Christian martyrdom has come to America

By Tom Quiner

Fr. Denis Wilde and five others were arrested for praying in front of the White House.

This will get you arrested ...

He knelt in prayer in front of the White House.

The priest was upset about the Obama Mandate that forces his fellow Catholics to act immorally in the eyes of the Church.

He wanted to do something, but what? Pray. That is what he would do. He would kneel in prayer in front of the White House and pray for the President of the United States.

He was joined by five others.

They knelt quietly, peacefully and prayed for the man that has single-handedly violated their, no, all of our, freedom of religion. That’s what makes Christianity special. The president should not be the target of the hatred and animal rage that characterized the Occupy Wall Street movement. He should be the target of loving prayers.

... this won't.

There would be no drug use.

There would be no profanity.

There would be no public nudity nor sex. They would not use public property as their own public toilet.

No. They would pray with the dignity taught to them by their Lord, Jesus Christ.

And they were arrested.

And they were fined.

It is legal to hold a protest in front of the White House as long as you don’t kneel and pray.

It is interesting to ponder the hordes of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, a crowd revered by the president, Nancy Pelosi, and so many in their party, that were not arrested for their public defecations, their public nudity, their public drug use, their public violence and destruction.

But public prayer in the name of religious freedom in front of Barack Obama’s house earns you an arrest record and a $100 fine.

Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life said of his arrest yesterday:

“Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested. We knew that was the risk when we gathered today, and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith – of every faith – need to do now is stand with us.”

Fr. Frank Pavone is the head of Priests for Life. He gave America a call to action:

“The men arrested today, including our Associate Director, reveal the fact that the response to the unjust Obama mandate cannot be limited to the Courts, the Congress, and the press. It must bring us to the streets of America.”

Father Pavone calls for peaceful civil disobedience:

“Over the years, the other side in this battle has tried to make the public afraid of us by painting us as arrogant, hateful, and violent. In reality, the other side should be afraid precisely because we are humble, peaceful, and prayerful, because therein lies the force that uproots injustice from society.”

The anti Obama Mandate movement is not just a Catholic thing. It is galvanizing support from the faithful everywhere, including best selling author (The Purpose-Drive Life), pastor Rick Warren, who said he would…

“go to jail rather than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do.”

That is what the president is doing in the eyes of the faithful, mandating that we violate what God commands us to do.

The 20th century saw more Christians martyred for their faith than all of the previous centuries combined. Christian martyrdom has come to America under this administration.

It is taking a different form than the violent martyrdoms of the past. Rather, we are witnessing economic martyrdom. Christian employers who disagree with the Obama Mandate can either be fined, forced into bankruptcy, or jailed.

Christians in the workplace who disagree with the Secular Humanism religion being established by the State are required to except the gay lifestyle as healthy and the equivalent of heterosexual marriage. If they don’t, they can either shut up … or be fired.

Barack Obama has ushered in the era of Christian martyrdom in America.


  1. Rhonda on February 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I feel like action is needed and prayer is a good start. But feet on the ground is what we need. Perhaps we should organize a stand-in representation at our State House to protest the arrests of people simply exercising their freedom of religion.

  2. Tom Maly on February 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Not sure i understand what they are charged with!?!?

    • quinersdiner on February 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Lifesite News put it this way: “The six were arrested on a charge of “disobeying a lawful order.” The priest explained that while it is legal to hold protests in front of the White House, protesters are not allowed to remain stationary, including if they kneel down and pray.”

      • Tom Maly on February 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        Thanks Tom. i reckon if it were a 6 or 7 hour deal with people lying on the sidewalk!?!??!

  3. maxine Bechtel on February 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks, Tom, for setting this forth so clearly! YES, We need “feet on the ground, as Rhonda says, ” and our eyes to our Heavenly Father in prayer! the forces of darkness are very powerful, but not as powerful as our Omnipotent God!

  4. irishsignora on February 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Mr. Quiner, thanks for your commentary. I wish some of those whose faces we see on the news claiming to be Catholic could defend our faith as lovingly as you do.