III The President’s Actions
Obama referred to America as “just a group of citizens”, not as a “Judeo-Christian Nation” in remarks made on his trip to Turkey.
Actual Quote: “One of the great strengths of the United States is… we have a very large Christian population – we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.” Lord, pray for our President.
The Gospel message
We belong neither to our parents (in an absolute sense), to the state, or to ourselves; but, to God.
Lord, pray for us.
The Pope’s remarks
The Pope stressed the importance of the Church’s public voice
At a time when “there is a growing tendency to relegate God to the private sphere, to consider Him as irrelevant and superfluous or even to reject Him explicitly.” “When God disappears from man’s horizon, humankind loses its sense of direction and risks taking steps towards its own destruction.” . . .
Editor’s note: Are we headed that way?
Lord, Pray for us.
The President’s comments on the “Defense of Marriage Act”
The President said, in 1996 “[I] opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.”
The White House states now that [the] President [wants] to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. He also said he will no longer uphold the law which allows states not to recognize same-sex marriage performed in other states.
Lord, pray for the conversion of our president.
Editor’s Note: The definition of marriage.
To be politically correct the definition of marriage has changed.
It now reads:
legal relationship between spouses: a legally recognized relationship, established by a civil or religious ceremony, between two people who intend to live together as sexual and domestic partners
Specific marriage relationship: a married relationship between two people, or a somebody’s relationship with his or her spouse
Joining in wedlock: the joining together in wedlock of two people
The President’s comments on Gays and Lesbians
The president wants to punish employers [i.e., Churches] who discriminate against gays in hiring practices. Christian pastors and politicians in Europe and Canada have been fined and jailed under similar laws.
Lord, pray for the conversion of our president.
Marriage and Natural Law
A redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage is beyond the competence of the state because marriage both precedes the state and is a necessary condition for the continuation of the state (because future generations arise from and are formed in marriage).
The Catholic Church teaches
Marriage is limited to the union of one man and one woman, and the Vatican has issued documents that instruct Catholic politicians to vote in conformity with those views when this limitation is challenged by homosexuals.
The state has a duty to preserve and promote marriage as an institution that precedes the state, but the state does not have the authority to fundamentally redefine the nature of that institution.
The benefits and duties conferred on marriage simply respond to the reality that the state cannot exist without families who will bring into existence the next generations. By turning the relationship of the family and state upside down, the court advances a view of the family that is subordinate to and dependent upon the state for its existence.
The Church’s teaching on homosexuality and marriage is Catholic because it is true, not true because it is Catholic. This is expressed in the words of the Bishop, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “The Church is called Catholic or universal because . . . it teaches fully and unfailingly all the doctrines which ought to be brought to men’s knowledge, whether concerned with visible or invisible things, with the realities of heaven or the things of earth.”
In other words, the conclusion that same-sex relationships should not be afforded legal status is based on the truth, not just on Catholic teaching. Yet, saying that makes this conclusion all the more controversial. If it were based simply on Catholic teaching, opponents could say in our pluralistic context, “You Catholics are entitled to your opinion, but that is not binding on others.” Instead, saying that truth is the reason that same-sex relationships should not be afforded legal status is offensive to those who deny the existence of truth; who prefer to live in a world dominated by what Pope Benedict XVI has termed a “dictatorship of relativism.” The Holy Father identified this “dictatorship of relativism” as “the gravest problem of our time.”
USCCB: “Marriage cannot be redefined by decree” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB).
Editor’s note: By admission or omission the president is promoting the grave sin of sodomy.
The President’s Actions on Right-to-Life Issues
Taxpayers fund abortions: WorldNetDaily Posted: January 23, 2009
President Obama signed an executive order to repeal the Mexico City Policy that during President Bush’s tenure protected Americans from being required to fund groups that promote and pay for abortions around the globe.
WND reported Obama plan to repeal what also is known as the “global gag rule.”
The plan was originated by President Reagan in 1984. It prohibited non-governmental organizations that receive federal funds from providing or promoting abortions in other nations. Lord, pray for our President.
President’s Pro-Choice comment
“I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” Barack Obama
Editor’s note: Does our president believe, that sometimes, if a woman is with child it can be a punishment from God?
President’s action on human embryonic stem cell research
The President overturned President Bush’s executive order limiting federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Lord, pray for our President.