“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
When attaching their names to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Founding Fathers acknowledged the truth that rights come from God, not government: we are endowed by our Creator, not our leaders, with unalienable rights that cannot be taken away by man. However, we’re living in a time during which leaders—especially our current President—seek to replace God with government, and to remove almost all mention of God and religion from the public sphere.
In her new book, No Higher Power, Phyllis Schlafly discusses, in a clear and concise manner that only she can, the Obama administration’s unprecedented hostility towards God and religion in general. For the sake of political correctness and secularity, this administration has worked to purge religious speech and symbols from public areas, insinuating that religious expression is offensive if it’s not kept within the closed doors of a church or synagogue.
In No Higher Power, Schlafly details some of the more disturbing—but lesser known—instances of the administration’s religious hostility that you probably didn’t hear much about from the mainstream media:
Numerous times, President Obama has omitted the word Creator when quoting the phrase of the Declaration of Independence that I quoted above. This is a recurring event; it makes one doubt that the President believes in the fact that the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are God-given, not government issued.
When campaigning in California in 2008, Obama insulted religious people in small that had been hit hard economically, saying, “…they get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” I think this quote shows the President’s great misunderstanding of people of faith and Second Amendment supporters; clinging to God is far from an “explanation” of one’s frustrations with the economy and government.
In the Supreme Court case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, the Obama administration’s EEOC made the case that the federal government could force the Lutheran Church to rehire an employee who had been fired. A ridiculous attempt of the federal government to infringe upon religious affairs, the EEOC lost in the Supreme Court 9-0.
President Obama appointed Judge David Hamilton, former ACORN fundraiser, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Hamilton has a history of hostility towards religion; he decided that using the words “Jesus Christ” in the Indiana Legislature was unconstitutional, but “Allah” was constitutional.
Obama also appointed Michael Urbanski to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Urbanski suggested in court that the Ten Commandments be reduced to six “inoffensive”, non-religious commandments so as to make their posting in public places constitutional.
Of course those are just a few examples, but in her book, Phyllis Schlafly reminds us that freedom of religion—not freedom of worship, as Obama calls it—is one of the most precious freedoms we enjoy in America, and she calls us to action to be aware and vigilant in defense this freedom against those who would silence or infringe upon it.
We live in an era during which the federal government wants to try to give us everything, but at the priceless cost of our freedom and liberty. We must keep in focus, as Phyllis Schlafly does in No Higher Power, that God is the giver of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and no government ever has the right to take away those inalienable rights.
Sarah Hinds | Webster University | @Sarah_Hinds76