James Dobson, one of America’s best-known Christian personalities, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk Radio, a courtroom opponent of Obamacare and, most recently, the National Day of Prayer speaker who called Barack Obama the “abortion president,” is doubling down.
Obama is “the anti-religious freedom president,” Dobson writes in a newsletter to constituents.
He begins by citing atheist activist Mikey Weinstein’s condemnations of Christianity and his court challenges. But Dobson says Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, isn’t the biggest danger to religious believers in America.
“Weinstein, for all his bluster, is not the primary threat to the free expression of religion. Despite the pandering he receives from the mainstream media, the greater danger is posed by our federal government,” Dobson warns.
The federal government, he says, “seeks to limit or weaken religious liberty and to ‘fundamentally transform’ this great nation.”
“That was an oft-quoted campaign slogan by candidate Barack Obama during his presidential bid in 2008. We now know what he meant by it,” Dobson writes.
“Among other things, he was targeting religious freedom and set about accomplishing that from the beginning. That was the activity to which I objected strenuously during my comments in Washington. I offer no apologies for expressing those views now. The effort to force Christians to violate their consciences must be opposed with all vigor, regardless of the consequences – primarily because it is unconstitutional. Christians are being chastised, dismissed, harangued and sued for daring to practice their deeply held convictions in the public square. Family Talk is among those who have been pressed against a wall,” he writes.
WND reported when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer that hundreds stood and cheered his condemnation of the government’s ongoing attempts through Obamacare to require Christians to participate in something that profoundly violates their faith – abortion.
Dobson, through his Family Talk, had fought the Obamacare requirement that employers must pay for abortion-causing agents for their employees. A federal judge has granted him a preliminary injunction that prevents the application of that portion of the law.
Dobson at that time bluntly backed up his opinion.
“[Obama] has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion,” he said, citing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds that already go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion industry player.
He implored attendees to “keep fighting.”
“We can win. And keep praying because that’s what really made a difference here.”
“During my remarks to the NDOP audience, I quoted something I had written in 2012, which expressed my determination not to be dragged into the bloody business of abortion. President Obama had announced that year through his HHS operatives that every person receiving health insurance would have to pay $12 per year to the government, for allocation to abortion clinics. That was unacceptable to us under any circumstances. I called Barack Obama ‘the abortion president’ that day, which is a role he deliberately crafted for himself,” Dobson writes.
He points to Obama’s 2014-2015 budget request of $286 million for Planned Parenthood “and other abortion enterprises. ”
“And do you recall that in the campaign of 2008, the president bragged about having voted 100 percent with the National Abortion Rights Action League? He was proud of it.
“How can anyone challenge my characterization of Mr. Obama as ‘the abortion president? … He even voted three times in the Illinois state senate not to protect babies who were born alive after surviving botched abortions.”
Dobson recites his pledge, made when the fight over abortion funding was launched by Obama.
“To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion. It would be a violation of my most deeply held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in Scripture. The Creator will not hold us guiltless if we turn a deaf ear to the cries of His innocent babies. So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation. ”
It was a message, he says, the nation needs to hear at a day of prayer event. And he notes he wasn’t even the first.
“A diminutive nun named Mother Teresa was the principal speaker [in 1994],” he said. “We could hardly see her standing behind the podium, located in the center of the platform. This quiet woman took on the U.S. government and the entire abortion movement. She said, ‘Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child . . . Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted.’”
Dobson recalled: “Three thousand people stood and cheered as tears streamed down the faces of many in attendance. President and Mrs. Clinton were sitting on Mother Teresa’s right. They looked embarrassed and sullenly sat with their heads down. On the speaker’s left, Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore also sat awkwardly. The little nun finished her remarks and sat down to thunderous applause. ”
No one then chastised Mother Teresa for condemning abortion, he says.
“Then last year, Dr. Ben Carson gave his own impassioned speech at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. It was brilliant and has now been seen by over four million people online. Drawing from four Scripture passages and from our nation’s early history, he said: ‘Why is it so important that we educate our people? Because we don’t want to go down the pathway as so many pinnacle nations that have preceded us. I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading.’”
It then was the Obamas who “sat in awkward silence.”
“Was it inappropriate for Dr. Carson to speak boldly for righteousness at a prayer event? Of course not. And it was not inappropriate for me to speak candidly at the 2014 National Day of Prayer. More than 56 million babies have died by abortion in our land, and yet our president is trying to coerce Christians to join in the killing,” Dobson writes.
“For us, the path you and I must follow is also clear, even if we are threatened by powerful people. If we live, we live, and if we die, we die. We will render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but in no wise will we render unto Caesar that which belongs to God. Every baby, born and unborn, is His and they deserve our love and protection.”
He cites Abraham Lincoln’s March 6, 1860, speech about a wrong – slavery.
“There is no place where you will even allow it to be even called wrong. We must not call it wrong in the Free States, because it is not there, and we must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion; we must not bring it into the Tract Society or the other societies, because those are such unsuitable places, and there is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong,” Lincoln said.
Dobson says there is “a tragic similarity between the horrors of slavery and the murder of infants.”
“Both have deprived human beings of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ What Lincoln said about the first is what I would say about the second.”
He says attorneys who reviewed Obama’s actual health care takeover plan “verified that those who buy health insurance are required by Obamacare regulations to pay the hidden premium [for abortion].’”
“Our investigation also revealed that, depending on the circumstances, the Affordable Care Act regulations sometimes require the government (i.e., you, the taxpayers) to pay for abortifacients; sometimes require individuals to pay for surgical abortions, and as we know, require employers to pay for abortifacients. This is the true color of ‘pro-choice.’
“Now do you believe that Barack Obama is ‘the abortion president?’” he writes. “He is also ‘the anti-religious freedom president.’”
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