Obama’s More Deferential to Afghan Muslims Than American Catholics

By Terence P. Jeffrey via CNSNews

Here is a simple question with an obvious answer: Is President Barack  Obama more deferential to the religious sensibilities of Afghan Muslims or the religious freedom of American Catholics?

The answer:  Obama is more deferential to the religious sensibilities of Muslims in  Afghanistan than to the religious freedom of Catholics in the United States.

Let’s stipulate a point of principle out front:  People should not burn Korans, period. To burn a Koran, whether as a  premeditated act of spite or as a boneheaded mistake, is wrong.

That  being said, the Korans burned at Bagram Air Force in Afghanistan were  burned as the result of a boneheaded mistake–not as a conscious effort  to affront Muslims.

Here in the United States, President  Obama’s decision to order Roman Catholics to act against the teachings of  their faith by forcing Catholics to buy insurance that pays  for sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortifacients was not  made by mistake. Obama did it with long and careful premeditation–fully  understanding that the Catholic Church would (correctly) perceive the regulation as a very serious and direct attack on  the free exercise of religion by Catholics.

We know this  because from August to February, the Catholic bishops of the United  States repeatedly warned the Obama administration directly and through  public statements that the administration’s sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate was an  attack on the religious liberty of Catholics and that Catholics would  adamantly oppose it as an attack on their religious liberty.

In  official comments delivered to HHS on Aug. 31, the Catholic bishops  said: “Indeed, such nationwide government coercion of religious people  and groups to sell, broker, or purchase ‘services’ to which they have a  moral or religious objection represents an unprecedented attack on  religious liberty.”

On Sept. 30, the Catholic bishops  distributed a call-to-action sheet in church bulletins across the nation.  It said that Obama’s sterilization-contraception-abortfacient mandate  “poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious  freedom” and called on Catholics to contact HHS to urge the  administration to rescind the mandate in its entirety.

In  January, most of America’s Catholic bishops asked that their parish  priests read a letter from the pulpit denouncing Obama’s regulation. The  letter said in part: “In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the  First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to  Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of  religious liberty.”

“We cannot–we will not–comply with this unjust law,” the bishops said.

Obama  did not respond by apologizing to Catholics. Instead, he responded  by finalizing the regulation, thus moving forward with an unambiguous  effort to deny Catholics the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the  Constitution that Obama swore to uphold.

Bishop David  Zubik of Pittsburgh summed up Obama’s action this way: “The Obama  administration has just told the Catholics of the United States,‘To Hell  with you!’ There is no other way to put it.”

“This is  government by fiat that attacks the rights of everyone–not only  Catholics; not only people of all religion,” said Bishop Zubik. “At no  other time in memory or history has there been such a governmental  intrusion on freedom not only with regard to religion, but  even across-the-board with all citizens.”

In a letter to  Americans serving in the military, including those serving in  Afghanistan, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic  Archdiocese for the Military Services, summed up Obama’s regulation this  way: “It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for  which you have seen your buddies fall in battle.”

The Obama  Defense Department tried to censor Archbishop Broglio’s  letter—thus compounding one violation of the First Amendment (abridging  the free exercise of religion) with another (abridging the freedom of  speech).

As outspoken as they were in declaring that the  Obama administration was violating the rights of Catholics with its  regulation, the Catholic bishops did not call anybody into the streets.  They did not incite riots. They did not sanction or condone any kind of  violence or destruction of property. They simply called for this: That  Americans should use the constitutional rights we still have to  peacefully address our government and ask that our right to the free  exercise of our religion be respected and restored by those who have  sworn an oath to God to do so.

The peaceful, articulate,  intellectually and morally powerful pleas of faithful Catholics in this  country—and of those of other denominations who have joined with  Catholics in calling for respect for religious liberty—have been ignored  by President Obama even as they have been distorted and mocked by some of  his allies in Congress.

How different was the administration’s response to the outrage of Muslims in Afghanistan?

After  it was revealed earlier this week that American forces at Bagram Air  Base in Afghanistan had mistakenly burned some Korans, Gen. John Allen,  the U.S.commander in that country, recorded a video profusely  apologizing to Muslims and announcing that he had launched an  investigation of the incident.

“To the noble people of  Afghanistan: I have ordered an investigation into a report I received  during the night that ISAF personnel at Bagram Air Base improperly  disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included  Korans,” said Gen.Jones. “When we learned of these actions, we  immediately intervened and stopped them. The materials recovered will be  properly handled by appropriate religious authorities.

“We  are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to  ensure this does not ever happen again,” said Gen. Jones. “I assure  you–I promise you–this was NOT intentional in any way.

“I  offer my sincere apologies for any offense this may have caused, to the  president of Afghanistan,the government of the Islamic Republic of  Afghanistan, and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan,”  said Gen. Jones.

“I would like to thank the local Afghan  people who helped us identify the error, and who worked with us to  immediately take corrective action,” he said.

Following  the general’s apology there were demonstrations in the streets across  Afghanistan, and a man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed two American  soldiers.

Then President Obama dispatched an ambassador  with a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to personally apologize  for the mistaken, boneheaded burning of the Korans.

The Taliban responded by calling for American troops to be killed, beaten and captured.

Obama,  meanwhile, is moving forward with his presidential command that American  Catholics must act against their faith by purchasing coverage for  sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients–drugs that take the  lives of innocent unborn children.

It is plain as day:  Obama is more deferential to the religious sensibilities of Muslims in  Afghanistan than he is to the constitutionally protected religious  liberty of Catholics in the United States of America.

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 H/T Libby Harding

One thought on “Obama’s More Deferential to Afghan Muslims Than American Catholics

  1. The burning of the Koran is the accepted way of destroying a defaced Koran according to Islamic law.
    When Obama stated that the most beautiful sound in the world was the Islamic call to prayer should have been a wake up call to the clueless.

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