By Mike McManus
President Obama says he is a Christian, and I’d like to believe him. Yet he often shows far more sympathy to Islam than to Christianity, which is puzzling.
During the 2008 campaign, Obama was overheard criticizing Christians who “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”
In 2009 he discontinued hosting the National Day of Prayer, but does host White House dinners in honor of Ramadan. In fact, Franklin Graham, the Christian activist son of Billy Graham, was disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer in 2010.
In 2010 Obama spoke out on multiple occasions in favor of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while he remained silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that site.
His White House avoids traditional biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays such as Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
In 2009 Obama announced plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs.
When he spoke at Georgetown University, he insisted that a crucifix be covered up. (Why did this historic Catholic institution agree to it?)
In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican – all of whom were subsequently rejected by the pro-life Vatican.
On seven occasions, in reciting the Declaration of Independence, the president omitted the phrase “endowed by their Creator.” Here is what he should have said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …”
I saw one of these speeches. After Obama said men “are created equal,” he paused for a long time, scowled, blinked and added: “Endowed with certain inalienable (sic) rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The most important achievement of the American Revolution was the insistence of the founders that God is the giver of rights – not the state. What the state grants, it can take away. The Soviet Constitution includes a grand tribute to human liberty, but declared the state was the origin of individual rights. Result: Russia suppresses freedom.
By declaring God to be the origin of rights, the founders deliberately gave government a subordinate role. President Obama is the first president in American history not to acknowledge that all rights stem from God. One omission might have been inadvertent but not seven of them.
After a federal law was passed to transfer a World War I Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand. However, the Obama administration has refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, or to permit the cross to be re-erected, as ordered by the Court.
The administration is forcing Catholic universities and archdioceses to offer free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, though that violates their religious beliefs. Even Baptist colleges have joined Catholics in suing for religious freedom.
The administration says that churches are exempted, but not Catholic hospitals, which operate a sixth of America’s hospital beds.
Cardinal Wuerl of Washington asserted, “For Catholics, the practice of faith has always required not just acts of worship, but also – necessarily – loving charitable service to others. … Jesus Christ taught that obeying the first great commandment – loving God – must impel us to fulfill the second great commandment – loving our neighbors as ourselves.”
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, put the issue trenchantly: “This is a debate about coercion, not Catholics; conscience, not contraceptive; and freedom, not fertility.”
On the anniversary of 9/11 the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was destroyed by mortars, killing the U.S. ambassador and others. The president asserted in Monday’s debate that one day later he called this “an act of terror.” However, Romney correctly disputed that assertion, noting that five days later, our U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, went on talk shows declaring this was a “spontaneous” uprising sparked by an anti-Muslim video, as did Obama at the U.N. two weeks after Benghazi.
Obama took umbrage that “anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president.”
Nonsense. That is exactly what he was doing. For years, Obama’s administration has removed all terms that are offensive to Muslims, including jihad, terrorists or radical Islamists.
For 30 years Obama has worn a ring inscribed with the words, “There is no God but Allah.”
Apparently, that’s where his loyalty lies.
Michael J. McManus is president of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist.