By Tom Quiner
“Catholics are imposing their religion on others!’ is the cry from the Left.
They have repositioned President Obama’s imposition of the HHS Mandate on Catholics as if it is Catholics doing the imposing.
I quoted a local critic of my recent post (“Don’t impose your religion on me!”) as follows:
“So by you demanding that Obama follow the tenets of the Catholic church, you are taking away the religious rights of other Christians and the rights of those who do not believe in the Christian God. I do not want my government telling me which theology to follow.”
The same folks so critical of the Catholic Church are the same ones who jumped to the defense of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who said he would block Chick-Fil-A from opening stores in Chicago because their CEO, Dan Cathy, believes in traditional marriage.
Got that? A man practicing his Christian faith, says he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and the most powerful man in Chicago says you’re not welcome in our town:
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” said Mayor Emmanuel. “They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”
Make that the Left’s values.
Mayor Emmanuel took some heat for his insistence that Chick-fil-A be banned from this major market. He emphasized just today that he has “no regrets” for staking out his unyielding stance against orthodox Christians.
In other words, he has no regrets for imposing his values on a whole class of people who have been left with a stark choice: violate their religious consciences and bow to Mr. Emmanuel’s secular humanism religion, or else suffer economic martyrdom.
Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George commented today:
“I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.”
And yet this is the tyranny being imposed on us by Barack Obama, Rahm Emmanuel, and their minions on the Left. This is why the biggest issue of this election is not economic, it is religious.
When our religious freedoms are gone, America is gone.
Why else was this country formed?
Why else did so many brave men and women die for this country? I can tell you it wasn’t so men could marry men. It was so men could freely practice their religion.
This November, a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for religious intolerance.