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Religious Freedom

 
 

February 10, 2015

In today’s world, religious freedom and religious liberty are used interchangeably. Many do not make a distinction between the words freedom and liberty. For the sake of clarity in this article, the words will have a very distinct difference in their meanings.

Religious freedom will mean the ability to live one’s religious beliefs regardless of denomination without any type of restrictions or persecutions from the State. The reader should understand “State” as meaning the government at any level (city, county, state or federal). In this case, the State has no desire to interfere with religion in any way. For those who wish to reference the Amendments of the U. S. Constitution, it simply states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

Religious liberty, on the hand, will be defined as meaning all religions, sects and denominations to be equal. No one church or religion is to be considered better or more correct than the other. In practical terms, religious liberty is the “father” of religious indifference. This definition has its origin in the French Revolution and Freemasonry.

Pope Pius XI, in his Encyclical Letter Mortalium Animos (On Fostering True Religious Liberty), confirms the effects of such liberty: “How so great a variety of opinions can clear the way for the unity of the Church, We know not. That unity can arise only from one teaching authority, one law of belief and one faith of Christians. But we do know that from such a state of affairs it is but an easy step to the neglect of religion or ‘indifferentism,’ and to the error of the Modernists, who hold that dogmatic truth is not absolute but relative, that is, that it changes according to the varying necessities of time and place and the varying tendencies of the mind; that it is not contained in an immutable tradition, but can be altered to suit the needs of human life.”

This error has become so imbedded in the mind of the typical American that it has also poisoned the soul of the Catholic in the United States. It is, indeed, to a greater degree the fault of the Modernist clergy which preached this error among many others to the ignorant Catholic in the pew.

In their desire to be ‘ecumenical,’ as well as to be ‘obedient,’ the unsuspecting Catholic accepted these errors, while probably not understanding the implications of their actions.

The bigger problem which we face in the United States at this time, though, is that of religious freedom. It is having its effect on everyone who wishes to be associated with a parish, a church or synagogue, whether they realize it or not.

The so-called mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare is of particular concern in this area of religious freedom. This mandate, of course, affects anyone who is morally opposed to the regulations which require an employer to pay for the employee’s insurance. The insurance includes “benefits” which will pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization.

As many Americans know by now, this type of legislation has never before been forced upon the citizens of this country. The Marxists in the White House have used lies, half-truths and disinformation to deceive the ignorant.

Make no mistake about it, this is an immoral law that is being shoved down our throats in such a way that, many believe if it is allowed to be fully implemented, the nation will never recover from it. This is because the law involves much more than simply “health care.” Those who truly understand this law realize that the true purpose of this “care” is to “fundamentally transform” the United States. Many notables believe the nation will be transformed into a European socialist state. I disagree. I believe, if allowed to continue, this law and others will transform this once free nation into a country that more closely resembles Russia, China or Cuba.

Why do I make such a bold statement when no one else is?

Let’s look at the facts. The mandate in this law is there to attack religion and morality itself. This is an attack in the broadest possible way. As already stated, is has the potential to effect a broad spectrum of Americans. The mandate is well understood. When the U. S. Catholic bishops pleaded for an exemption, Barack Obama flatly refused. It should be noted that the refusal came after a meeting with Timothy Cardinal Dolan where Obama led Dolan to believe the exemptions would be forthcoming. In other words, Barack Obama lied or purposely misled him. But should we be surprised, since when do Communists tell the truth?

Think about this for a moment. The “President of the United States” publicly refused to exempt the Catholic Church, which has a “membership” of about 60 million people. Put aside for the sake of the present argument, that these people are not true Catholics. In the eyes of the world, they are considered to be Catholic, and this is the important point in this discussion.

Obama has looked at the Catholic Church face-to-face. Either he believes he can divide Catholics and win this fight, or simply call their bluff. His re-election would lead us to the conclusion that he has successfully divided Catholics. Will it become necessary for Obama to wait and see how the bishops will play the next hand? I doubt it. In all likelihood, Obama is “two or three hands ahead.”

The reader must remember the Modernists bishops have put themselves in this position. Beginning in the 1960’s, they compromised and remained mostly silent about artificial contraceptives. Precious little has been said about birth control in nearly 50 years. An occasional clergyman will speak out to little or no avail. It indeed is an “accepted fact.” The “wink and nod” and confessional approval has brought with it a tidal wave of immorality among “practicing Catholics.”

Lip service was given when Roe v. Wade was argued in the Supreme Court. A small number of priests and bishops have consistently protested this “American Holocaust”- now at nearly 56 million.

I have said for several years that if the U. S. Catholics bishops in the early 1970’s had been fulfilling their responsibilities, that would have had their respective clergy preach against abortion from coast to coast in such a way that the public pressure and influence would have brought about a different result in the Supreme Court. Their near silence since 1973 has been overwhelmingly deafening!

From their lip service on the issue of sterilization, apparently they are not overly concerned with this moral issue.

It is quite interesting since the Obama administration announcement that the Catholic Church would not be given an exemption concerning the mandate, the media has chosen to focus on the issue of contraceptives more than that of abortion. Do I sense an opportunity for “anti-Catholic bashing” and open mockery of the Church? Understand dear reader, opposition against abortion has broader support among many different sects or denominations. Artificial birth control is permitted by all such groups with few exceptions, including Catholics.

