Thursday, March 8, 2012

President Obama's Hostility Towards Judeo-Christian Faiths

David Barton, a brilliant historian with nearly encyclopedic knowledge of America’s history, has done a comprehensive job of compiling a list of facts that demonstrates President Obama's predilection of apathy at best, and hostility at worst, towards Judeo-Christian faiths.  Many of our friends on the left decry how the right denigrates President Obama as not being a Christian, despite the president’s claims to the contrary.  While most politically aware folks will recall many of these following statements and deeds for which the Obama administration is responsible over the preceding years, seeing them all categorized in such a devastating and long list sure makes it understandable why many folks have suspicions as to whether President Obama really is a Christian as he professes.

Now I don’t particularly care if the president is of the Christian faith or not.  I do care though when he violates federal laws in open hostility towards biblically based faiths.  I do care when he issues mandates that are an unambiguous violation of our first amendment Constitutional rights.  I do care when he seemingly is quite deferential towards one faith (Islam) over others.  Anyway, I challenge you to read the following list that Mr. Barton has compiled and see if you can objectively still claim that our president is a defender of religious freedoms for ALL Americans.  You can also read this list with footnotes at WallBuilders.com

1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
  • 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 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, 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 studiously 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.
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
  • 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).
  • 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 disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) 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.
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
  • January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.
  • January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
  • March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.
  • March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
  • March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
  • May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions.  He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.
  • May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities.
  • July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
  • September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”
  • July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion.
  • August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.
  • September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
  • February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
  • March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls.
  • July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.
  • September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
  • October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
  • 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 disinvited 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 speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity.
  • 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.
  • 2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
  • 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.

19 comments:

The Heathen Republican said...

That's a very long indictment.

Just the Facts! said...

H.R.
It has been a VERY long 3 years, 3 months.

Welcome back Mr. Paine!

General Urko said...

The problem is this is probably going to keep going into 2016 as the Republicans are working on picking Obama Lite as their candidate. His name is Mitt Romney and he can't beat Obama acting like a Democrat. The only way to defeat Obama is to show a clear difference and that man is Ron Paul. The rest are Big Government Republicans a.k.a. Bush Republicans and they can't beat Obama.

T. Paine said...

H.R., yes, it is a very long foot-noted and accurate indictment indeed, my friend!

JTF, Thanks for the sentiments, although I do not have the time nor energy to be anywhere near as prolific as I used to be. I will post on occasion and drop by some old haunts to stir up hate & discontent with our progressive friends, while supporting our like-minded fellow travelers periodically though. Glad that you have kept our buddy Dubya in line during my absence, sir! :)

General, as you and I have discussed multiple times in the past, I share your general disdain for each of the GOP candidates. They each have serious flaws. Ron Paul would be absolutely brilliant if he wasn’t such an isolationist with his foreign policy. His rhetoric of “America is wrong and at fault around the world” sounds like it could have been written by the Obama State Department. As terrific as a President Paul would be for the economy and domestic agenda, his foolishness and naivety on foreign policy makes him way too dangerous to hold that office. If Paul had more traditional conservative views on foreign policy, the election would already be over for Obama, I suspect.

I do agree that Romney is almost certainly going to be the GOP nominee. If I knew nothing about Romney’s past, I would think that he was a wonderful conservative candidate. The fact that he has changed positions on so many core issues when it seemed to be politically expedient to do so worries me horribly. I will not vote for him in the primary accordingly. That said, when he is chosen as the nominee, I will vote for him in the general election because the reality is that despite Romney’s flaws he is indeed demonstrably better than the Saul Alinsky radical we currently have as our president.

Can Romney beat Obama? Considering I am still amazed that so many people voted for this man with no experience, questionable character, and dubious background on so many unsettling issues, I am still uncertain how Obama got to be president last time. I think there are millions of Americans that now see what we politically aware folks suspected would happen when he was first elected. Obama’s base, particularly with the younger crowds will be seriously diminished this time. With Obama’s horrible record on nearly every last item from economic policy to foreign policy, to constitutional governance, he gets a “F”. If people are even remotely aware, even a flawed GOP candidate like Romney should have a Reaganesque landslide victory over Obama. The only way this can be thwarted are if enough conservatives and libertarians want to “teach the GOP a lesson” about their establishment RINO nominee and decide to not vote for Romney or stay home altogether in the general election.

