nation was founded on.  Their use of “freedom of worship” with impunity is part of their agenda to eliminate opposition to their plans.1

By restricting the freedom of religion to the tightly confined space of the four walls of religious buildings, it ceases to be truly free.  Hillary Clinton even went so far as to use this position to promote the legal form of murder known as abortion:

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper.  Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will.  And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”2

Thus, it is not surprising to hear members of her campaign staff agreeing with a supporter, John Halpin, a staffer at the Clinton allied Center for American Progress, who said of Catholics: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy…”  Clinton spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri added, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”3

This may not hurt her in the election as only 31% of Democrats attend weekly church services.  This number falls to 23% of white Democrats.

Regardless, restricting religious practices to houses of worship is a contradiction to the very nature of religion.  Hillary and most of her fellow Democrats may not believe the war against terrorism is a religious war at its roots.  However, her attempts to hold Christian religions hostage will not be as badly misinterpreted.

 

1 – “However, both the President and his Secretary of State have now replaced “freedom of religion” with “freedom of worship” too many times to seem inadvertent.”  From “Why ‘Freedom of Worship’ Is Not Enough,” by Ashley E. Samelson, https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2010/02/why-ldquofreedom-of-worshiprdquo-is-not-enough, 2/22/2010.

2 – “Hillary: ‘Deep-seated … religious beliefs’ have to be changed for abortion,” by Ed Morrissey, http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/24/hillary-deep-seated-religious-beliefs-have-to-be-changed-for-abortion/, 4/24/2015.

3 – “Hillary Clinton Campaign Spokeswoman Mocks Catholics, Calling Catholic Faith ‘Severely Backwards’” by Steven Ertelt, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/10/12/hillary-clinton-campaign-spokeswoman-mocks-catholics-calling-catholic-faith-severely-backwards/, 10/12/2016.

4 – “Preaching to The Choir: How Church Attendance Divides the Parties,” by Ronald Brownstein, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/preaching-to-the-choir-how-church-attendance-divides-the-parties/431928/, 4/6/2015.

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To Those Influenced by Secular Humanism: The World IS in a Religious War

Secular Humanism: Offshoot of the Enlightenment

Secular humanism, the greatest of the silent killers, has become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. since the 1960’s. It unwittingly became the modern version of the Enlightenment (1685-1815) which “questioned traditional authority and embraced the notion that humanity could be improved through rational change.”1

John Locke, the “Father of Classic Liberalism” and one of the early writers of the Enlightenment, influenced leaders beyond his time, including Thomas Jefferson the author of the Declaration of Independence.2

While many good things resulted from this awakening, it appears to be doomed to being a net loss for society as a whole by going too far in its primary belief “that everything in the universe could be rationally demystified and cataloged.” Locke believed that all knowledge was obtained by our senses and experiences.2 Unfortunately, his successors have used this to rule out any vestige of pre-programming such as our innate morality possessed before our knowing of the Ten Commandments. We United States citizens have benefitted from the victory in the Revolutionary War inspired by this era. However, an overbearing amount of harm has been caused by the expansion of the Enlightenment from its original philosophy, the first example being the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon.1

How could there be so much trouble from something so innocently called the “Age of Reason”? The destruction it caused has gained momentum as “Christians sought to reposition their faith along rational lines and deists and materialists argued that the universe seemed to determine its own course without God’s intervention.”1 Just ask CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who said recently,” “Our rights do not come from God, your honor and you know that. They come from man.” He was conveniently forgetting President Kennedy’s inaugural address where he said on January 20, 1961,“ the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God”3 as well as the “inalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

In the process of going it alone in a manner of speaking, the predecessors of today’s secular humanists discarded George Washington’s warning in his farewell address:

“Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”4

Many current “Christians” have joined the deists and materialists without realizing it.

From the Age of Reason to Today’s Version

The new Enlightenment isn’t being heralded by its followers with the same public fanfare as the previous one. It is like weeds gradually, but decisively, taking over what could have been the Garden of Eden in a fallen earth. And, unlike Locke who believed “the denial of God’s existence would undermine the social order and lead to chaos,”5 the actions of today’s advocates proclaim that belief in God and a judgment day are quaint sentiments which should not interfere with their view of what a progressive society should be.

