THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Recent trends in the Obama administration has left "The Catholic Knight" with the feeling that it won't be long before his blog is banned from the Internet. So while freedom of speech still exists in America (and it may not be long now before it's abridged) I might as well say what's on my mind.
President Barack Obama is a tyrant in the making. I know, I know, these are strong words. However, I can honestly say they are not politically motivated. I said something similar about President George W. Bush back in 2007 (see here). I would say, however, that Obama is moving along much quicker than Bush, taking leaps and strides our previous president could only dream of. I won't go into all the politics here; such as the takeover of healthcare and the banking industry, along with financial bailouts, refusing foreign aid in the oil spill, and authorizing the assassination of American citizens in America, etc. My main concern is with a few trends that go right to the core of what the American republic is supposed to be about - namely Article I of the Bill of Rights.
(Christianity Today) - "Freedom of worship" has recently replaced the phrase "freedom of religion" in public pronouncements from the Obama administration. Experts are concerned that the new rhetoric may signal a policy change.On the surface this may not seem like such a big deal, but when combined with other policies of this administration related to freedom of speech it is deeply disturbing. When combined with Obama's obvious attempt to drive a wedge of schism into the U.S. Catholic Church by appointing only the most dissident Catholics to the highest offices in the land, it becomes painfully disturbing. This president is trying to redefine the boundaries of free speech and religion in America.
"Freedom of worship" first appeared in President Obama's November remarks at the memorial service for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting. Days later, he referred to worship rather than religion in speeches in Japan and China.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed the shift in language. In a December speech at Georgetown University, she used "freedom of worship" three times but "freedom of religion" not at all. While addressing senators in January, she referred to "freedom of worship" four times and "freedom of religion" once when quoting an earlier Obama speech.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the shift in its 2010 annual report. "This change in phraseology could well be viewed by human rights defenders and officials in other countries as having concrete policy implications," the report said.
Freedom of worship means the right to pray within the confines of a place of worship or to privately believe, said Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom and member of the commission. "It excludes the right to raise your children in your faith; the right to have religious literature; the right to meet with co-religionists; the right to raise funds; the right to appoint or elect your religious leaders, and to carry out charitable activities, to evangelize, [and] to have religious education or seminary training."
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The Catholic Knight will endeavor to continue blogging as long as I remain free to do so in this country. For now it looks like freedom of speech will remain for the time being, but as soon as the first national disaster hits, there will be nothing stopping Obama from completely shutting down the Internet, and eventually reopening only those portions that his administration deems "appropriate." The Catholic Knight does not expect to be included on that list.
For now it seems the Democratic Party is in a suicide pact with the Obama administration. For now, it seems they will follow wherever he leads them, even if it's through the gates of Hell. The Democrats would be wise to distance themselves from Obama and his administration, but if they don't, let it forever be remembered that the party that gave us Barack Hussein Obama supported him all the way into tyranny.