By Tom Quiner
The world is focused on the president’s State of the Union address last night.
This speech came the day after hundreds of thousands people marched and prayed for the dignity of human life right in his own backyard.
The president ignored this March for Life.
So did the New York Times.
So did the Des Moines Register.
The president has made a tactical error that may cost him his re-election bid. He has totally turned his back on the state of human dignity.
His executive edict last week that Catholic and all faith-based organizations provide abortion pills, sterilization, and contraception forces even social justice Catholics to rethink this man.
He has brazenly told the Church to get over her love affair with the fetus.
He has told her to get over her love affair with religious liberty.
He is saying: get over it, or go away.
Mr. Obama may do something even the Catholic Church didn’t think possible: unite Catholics.
You see, Mr. Obama doesn’t buy the line used by many social justice Catholics that “although I am personally against abortion, I can’t impose my religion on anyone else.”
The president is very comfortable imposing his secular humanistic religion on all of us, including the Catholic Church and all of its myriad hospitals, universities, and charities.
Bow at the altar of my religion where abortion is a fundamental right, says the president, or prepare to shut your doors.
Mr. Obama has no tolerance for dissent on this issue. Do it his way or cease to be.
Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston was stunned:
“Never before in our US History has the Federal Government forced citizens to directly purchase what violates our beliefs. At issue here as our President of the Conference stated it this past Friday, is the survival of a cornerstone constitutionally protected freedom that ensures respect for conscience and religious liberty.”
It is going to be very, very difficult for even the most liberal Catholic to pull the lever for Barack Obama in the November elections with his direct assault on our religious freedoms.
Pope Benedict XVI issued us a warning:
“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.”
Some social justice Catholics are primarily concerned with the consequence of war. God bless them. Their ministry is vital. But we’ve aborted 53 million babies in this country. We’ve lost more people to abortion than war. In fact, we have a war taking place right here at our doorstep. It’s the war for the mother’s womb.
As Mother Teresa suggests, peace begins in the womb.
Here’s where we’re at. Mr. Obama won 54% of the Catholic vote in the 2008 election. However, they swung to the Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections. The Associated Press said 58% of Catholics voted for Republicans just fifteen months ago.
And now, with the president’s newest assault on the state of human dignity, he is going to hard-pressed to win the vote.
Let us hope.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that the Catholic vote sent Barack Obama packing!
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