If that happens Obama will win again. He and the Marxist Democrats will take that as a mandate to rapidly dismantle the rest of our Constitutional government and all vestiges of capitalism. Obamacare will not be repealed, constitutional violations will continue to mount and left unchecked, our taxes and cost of living will continue to sky-rocket, and we will have more progressives assigned to the Supreme Court to ensure that the dismantling of America is complete. Yep, that will teach the GOP establishment! Of course by then, it won’t matter because America’s death will already be history.

John Myste said...

Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like them.”


I don’ t know the context, as you did not provide it, but this is largely true of most denominations. Observation is not hostility.


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.


You mean against the Christian religious faith right? That is what we are talking about, is it not? Did you mistakenly include something that has nothing to do with Christianity, per se? That would be a shame.



When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech.


Opps. Jesus is a holy Messiah in both Islam and Christianity. It looks this bullet refutes your thesis also.



Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.


The federal law does not require that Obama host this. This is not hostility toward Christianity. Didn’t you just yap about how much the First Amendment means to you a few lines down?


In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.

Obama’s position or feelings about abortion has nothing to do with his Christianity. Tons of Christians are not pro-life. Therefore, this has nothing to do with Christianity. Stop making things up.

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.


So, if Obama does not believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, then he cannot be a Christian. Come to think of it, the same thing applies to Catholics. Hmm.


Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.

I guess Bush was not a Christian either, since he could not even quote speeches he was reading accurately.


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.


OK, I give up at this point. Clearly whoever compiled this list was not sincere. He was just trying to prove something he needed people to believe and he did lots of research and then tried to trick people into finding his list relevant or persuasive. It is so silly that even The Heathen Republican was hesitant to endorse it.


I did not read the entire list, because the first several bullet points were compiled with intentional deception in mind. I suggest you look up the “No True Scotsman Fallacy.”

S.W. Anderson said...

Footnoted and accurate? Give me a break. First thing I checked out turns out to be pure horsepucky.

The following, concerning the National Day of Prayer, is from Snopes.com.

The United States has observed many unofficial national
days of prayer throughout its history until 1952, when President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer ("on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals"). This bill did not establish a specific calendar date for the event, but left it up to each president to designate a date of his choosing. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan fixed the date of the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday of May.

In 2009 and again in 2010, items were circulated claiming that President Barack Obama had "cancelled" that year's National Day of Prayer. These claims were false and were based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the National Day of Prayer and the role of the President of the United States in its observation.

There is no official ceremony (presidential or otherwise) prescribed for the observance of the National Day of Prayer — it is a day on which the people of the U.S. are called upon "to turn to God in prayer and meditation," however they choose to do so. President Obama opted to issue the traditional proclamation designating the National Day of Prayer in 2009 (as he did again in 2010 and again in 2011), and observe the occasion with private prayer:

"Prayer is something that the president does every day," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Adding that Obama would sign a proclamation to recognize the day. "I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family's life, the role that prayer plays. And I would denote that the administrations prior to the past one did proclamations. That's the way the president will publicly observe the national prayer day. But, as I said, privately, he'll pray as he does every day."

Claiming that the National Day of Prayer was "cancelled" because a president opted not to hold a public prayer ceremony is therefore akin to claiming that Independence Day was "cancelled" if a president opted not to attend a fireworks show on the 4th of July.

S.W. Anderson said...

Rather than correct your collection of unverified "facts" that turn out to be right-wing noise machine-generated lies and distortions, I offer President Obama's own thoughts.

From Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 4, 2010

Through faith, but not through faith alone, we can unite people to serve the common good. And that's why my Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has been working so hard since I announced it here last year. We've slashed red tape and built effective partnerships on a range of uses, from promoting fatherhood here at home to spearheading interfaith cooperation abroad. And through that office we've turned the faith-based initiative around to find common ground among people of all beliefs, allowing them to make an impact in a way that's civil and respectful of difference and focused on what matters most.

It is this spirit of civility that we are called to take up when we leave here today. That's what I'm praying for. I know in difficult times like these -- when people are frustrated, when pundits start shouting and politicians start calling each other names -- it can seem like a return to civility is not possible, like the very idea is a relic of some bygone era. The word itself seems quaint -- civility.

But let us remember those who came before; those who believed in the brotherhood of man even when such a faith was tested. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King. Not long after an explosion ripped through his front porch, his wife and infant daughter inside, he rose to that pulpit in Montgomery and said, "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

In the eyes of those who denied his humanity, he saw the face of God.

Remember Abraham Lincoln. On the eve of the Civil War, with states seceding and forces gathering, with a nation divided half slave and half free, he rose to deliver his first Inaugural and said, "We are not enemies, but friends… Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."

Even in the eyes of confederate soldiers, he saw the face of God.

Remember William Wilberforce, whose Christian faith led him to seek slavery's abolition in Britain; he was vilified, derided, attacked; but he called for "lessening prejudices [and] conciliating good-will, and thereby making way for the less obstructed progress of truth."

In the eyes of those who sought to silence a nation's conscience, he saw the face of God.

Yes, there are crimes of conscience that call us to action. Yes, there are causes that move our hearts and offenses that stir our souls. But progress doesn't come when we demonize opponents. It's not born in righteous spite. Progress comes when we open our hearts, when we extend our hands, when we recognize our common humanity. Progress comes when we look into the eyes of another and see the face of God. That we might do so -- that we will do so all the time, not just some of the time -- is my fervent prayer for our nation and the world.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

S.W. Anderson said...

I can't resist commenting on this distinction with a difference, and how propagandists hijack words and the language for their own deceitful ends.

"In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican . . ."

Deceit resides in the term "pro-abortion." As in, anyone who doesn't militate against abortion, no matter the circumstances, is pro-abortion.

That on its face is faulty logic. I am against killing. However, if the U.S. were to be invaded by terrorist bands with mass murder on their agenda, would I be against killing the terrorists? Of course not. So, is being against killing synonymous with being a doctrinaire pacifist? Of course not. Circumstances alter cases.

But the term "pro-abortion" is used to promote a belief that anyone who's not fanatically opposed to all abortions, no matter the circumstances, promotes abortion as an easy thing, a good thing.

BTW, Paine, I wonder what your reaction would be if a news story were to come out saying that while it took more than a year to arrange, President Obama finally came up with an ambassador nominee for Saudi Arabia — a convert to Islam who had never ever tasted alcohol. Would you laud the president's sensitivity to the religious beliefs of the country he was assigning the ambassador to? Or, would you claim Obama was kow-towing to the Saudis in an unseemly and unnecessary way?

T. Paine said...

Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like them.”

Myste: I don’ t know the context, as you did not provide it, but this is largely true of most denominations. Observation is not hostility.

Paine: He said it in the context of a political fundraiser in San Francisco. It was his answer to a question of why some people did not like him. The statement came off as him trying to fit in with the “enlightened” crowd to whom he was addressing while denigrating those “hicks” that didn’t have the sense to see all of the good he was doing. It was Obama that referenced religion; not the original questioner.


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.

Myste: You mean against the Christian religious faith right? That is what we are talking about, is it not? Did you mistakenly include something that has nothing to do with Christianity, per se? That would be a shame.

Paine: Mr. Myste, Catholicism and many Protestant faiths still support the biblically taught fundamental of the sanctity of life. Only to the left does this become a political issue. It is a matter of conscience for us. President Obama’s seeming apathy, bordering on hostility, towards such conscience clauses shows that he thinks very little of biblically-based faiths.


When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech.

Myste: Opps. Jesus is a holy Messiah in both Islam and Christianity. It looks this bullet refutes your thesis also.

