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Christian Conservatives Have No Problem With Lying

My mother receives the American Family Association journal, which comes out once a month. They are known for supporting “traditional family values,” i.e., anti-marriage equality, anti-Obama, anti-Democrat. I decided to read through it and see what kind of articles were in it and that is when I came across an article titled Evidence of Executive Enmity written by…wait for it….David Barton. He tries to make a case that President Obama is against “people of biblical faith.” 

As I read through this I had to laugh at some of the outlandish accusations, outright lies they write, and this was in a two-page article. I have listed a few them below for your entertainment. 

Lie #1: April 2010 — Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer because of complaints from the Muslim community: 

FACT:  The Army has disinvited Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from speaking at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service on May 6 because of his past controversial comments about Islam. In 2001, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham described Islam as evil and said last year that he found it to be “a very violent religion.” Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins confirmed today, that at the Army’s request, the Pentagon Chaplain’s Office had contacted Graham to withdraw the invitation extended to him to be the main speaker at the Pentagon’s observance of the National Day of Prayer.   Speaking of Graham’s past comments, Collins said, “Army leadership became aware of the issue and immediately recognized it was problematic. ” He added, “This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue.”  

Lie #2: April 2009 — Speaking at Georgetown, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.  

FACT:  Georgetown University spokeswoman Julie Green Bataille: In coordinating the logistical arrangements for yesterday’s event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind Gaston Hall stage.  

The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches. Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.  

Lie #3: May 2009 — Obama declines to host services for the National Day of Prayer (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

FACT: This latest claim of President Obama’s alleged hostility to prayer spread quickly after being posted on Facebook in mid-April, and it was still being repeated as the May 6 date approached. It is contradicted by the chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force itself, Shirley Dobson. In an April 17 “update” on the task force’s website, nationaldayofprayer.org, she wrote:

Dobson: I want to emphasize that the 2010 National Day of Prayer will continue as planned… Whether it’s our national observance on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., or the many thousands of gatherings scheduled elsewhere, we will come together on May 6th for what I’m confident will be a powerful time of intercession.  It is our understanding that President Obama will be signing a proclamation again this yea, and we are hopeful that governors and government officials will also do so as they have in the past.   

And indeed, the White House has confirmed (in a brief message transmitted via Twitter) that “[a]s he did last year, President Obama intends to recognize a National Day of Prayer.” The bogus claim that Obama canceled the 2010 event is a warmed-over version of similar false claims that circulated last year. They began when Obama decided in 2009 not to hold a White House Observance in the East Room, as President Bush had done during his administration. Instead Obama issued a presidential proclamation close to the day of the event.

It said in part:   Obama, May 7, 2009: I call upon Americans to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love. Far from being canceled, the 2009 event went on as scheduled. Organizers later said the 58th annual event produced “a greater outpouring of prayer for our nation … than ever before.” 

Here are a few more lies that David Barton and the AFA like to spread about President Obama, and lets not beat around the bush…this is racism, plain and simple! 

June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 

September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”   

November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 

February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.  

FACT:  Thank you to Larry Beck of Woodgatesview.com for providing this information: 

West Point didn’t disinvite Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin. He cancelled the appointment himself after veteran and Muslim groups protested his name on the list Boykin is the religious fanatic that President George W. Bush himself “repudiated … in 2003 for various anti-Muslim comments, including the suggestion that the war against terrorism was a war against Satan.”
Source: Raw Story (http://s.tt/1deUr)

February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).   

April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 

November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 

April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 

November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 

November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving message. 

December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.

Thank you to Larry Beck of Woodgatesview.com for contributing to this post!

Republicans and Catholics Not Satisfied

President Obama came out yesterday with a compromise to the requirement that nonprofit institutions provide contraception coverage. Now employees of religiously affiliated colleges, universities, and hospitals who do not wish to provide birth control can receive contraception coverage at no additional cost directly from the insurer. This seems to be a win for both sides. Catholic run nonprofits get their way and will not have to go against their beliefs and the women who are employed will have access to affordable contraception. 