In early 2012, after the announcement mentioned above (the Catholic Church would not receive an exemption from the mandate), the bishops began howling publicly in such a way most Catholics had never witnessed in their lifetime. At the time I thought to myself, it was good to see them so united on an issue, but what really would become of it? Will they continue to fight, or will this be the “weeping and gnashing of teeth” as carried out so well by the hypocritical Pharisees?

In addition, as Barack Obama knows well, Catholic health care makes up about 12% of the total health care in this country (600 health care institutions; 1 in 6 persons is treated in a Catholic health care institution). Also, there are 244 Catholic universities in the United States.

Think of the disastrous effects it would have if all of these facilities and schools were forced to close. Yet, Obama is adamant that no exemptions will be given for Catholics or other denominational institutions.

Politically speaking, why would a man in his position be so unwilling to bend? Remarkably, he told us why before he was elected the first time. He spoke publicly about wanting to “fundamentally transform” the United States.

It would seem reasonable, that, in order to know what a person means by such a phrase there is one or two ways of finding the answer. The first and easiest way is when the person who has made the comment provides a full explanation. In this case, no explanation was forthcoming. Therefore, to have an idea of how a person might act, we should look to his past for possible answers.

For the patriotic American (True Catholics ought to be still more discerning), Obama’s past is literally filled with “red flags.” According to the information I have come across, his parents and grandparents were all Communists. The man his mother recommended as a mentor, (and in fact was his mentor), Frank Marshall, was a known card-carrying Communist. In Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father,” he openly admits that he chose to openly associate with the Marxist professors on campus. He attended classes in Chicago to learn the “ways and means” of Saul Alinsky. His teacher admitted Obama was one of the best students he had ever taught. He learned the Communist tactics so well that Obama became a teacher.

For those who are not familiar with Alinsky, he was a Communist who worked as a “community organizer.” He went from city to city, using Communist coercion tactics to force businesses to unionize. He usually left a riotous trail. Alinsky’s influence among the U. S. Catholic bishops is quite embarrassing to Catholics who are aware of who he really was. One can only reasonably assume that these clerics were not naïve, but agents of the Communist/Socialist agenda.

So what, indeed, does this tell us about the man known as Barack Obama? The only honest answer is that he has cleverly and diabolically hidden his past because he is most assuredly a Communist. To say it any other way would be disingenuous. The media, of course, has been a willing partner in this treason.

In other words, it would not make political sense to push forward with this socialized medical program if one had the best interest of the country in mind. The law itself states that many persons will be refused care for reasons to be determined by the “elite.” In addition, the amount of money this law will require is a true injustice to those who will suffer medically, physically and monetarily.

I have learned recently of patients in Lubbock, Texas who have been refused what most would consider is rather routine health care – kidney dialysis. The reason given for this refusal was Obamacare.

On the issue of life, this law will make abortion nothing more than, “normal, everyday health care!” It says a lot about a person who considers the “slaughtering of innocents” nothing more than “normal everyday health care.”

Little do people know there are some 20 to 25 additional taxes built in to this law. That in itself is an act of injustice upon the workers of this country who are already feeding the other half of this nation who are largely either too lazy or just simply unwilling to work.

Only a person with an agenda would pursue this law, as though the country would not survive without it. The agenda includes much more than that which I have included here. Those things which have been described are tied to the new health care law. This brings us back to the focus of this article – religious freedom.

It is quite interesting, Catholic health care existed prior to the discovery of this nation, and obviously prior to Obama’s unfortunate birth. Yet, he, unlike any previous president is going after religion, Catholicism and its health care with the stroke of one signature of his Islamic name.

Yes, do not dismiss his desire to further weaken Catholicism, so as to make it easier for Islam to have a “greater influence.” His desire to divide Catholics is a clever way to conquer them. Please note the “Catholics” which are a part of Congress and his administration – Vice President Joseph Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, Claire McCaskill, John Kerry, Barbara Mikulski, Mary Landrieu and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. These are examples of those who have betrayed their “faith” and country. All such Catholics ought to be publicly excommunicated and charged with treason.

One ought to be warned not hold your breath. Neither action will be taken, for the Modernist clergy has long ago sold its soul for thirty pieces of silver and the “right’ to “go along to get along.” On the other side of this one-sided coin, there are far too many traitors or otherwise weak “characters” in Congress to expect any talk of treason. Hell might yet freeze over first …

With a growing number of proclaimed atheists (1.6 million or 1.6%) and non-denominational church members (over 8 million or 11.8%), it there any wonder why so little is said about the continued loss of one’s ability to practice their religion freely?

We should remind ourselves that this present crisis (and it most certainly is a crisis) of this basic freedom may be new to us as Catholics in America, but it is not new to the Roman Catholic Church. Do we need to remind ourselves of the thousands of souls who have given their life for Christ? Our illustrious Catholic history is filled with those who stood tall when the enemies of God and His Church were persecuted.

It is, indeed, important to see the “big picture.” Understand we are fighting a spiritual war in the person of Barack Obama and his comrades. This is not about politics or parties, the rich or the poor (class warfare) or jobs or welfare. It is about right and wrong; good and evil; the Christian Order in Society versus the New Satanic World Order; the Mystical Body of Christ versus the Mystical Body of Satan; Heaven and Hell; the loss of your soul or its salvation.

It would be nice to think this situation will pass, but there is no guarantee of that. If history teaches us anything, we should recognize the clear signs and spiritually prepare ourselves. True freedom from a Catholic standpoint means we need to separate ourselves from the world’s attachments and sin. If we are able to accomplish this, the decisions of a Communist Moslem are of little consequence.

Fr. Joseph Noonan, OFM