Paine: Absolutely wrong, John. Jesus is a prophet in Islam. He is not the Messiah. Further, in context of today’s world, radical Islam does not honor the “prophet Jesus”. This was a political calculation on Obama’s behalf once again. It was an affront to the university in order to not be “offensive” to others.

T. Paine said...

Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

Myste: The federal law does not require that Obama host this. This is not hostility toward Christianity. Didn’t you just yap about how much the First Amendment means to you a few lines down?

Paine: You are correct that the law does not require the President to host this, but nonetheless every president has done so out of respect for the culture and heritage of our nation, up until President Obama came into office anyway. He absolutely has a right not to host this, but the fact that he held dinners in observance of Islamic holidays as documented further in the posting which you did not fully read strikes me as another accurate portrayal of his hostility to traditional Jude-Christian faiths.


In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.

Myste: Obama’s position or feelings about abortion has nothing to do with his Christianity. Tons of Christians are not pro-life. Therefore, this has nothing to do with Christianity. Stop making things up.

Paine: Again, I will refer you to my above statement regarding the biblically-taught concept of the sanctity of life. The fact that some Christian faiths no longer support this is more of an indictment on their lack of following scripture than on the topic not being “Christian”. Further, it is obvious that the Vatican is very much pro-life in its stance. Sending pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican would be akin to sending an orthodox Jew as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Obama did this intentionally and with disrespect.


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.

Myste: So, if Obama does not believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, then he cannot be a Christian. Come to think of it, the same thing applies to Catholics. Hmm.

Paine: I am missing your point in this non-sequiter. Why would one deliberately omit a reference to God when quoting that section of the Declaration of Independence, unless there was an aversion to doing so?


Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.

Myste: I guess Bush was not a Christian either, since he could not even quote speeches he was reading accurately.

Paine: Your arguments are getting weaker as you go. You can do better here, Mr. Myste.

Myste: I did not read the entire list, because the first several bullet points were compiled with intentional deception in mind. I suggest you look up the “No True Scotsman Fallacy.”

Paine: Your arguments were either silly, irrelevant, or at best non-persuasive. I stand by the article accordingly.

T. Paine said...

Anderson said, “Footnoted and accurate? Give me a break. First thing I checked out turns out to be pure horsepucky.

The following, concerning the National Day of Prayer, is from Snopes.com…”

Mr. Anderson, I will reiterate my response I provided to John Myste on this same topic: You are correct that the law does not require the President to host this, but nonetheless every president has done so out of respect for the culture and heritage of our nation, up until President Obama came into office anyway. He absolutely has a right not to host this, but the fact that he held dinners in observance of Islamic holidays as documented further in the posting did not fully strikes me as another accurate portrayal of his hostility to traditional Jude-Christian faiths.

T. Paine said...

Anderson states, “Rather than correct your collection of unverified "facts" that turn out to be right-wing noise machine-generated lies and distortions, I offer President Obama's own thoughts.”

Yes, Mr. Anderson. I assume any attempt at your correction of these “unverified facts” would be about as devastating to the truth as Mr. Myste’s sad attempt to do so. The fact that your rebuttal includes the soaring rhetoric and lofty words from our president is hardly an indictment as to the veracity of anything written in my footnoted facts. Further, I noticed in the president’s speech that you quoted that there was a glaring lack of specifics regarding what President Obama had done to facilitate “civility” and improving interfaith cooperation abroad. Perhaps Obama is referring to his bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. Can you please help me out with specifics of what he has done to foster these things, sir?

T. Paine said...

Anderson: I can't resist commenting on this distinction with a difference, and how propagandists hijack words and the language for their own deceitful ends.

Fact: "In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican . . ."

Anderson: Deceit resides in the term "pro-abortion." As in, anyone who doesn't militate against abortion, no matter the circumstances, is pro-abortion.

Paine: Really? This is your argument and the hill upon which you choose to die? This isn’t a question of whether someone is for or against a 55 mph speed limit on federal highways. It most certainly is of primary importance to the Vatican. You are disingenuously playing a game of moral relativity and semantics, Mr. Anderson.