For example, we have the subtle but potentially devastating change going from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship” as espoused by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. In other words, one may worship all he wants, just confine all practice to church structures. Followers of this aspect of secular humanism work to keep church’s influence behind the scenes.

Resulting Political Philosophy Mislabels “Islamic Terrorists” as Merely “Insurgents”

The diminished respect for timeless morality is swiftly eroding the foundation of a responsible society. The debate on how this impacts sexual morality and business ethics, while very important, is for another time.

The concern for this article centers on the embarrassing lack of response by our U.S. government to the multiplying atrocities committed by the numerous Islamic movements worldwide. This unwillingness to offend any Muslim has prevented our President from publically recognizing that religion is the inspiration for these inhumane acts of violence. It is a belief that religion no longer inspires the “enlightened” and results in political correctness defeating truth.

It is expressed in other ways such as during the most recent National Prayer Breakfast. Our President chastised those who criticize terrorists acting in the name of Islam. He pointed out that many evil deeds had been done by Christians over the centuries in the name of Christ. For starters, he promoted the popular mistaken notion that the Crusades were evil from the start. Those of us who are of the pre-Common Core generation know that the Crusades were not a land-grabbing exercise by the Church, but a response to the Islamic invasions determined to form a worldwide caliphate.6,7,8 The year 1492 is very dear to Spaniards for a reason beyond Columbus’ discovery. That was the year centuries of Moorish (Islamic) occupation of their country were put to an end. Killing to advance Muslim faith has been their trademark since its seventh century origins.9

True, many misdeeds have been done under the umbrella of Christianity during the Crusades and even later with slavery, etc. The difference is that these actions were contrary to Jesus’ message.

Unlike the Muslims inspired by, “And when ye meet those who misbelieve – then striking off heads until you have massacred them, and bind fast the bonds!”10

It IS a War of Religion

Back to the refusal to acknowledge that we’re in a religious war, even as the enemy proclaims it to be. It stems from a clear lack of knowledge of history. An example of this surrounds the date of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Going back a few years and from a book originally written in 1938:

“The last effort they [Muslims] made to destroy Christendom was contemporary with the end of the reign of Charles II in England and of his brother James and of the usurper William III. It failed during the last years of the seventeenth century…Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history – September 11, 1683.”11

This well-known historian wrote later in that same chapter, 77 years ago:

“The final fruit of this tenacity, the second period of Islamic power, may be delayed: – but I doubt whether it can be permanently postponed… Now it is probable enough along these lines – unity under a leader – the return of Islam may arrive. There is no leader as yet, but enthusiasm might bring one and there signs enough in the political heavens today of what we may have to expect from the revolt of Islam at some future date – perhaps not far distant.”12

Mr. President, your dismissal of history is dangerous. Unlike times of economic depression when socialism and communism tend to resurface when it’s all about jobs, we’re in a religious war where the enemy doesn’t care how long it takes. One thousand three hundred ninety-one years and counting.13

1 – from “Enlightenment,” http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment

2 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

3 – from “Chris Cuomo: ‘Our Rights do not come from God,” by Cal Thomas, http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/557987/Chris-Cuomo—Our-rights-do-not-come-from-God-.html?nav=5097, 2/26/2015

4 – quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address, posted in https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/happy-birthday-u-s-a-with-a-word-of-caution/, 7/4/2013

5 — Waldron, Jeremy (2002), God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke’s Political Thought, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-89057-1, as quoted in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

6 – “Pope Urban II called the first Crusade in 1095. A mission to convert, kill, or subdue non-Christians does not seem to have formed any part of his conscious intentions… (quoting the pope) ‘…For as most f you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont… They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire… On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry id promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends.’” From page 119 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003, taken from “Gesta Dei per Francos,” trans. In Oliver J. Thatcher and Edgar Holmes McNeal, editors, A Source Book for Medieval History, New York: Scribners 1905.

