As Jim Hoft aptly suggests, it’s now an Obama world, and the Obama administration’s war on religion has indeed begun … Six Christians were arrested outside the White House this week including a priest and a pastor while praying.
Six people peacefully protested the Obama administration’s mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-producing drugs by kneeling in prayer in front of the White House, and they quickly were arrested and whisked away by U.S. Park police. “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,” said Father Wilde, one of the protesters. The six people, including Wilde, of Priests for Life, and Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, organized the peaceful protest on the heels of a Priests for Life lawsuit filed against the Obama administration seeking to permanently block the implementation of the HHS mandate. Wilde and the other protesters were cited for “failure to obey a lawful order” as they knelt in prayer in front of the White House. Each paid a $100 fine and was released from custody. Wilde said. “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.”
Let there be no doubt as to the Obama administration’s agenda. Given that the HHS mandate is now the second hostility in recent months in which the Obama administration has attempted to apply wide-reaching government regulation to religious organizations, it is clear the Obama administration intends to, unless stopped by the American people, change the role of religious institutions in American life, forever. As Father Robert Barron has noted, Obama’s socialist secular state agenda is to push Catholicism (and along with it all Christianity) off the public stage and relegated to a private realm where it cannot interfere with secularism’s totalitarian agenda. Related: The HHS Mandate: One Battle in a Two-Front War (Obama has opened two fronts in the war on religious liberty, and may try more. )