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Is This What Emerging Martyrdom Looks Like?

October 23rd, 2012, Promulgated by Diane Harris

At first I did not know who originally generated this list, but Brother of Penance let me know in the first comment, below.  Any errors?   I’ll remove them.   In the meantime, let us consider if this is what emerging US martyrdom might  look like.  I realize this is more “political” than we usually get on this site, but with oppression toward people of scripture, how can we ignore these developments? 

America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate
America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through
his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines
and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that
characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently
singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant
beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics
and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But
that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in
his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in
particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy
toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation
would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his
hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his
preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further
strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact,
there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam
positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.

Listed below in chronological order are (A) numerous records of his
attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (B) examples of the
hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past
three years in the Obama-led military; (C) a listing of his open
attacks on Biblical values; and finally (D) a listing of numerous
incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and
positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence
his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

A.  Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

1·      April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying
they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who
aren’t like them.”
2·      February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience
protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical
activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the
plan in February 2011.

3·      April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama
orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is
making his speech.

4·      May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National
Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

5·      April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated
three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life
Vatican rejected all three.

6·      October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the
phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of
Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven

7·      November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it
is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by
federal law.

8·      January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI
Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme
Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand,
but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be
transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be
re-erected as ordered by the Court.

9·      February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State
Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of
religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious
persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure
from the public and from Congress.

10·      April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama
urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring
protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to
hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of
their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.

11·      August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health
care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical
workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.

12·      November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin
Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.

13·      November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously
avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.

14·      December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other
countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual

15·      January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First
Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring
their pastors and rabbis.

16·      February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans
in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer
forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.

B. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of
Biblical faith:

1·      June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids
references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston
National Cemetery.

2·      August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory
to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains
and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third
century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the
world (except America).

3·      September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders
from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from

4·      September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed
Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles,
reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used
during a visit.”

5·      November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for
Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to
impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by
a Christian charity.

6·      November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a
Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and

7·      February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point
disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant
General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an
event because he is an outspoken Christian.

8. February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of
Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).

9·      February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read
a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.

10·      April 2012 – A checklist for Air Force Inns will no longer
include ensuring that a Bible is available in rooms for those who want
to use them.

11·      May 2012 – The Obama administration opposes legislation to
protect the rights of conscience for military chaplains who do not
wish to perform same-sex marriages in violation of their strongly-held
religious beliefs.

12·      June 2012 – Bibles for the American military have been printed
in every conflict since the American Revolution, but the Obama
Administration revokes the long-standing U. S. policy of allowing
military service emblems to be placed on those military Bibles.

C. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:

1·      January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government
funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling
abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either
promote or perform abortions in other nations.

2·      January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary
of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for
abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.

3·      March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups
from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.

4·      March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem
cell research.

5·      March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN
population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with
Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and
involuntary sterilizations.

6·      May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for
abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual
education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and
abortions. 34 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.

7·      May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary
calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism
in their “criminal” activities.

8·      July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal
benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch
employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage

9·      September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC
Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not
tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they
may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”

10·      July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in
violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to
include abortion.

11·      August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176
abstinence education programs.

12·      September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to
ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic
stem cell research.

13·      February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop
defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

14·      March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate
videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get
abortions for victimized underage girls.

15·      July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the
military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George
Washington in March 1778.

16·      September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains
may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of
the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

17·      October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal
grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive
programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic
Church is anti-abortion.

D. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:

1·      May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer
event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in
honor of Ramadan.

2·      April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited
from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints
from the Muslim community.

3·      April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of
government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to
remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad,
jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.

4·      August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and
condescendingly of Christianity.

5·      August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on
multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground
Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church
being denied permission to rebuild at that location.

6·      2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of
official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this
White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but
regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010
statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

7·      October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern
Christians’ access to the White House.

8·      February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent
apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military,  but when
Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why
it was the right thing to do.

Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first
time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The
hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is
without equal from any previous American president. 

If this isn’t what a looming threat of ultimate martyrdom looks like, then just what DOES it look like?


10 Responses to “Is This What Emerging Martyrdom Looks Like?”

  1. avatar brother of penance says:

    As soon as I began reading this post I recognized who might have generated this piece.
    It reminds me of Mr. Barton of

    As soon as I post this comment I will look it up.

  2. avatar flowerchild says:

    Thanks to both of you for an insightful article.
    To see all of this in one place is pretty damning evidence of the man’s intentions; and unfortunately, it’s preaching to the choir.
    I have only one question: Why isn’t this information being blasted via the airwaves across the country?
    The answer? Anyone who speaks of Obama in any negative way is immediately branded as racist.

  3. avatar DanielKane says:

    Next will be (1) revocation of 501(c)3 status for Churches (2) revocation of business and professional licenses for Catholic “bigots” that practice law, medicine, accounting, own businesses – anything needing a license – requiring tests for same gender marriage approval, abortion/contraception funding via insurance, you name it (3) mandatory performance of contraception, IVF, abortion and possibly the “Biden” oath of loyalty – I am a “de fide definita” Catholic but that’s just in the privacy of my home. We all could be subject to that.