Not so fast. Republicans and some conservative Catholic groups are not satisfied with this. They are now continuing to use their claim of “religious persecution” to deny women access to preventive health services by proposing an amendment that would permit ANY employer or insurance plan to exclude any health service, no matter how essential, from coverage if they morally object to it. Next week Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is expected to offer the following amendment:     

“(A) FOR HEALTH PLANS. — A health plan shall not be considered to have failed to provide the essential health benefits package described in subsection (a) (or preventive health services described in section 2713 of the Public Health Services Act), to fail to be a qualified health plan, or to fail to fulfill any other requirement under this title on the basis that it declines to provide coverage of specific items or services because — 

“(i) providing coverage (or, in the case of a sponsor of a group health plan, paying for coverage) of such specific items or services is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan; or 

“(ii) such coverage (in the case of individual coverage) is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the purchaser or beneficiary of the coverage

This would allow an insurer or an employer to claim a moral or religious objection to covering HIV/AIDS screenings, Type 2 Diabetes treatments, cancer tests or anything else they deem inappropriate or the result of an unhealthy or immoral lifestyle. Similarly, a health plan could refuse to cover mental health care on the grounds that the plan believes that psychiatric problems should be treated with prayer. 

Today I read an op-ed by Art Caplan where he creates a scenerio which shows just how dangerous it is to let any organization deny health coverage based on their faith or morality. It demonstrates the dangerous game Catholics are playing with a person’s access to healthcare. 

Imagine that the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is based in Brooklyn, NY, creates a printing company that happily employs people from many faiths and cultural backgrounds. The company’s sole task is to print all the Witness literature that its followers distribute door-to-door all over the world. That literature clearly states the Jehovah’s Witnesses adamant opposition to blood transfusion. Then the federal government then issues a national set of minimal standards which all companies operating as public entities must provide as part of the health insurance coverage they offer. 

The Governing Body is outraged because on that list are blood transfusions. They issue a statement accusing the President of trying to crush religious liberty by forcing their printing company, which employs many non-Jehovah’s witnesses, to cover transfusions.  

I must wonder if the above scenario did come to pass would lawmakers come out en masse decrying the overreach of government. How did the imposition of an insurance mandate on companies operating in the public sphere become an act of religious intolerance? Do those who work in Catholic run companies, hospitals, nursing homes or hospices but do not follow the teachings of the Catholic Church have rights? 

With the above amendment being proposed, the type of insurance coverage that would be available to us would be subject to our employers moral and religious beliefs. In essence, our employers would get to decide what healthcare they deem morally appropriate to provide.

Christian Conservatives Spreading Lies — Part 2

The most recent email I received had the subject line “Pastor Removal from Television-This doesn’t surprise me…..” It seems people know no boundaries when spreading these untruths. Here is the what the body of the email said: 

Removal of 20, including Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves.  An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same  subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C. 

Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately  pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America .

They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television  will be stopped..

This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You, as a Christian, can help! We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country.. As Christians, we must unite on this. 

Please don’t take this lightly. We ignored one lady once and lost prayer in our schools and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord. 

Please, if you don’t wish to participate, return this email to whoever sent it to you so they can at least keep this email going or forward it to someone you know who will wish to participate.

Dr. Dobson is going on CNBC to urge every Christian to get involved. I hope you will sign and forward to all your family and friends.. Please press forward, CLEAN UP THE MESSAGE, and forward this to everyone you think should read this…..

Now, please sign your name at the bottom (you can only add your name after you have pressed ‘Forward’ or you have copied and pasted the text). Don’t delete any other names, just go to the next number and type your name.

Please do not sign jointly, such as Mr. & Mrs., each person should sign his/her own name. Please defeat this organization and keep the light of our freedom of religion.   When you get to 1,000 please e-mail back to: (deleted this person’s email address) 

I chose to respond to all that were passing this complete false rhetoric with the following: 

Petition to Stop the Removal of Religious Services and Teachers From Airwaves —- Fiction! 

According to the Federal Communications web site, petition RM-2493, was filed in December of 1974.  There have been different versions of this lying forwarded email:  

This false rumor began in February 2008 saying specific preacher’s programs were being targeted for removal: Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and others —- sound familiar? 

In November 2008 another false rumor stating our President, Barack Obama, was the driving force behind banning religious programming from airwaves —– lets not forget all of the blatantly false rumors spread via email stating he was a non-Christian, a Muslim, intended to turn America into Islamic theocracy, a socialist, the anti-Christ —- all lies based in racism spread by God-fearing Christians (with these kind of sins, they should fear God).  

Here is a Christian website — Public Christian: Christian morality in politics & public life, coming out against people who spread email lies – It’s Not a Christian Thing To Do http://www.publicchristian.com/?p=707 

Another false rumor in December 2005 about “Removing Christmas” saying a group was trying to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from schools.   

New versions have appeared over the years naming popular religious leaders and teachers in an attempt to freshen the myth up. There is even a Roman Catholic version warning that the Mass is being removed from Catholic TV Network EWTN. 

The Truth:  This eRumor is Fiction and is a variation of an old myth that dates back to 1975 about self-proclaimed atheist Madeline Murray O’Hair trying to remove religious content from the airwaves.