7 – “The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Attaturk in 1924.” From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/caliphate

8 – A caliphate is “the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 CE) of the Prophet Muhammad.” From http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/89739/Caliphate

9 – “Muslims rapidly swept through Christian North Africa, home of St. Cyprian of Carthage and St. Augustine of Hippo, and by 711 were in a position to invade Spain. Thus, Christian Europe was beset from both the East and the West. The campaign went well – so well, in fact, that the Muslim commander, Tarik, exceeded his orders and pressed his victorious army forward. When he was upbraided by the North African emir Musa and asked why he had gone so far into Christian Spain in defiance of orders, Tarik replied simply, “To serve Islam.” From page 114 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.

10 – Sura XLVII:4 as translated in page 460 of “The Koran, the Holy Book of Islam with Introduction and Notes, translated by E. H. Palmer; Watkins Publishing, London; first published in 1900, reprinted 2008 and distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York City

11 – from pages 70-71 of “The Great Heresies,” by Hilaire Belloc, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.; Rockford, Illinois; 1991.

12 – from pages 76-77, Ibid.

13 – “In 624, he [Muhammad] began a series of raids on the surrounding tribes and defeated a large force from his own tribe, the Quraysh, at Mecca. Other victorious battles followed…” From pages 43-44 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.

If the Constitution, the Right to Life and Freedom of Religion are Important to You, Then…

…a Republican majority must be elected in the Senate on November 4th.

There is no other alternative. And this comes from someone with no party affiliation.

With a change in the Senate’s majority, we will have both houses of Congress under the watchful eye of those who respect our Constitution. It will be easier to thwart the President from using his infamous pen to do everything from appointing NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) members illegally to unconstitutionally changing laws without the consent of Congress.1,2

The Democratic Party, the current Senate majority, acts as if human pregnancy is a disease which is implied by Obamacare. As such, it rationalizes that human life may be arbitrarily ended at any time before birth under the guise of “reproductive rights” instead of the murder which is actually taking place. This party prides itself on being the champion of the oppressed, yet it is willing to deny the basic freedom of the right to life from which all other freedoms and social programs arise!3

Our nation has also witnessed new lows regarding the basic right of religious freedom during the Obama Administration. At one time, the wisdom of George Washington’s exhortation in his farewell address was self-evident in that “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Now, many are oblivious to the dangerous shift to “freedom of worship,” prominent in the President’s and in Hillary Clinton’s speeches.4 In other words, you can keep your religion, just confine it to the church buildings. Now that’s doubly worrisome.

Obamacare provides an example of this rationale. The act which requires employer-sponsored insurance to cover contraceptives (and abortifacients) has “religious exemptions.” Thus, some are allowed to skip this part – so long as they sign an agreement permitting a third party to implement within their organizations what they find morally objectionable. It’s a classic “we won’t force you to drive your car for the bank robbery, just say you agree to have someone else drive your car for this.” Sure, that’s OK.

We can continue to allow Sen. Harry Reid, or possibly another dutiful disciple of the President in the next Congress, to sit on a pile of legislation passed with bipartisan support and designed to put renewed vigor into our chronically sluggish economy, or we can put a Republican majority in the Senate and dare President Obama to veto what the United States needs.5,6

Thirty-four states will decide thirty-six Senate seats this coming Tuesday. They will choose either “The Pen and a Phone” or the Constitution and the philosophy which formed it.

1 – “Obama Plays Cat and Mouse with Congress and His NLRB Appointments, http://www.cartaremi.wordpress.com, 1/28/2013

2 – “25 Violations of Law By President Obama and His Administration,” http://www.committeeforjustice.org

3 – “The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation (emphasis is in the original:
‘The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin…’
‘The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined…’” – from paragraph 2273 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, 1994 (with imbedded quotations from Donum vitae which were included in the paragraph)

4 – “Why ‘Freedom of Worship’ is Not Enough,” by Ashley E. Samelson, http://www.firstthings.com, 2/22/2010

5 – “Jenkins: 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action,” 7/29/2014, http://www.lynnjenkins.house.gov

6 – “Harry Reid’s Obstructionism,” by Andrew Stiles, 1/14/2014, http://www.nationalreview.com