    Which will lead to schism with American Catholics and Roman Catholics. The former has all the benefits, the latter all the burdens. Soon, the latter will be underground (see China).

    Then, having established the latter as evil, the “good” culture will attempt (for the 20th time in human history) to eliminate it. Predictably the culture will fail at this endeavor because the battle that are fighting is supernatural. But the culture will have consumed many physically, emotionally and spiritually. There were thousands of Christians in Rome, only a few fed to lions. There were thousands of Catholics in England, only 40 at Tyburn Hill. Expect 99% to apostate pray you are not put to the test it is likely that you will fail. Only 40 in all of England were faithful to the end. 40.

    The canary in the coal mine is dead. This list (and our collective ignorance of most of it) is exhibit A.

  4. avatar brother of penance says:


  5. avatar true faith says:

    I have read some outlandish accusations regarding President Obama. Where is the damning evidence? There is no argument that President Obama opened up the military to gays. There is no argument that he is pro choice.I’ve also seen videos of Mitt Romney while he was running for governor of Mass. declaring a radically pro choice stand in his speeches.All of a sudden he is declaring a pro life stand as a Republican nominee for the White House? He has been in one video declaring that he would welcome an overturn of Roe vs. Wade and in another video to a different crowd, he was stating that he didn’t want pro life to be involved in his platform for Presidency.President Obama had a large majority of Jews in his cabinet until Rahm Emmanuel left to run for Mayor of Chicago.Where in any legislation does it state that one can’t refuse to be involved in abortions? Also , prescribing birth control? I can tell you that it doesn’t matter if the law protects you, a health care institution can let you go if you refuse to do these things. I lost my job in 1995 because I refused to be involved in abortions.Most employers make you sign a document stating that they are an at will employer and can terminate your employment at any time and for any reason. I’ve seen short speeches of President Obama on t.v. videos wishing Muslims -Happy Ramadan —Jews –Blessed Yom Kippur and New Year—- and Christians –Merry Christmas. He stated that we aren’t a Christian nation but a nation of many faiths.—–By the way — it is interesting that much of the evidence of past discrepancies involving Mitt Romney have come from Republican mayors of Mass. and the fact that he refuses to show tax statements– because Newt Gingrich , a fellow Republican running mate, disclosed with proof that Mitt Romney has money in off shore accounts- the Cayman Islands and Switzerland and has a Shell subsidiary in the Bahamas which he put in his wife’s name when he became governor of Mass.Just look up under You Tube News – New York Times, etc. many sites.He is more of a shrewd businessman than a shining light of the Republican party.

  6. avatar annonymouse says:

    Mr. or Ms. “True Faith” – where is the evidence?? Did you bother to READ the entire piece?? I assume you did not, for you’ve sought to refute not a single fact presented. Not one.

    And no place does the word “Romney” appear in this thread or the original post until your use of the word. The post is not about Romney – it’s about Obama, the single most hostile-to-religion candidate EVER. Romney is no perfect candidate, but he promises to reverse course on this administration’s affront to religious freedom, to work to restore the rights of the unborn, to oppose same-sex so-called “marriage.”

    And frankly, I am absolutely APPALLED that you would completely overlook the lengthy list compiled above and employ (like Mr. Obama) attacks on Mr. Romney. Shame on you.

  7. avatar brother of penance says:

    True faith:
    See the very first comment above posted
    10/23/12 at 11:49 PM

    The wallbuilders provide the source in the footnotes
    of each act/ inaction of hostility.

    Consider clicking on the link, read, research then
    REPORT your findings to this website.
    Until then many of us will continue believing
    the truth about Obama’s hostility.

    Thank you, true faith for operating in good faith
    on this matter

  8. avatar snowshoes says:

    Thank you Diane for an elegant if woeful analysis of the situation. Many of your citations were familiar to me, but I had missed the “just war theory” prohibition. If there is a lynchpin that when pulled will detach the caboose of state from the train of rational thought, natural law and the Law of God, this is it. Something so seemingly harmlessly academic in actuality means that the only thing left is “mon droit” sans le “Dieu” in front of it. Power. Might makes right. Yes, it looks like the prophetic timetable described by Cardinal George has been moved up. Oremus! Saint Kateri, pray for us!

  9. avatar Diane Harris says:

    I just wanted to share the analysis which comes from the Wall Builders link posted by Brother of Penance:

    The link also shows the references and proofs for each element of the very extensive list, as Brother of Penance and Snowshoes point out. No single story would grab our attention; it is the overwhelming testimony of the extensive list that claims our righteous indignation.

    I have noticed that the most usual defense of citations against Obama is “It’s a lie!” No proofs get offered, no explanations, no admissions. Just “It’s a lie!” But when one sees the enormity of what has been perpetrated against Americans and against Catholics in particular, it seems clear to me that God Himself is the target. And we know who the father of lies is. So when “It’s a lie” comes from the father of lies, it is most accurately translated as: “It’s the truth!”

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