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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama's Inauguration Speech: A Brief Response

During President Obama's speech he referred to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech as a speech delivered by "a king."  One has to wonder if President Obama views himself as "a king" rather than an elected official under the democratic republic we call the United States of America?

That set aside, I was alarmed by Obama's statement at the opening of his speech that citizenship in the United States is not based on a bond of the "color of our skins" or "the tenets of our religion."  Of course, I don't object to racial equality.  That goes without saying.  The problem lies in the second part of Obama's implied hendiadys of "race and religion."  Basically, Obama never once mentioned the freedom of religion in his speech.  He was saying in effect that religious tenets must bow to the power of the state, which is the complete opposite of what was intended by the First Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment.  The First Amendment says:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  [From:  Bill of Rights].
Unfortunately, Obama is trying to establish liberal religion as the religion of the United States since the idea that gays and lesbians are "created equal" and have a right to marry under the civil laws of our nation is a religious statement.  The word "created" is clearly a religious term and this term denies that man evolved from lower forms of life.  Clearly this doctrine is at odds with the atheistic agenda of the public or state education system.

Furthermore, those who reject the religion of the state are kept from holding public office since abortion, gay rights, evolution, and secularism are all shibboleths of the religious left and the socialistic agenda of the Obama administration.  Anyone who dares to question the philosophy of education in the public school system is guilty of violating the "professional standards" clauses in Florida.  This means that dissent is a legitimate cause for the firing of teachers from the public school system and this amounts to censureship, the violation of first amendment rights to the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the freedom from state interference in the practice of religion.

If gay marriage laws are passed soon to follow will be laws against freely preaching the biblical prohibitions against gay marriage, gay immorality, and the abomination of homosexuality.  All of these will become "hate crimes" as defined by an anti-Christian socialist state under the totalitarian leadership of President Obama.

Blogs like this will become criminal and news outlets that are conservative--like Fox News for example--will be censored or even silenced.  While some of you think I'm exaggerating, these prognistications are all within the realm of real possibility.

If the freedom of religion is a basic human right, what will Obama do to protect that right?  Apparently, Obama fails to see that there is a basic contradiction between the religion of traditional "pilgrims" who were Calvinists and the religion of liberals who challenge the biblical precedent prohibiting homosexuality.  The idea that God creates evil is indeed biblical (Isaiah 45:7).  But that is not the same as saying that God's moral law approves of the evil of homosexuality (Romans 1:18-27).

The real irony is that the Obama administration cloaked this endorsement of moral evil in the words of the hymn, "My Country Tis of Thee":


1
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
****
4
Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

The speech was moving and so was the inauguration ceremony.  But I have to ask if Obama was serious when he laid his hand on the Bible and swore before God to uphold the Constitution of the United States, especially when he qualified that with his revisionist statements in the speech?  After all, the Constitution is outdated and so is creationism and the idea of traditional marriage.

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