Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:20 PM
cbayer (145,012 posts)
Violating the Constitution by the Religious Right: We Are Not a Christian Nation
Monday, 12 November 2012 17:28
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Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky, of Peoria, Illinois, ordered all parish priests in his diocese to read a letter to their congregations condemning Barack Obama. The letter, to be read the weekend before the election, declared that Obama and the Democrat-controlled US Senate had launched an "assault upon our religious freedom."
He wasn't the only priest who used the pulpit to attack the President. Bishop David Lauren of Green Bay, Wisconsin, told his congregations that voting for Obama and other candidates who were pro-choice or who believed in embryonic stem cell research or gay marriage could put their "soul in jeopardy." Others, primarily from evangelical Protestant faiths, were even more adamant in their religious intolerance, declaring that voting for Obama would definitely condemn their souls to Hell.
Southern Baptist evangelist Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham, said President Obama was "waving his fist before God" by supporting same-sex marriage and women's abortion rights. In full-page newspaper ads, shortly before the election, the 94-year-old Billy Graham, whose words may have been written by his son, declared that Americans should vote for "candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles." Those principles, according to the ad, include opposition to same-sex marriage. A spokesman for the Grahams said that neither person endorses candidates. However, Billy Graham reportedly told Romney he would do "all I can to help you," and removed Mormonism from a list of cults on one of their web pages. In February, Franklin Graham, who earns about $600,000 a year as head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, declared that Obama had plans to create "a new nation without God or perhaps under many gods."
The re-election of President Obama didn't stop the attacks. The Rev. Jerry Priscano, a Catholic priest from Erie, Pennsylvania, said Obama was the anti-Christ. On his Facebook page, he declared, "It will only be a matter of time before our nation is completely destroyed," and that Hurricane Sandy, apparently a sign from God to the liberal northeast, "was only the beginning."
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Response to cbayer (Original post)
Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:53 PM
TlalocW (10,260 posts)
4. Again, I ask why are these people so against the anti-Christ?
I thought anti-Christ = end of the world, and Jesus coming back? Why wouldn't they be FOR Barack Obama getting elected, if it meant Jesus was due to make an appearance?
Response to TlalocW (Reply #4)
Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:26 PM
immoderate (18,600 posts)
6. Look up "doublethink."
Christians go to heaven when they die. Yet they don't want to die. They'll suffer through infirmities of old age when it could be so easy...