Anderson: BTW, Paine, I wonder what your reaction would be if a news story were to come out saying that while it took more than a year to arrange, President Obama finally came up with an ambassador nominee for Saudi Arabia — a convert to Islam who had never ever tasted alcohol. Would you laud the president's sensitivity to the religious beliefs of the country he was assigning the ambassador to? Or, would you claim Obama was kow-towing to the Saudis in an unseemly and unnecessary way?

Paine: No I would not criticize the nominee but rather the length of time it took to find such a person. That said, using Obama’s example of disrespect shown towards the Vatican, if he were to nominate an orthodox Jew or the former CEO of Anheiser Busch to be the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, it would be nearly the same thing.

S.W. Anderson said...

Here's part of another item for your list, to provide some much-needed balance. It's from the L.A. Times.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau

March 17, 2012

"Reporting from Washington -- The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow a 43-foot-tall cross that serves as a war memorial to remain atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego, arguing that the cross has been there since 1954 and is not an endorsement of religion.

"The government should not be required 'to tear down a cross that has stood without incident for 58 years as a highly venerated memorial to the nation's fallen service members,' Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in a new appeal to the high court.

"He urged the justices to reverse a decision last year by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that said the cross was primarily a Christian symbol and therefore unconstitutional."

Dave Dubya said...

If I embrace this post with the certainty of those with faith in fundamentalist, far-Right neo “conservatism”, then I welcome the beliefs that Obama is obviously a Muslim Communist who hates Christians and everything America stands for. And as such, I must also consider the very real possibility that Obama is sent by Satan to serve as his anti-Christ.

While I’m now certain that my beliefs are Godly and correct, this faith also makes me very frightened and angry.

I also see nothing within this post to allay my anger and fear accompanying my new faith.

I must therefore consider a vote for Republicans as a vote for God. What more can I do? I obviously cannot love my neighbor if he votes for Democrats, now can I? They are satanic enemies of all I hold true and dear.

I guess that’s all I need to know for my new faith in fundamentalist, far-Right neo “conservatism”.

CONSVLTVS said...

I suppose many politicians pretend to be religious because they think they can't be elected otherwise. You would think, though, that a poseur would be more careful not to tip his hand.

Broken Girl said...

Sir, I knew Obama was very hostile when it came to religion but I didn't know that he did so many severe things. I am disgusted that our president would be so inconsiderate and hateful. I am grateful that you are writing the real fact of what is going on in this world and will be a strong follower of your blog.

Peace be with you.

T. Paine said...

Mr. Anderson, you provide one solitary example to stand against 50 documented occasions to the contrary and think that “balances” President Obama’s position on the matter? That said, it is indeed an instance that is contrary to his normal track record. Let’s ask ourselves a question. When one does something that is contrary to one’s track record on nearly every other occasion, why would that be? What is the interest in this one situation. Since a politician is involved, it is always a good idea to follow the money. I would be willing to bet you that if a detailed investigation into this one contrary incident was conducted, you would find a powerful Obama supporter or significant campaign contributor that asked for this cross to be the exception to the normal Obama administration rule. Regardless, some reason exists that helps Obama in the long run in this one case, otherwise he would have handled this situation precisely as he has done with all of the other incidents involving Biblical religions.

Mitch said...

David Barton is not a "brilliant historian." He is widely considered, among LEGITIMATE historians, to be a revisionist pseudoscholar who takes the quick and easy route to unsubstantiated conclusions that fit his own political views. This is not how serious historians work. His last book, about Thomas Jefferson, was pulled by the publisher because it contained errors of fact.
I have been fact-checking the claims on the above list after it was sent to me by a relative. Of the items I have checked so far, NOT ONE was 100% true as written; all have contained outright falsehoods, distortions, omissions of important context, half-truths, errors or exaggerations. Saving common sense? Really? Dislike the president if you like, but do it based on reality-based facts, not nonsense like Barton's list. Think for yourself, people, and learn to recognize BULL when you see it.