On Sunday, Catholic clergy across the nation called for the faithful to write, email, and call their political representatives to let them know how the Obama administration is trampling upon long-standing religious freedoms in America. Other religious leaders outside of the Catholic Church are lending their support of this cause as well. Has Barack Obama’s arrogance and Big Government ideals re-awakened the country’s righteous indignation?
The battle lines are now being drawn – on one side are the progressive liberals that permeate both the Obama administration and the Democratic Party leadership. Nancy Pelosi has described the forced contraception issue a “very courageous decision” while conservative political hopeful George Demos of New York declared the Obama administration’s attempts to mandate forced abortion drugs upon Catholic healthcare institutions “…an outrageous violation of their religious freedom.”
Since 2008, Catholic voters have steadily turned against the Obama administration and Democratic Party, and were pivotal in voting out Democrats during the 2010 Midterm Election that saw Republicans win a decisive victory in re-taking the House of Representatives. The forced contraception issue is now aligning the Catholic Church with other religious organizations – all sharing a common goal of fighting back against the imperial nature that has marked the Obama White House since its inception.
Dr. Albert Mohler, among the most influential Protestant leaders in the country stated what the Obama administration is doing “is not only a Catholic issue” – indicating the very principle of religious freedom is being threatened. “Evangelicals need to stand back and – in our own terms, on our own doctrine – understand that our religious liberty is being similarly subverted and attacked.”
Mohler went on to voice strong support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 - pending legislation introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, himself a devoted Catholic. Senator Rubio has described the bill as “A commonsense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”
A coalition of nearly 70 religious leaders, including members of the Orthodox Jewish community , submitted a letter of protest regarding the forced contraception policy to President Obama, stating that “religious organizations beyond the Catholic community have deep moral objections.”
While the economy will remain at the forefront of voter motivations heading into the November elections, Barack Obama’s politically misguided over-reach of federal authority that now places him directly against so many Americans of faith will likely make 2012 an election of righteous indignation as well – something that will not favor Democrats – namely one Barack Hussein Obama.