And yet Mr. Obama, despite his claims to be a Christian, has openly tried to
destroy the Bible-based concept of marriage (as he promised in his campaign
he would do) and has endorsed the killing of babies through abortion. Mark
Alexander, in Patriot Post, wrote: "Obama's rejection of DOMA is his
latest attempt to pander to members of his second-most vociferous
constituency after government unions: homosexual unions." And
homosexual congressman Barney Frank (D, MA), head of the LGBT
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Equality Congressional Caucus (it's
not a joke -- there really is one!), after meeting with Mr. Obama, told
reporters, "Getting the DADT repeal, that went a long way toward
alleviating the sense of unhappiness. Now, the DOMA decision means
there's no significant argument at all that the president has not been
So the centuries-old moral position of Christians -- we represent 80% of the
U.S. population -- has been nullified by the desires of perhaps 2 - 3% of that
population. (National Center for Health Statistics, 2002 survey: 2.3%; U.S.
Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2007 estimate: 2.5 - 3%) This is a
matter of serious concern for America and particularly American Christians.
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Council Action, commented, "Our
Judeo-Christian founding is under assault," and he added that "it is not
a time for Christians to sit on the sidelines or sleep through the process."
Also of concern on the domestic front: the ongoing budgetary conflict over
using taxpayer dollars to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion practices. This
has become a pure partisan political struggle, with Republicans attempting to
cut off the use of taxpayer funding, and the Democrats insisting on federally
funded support for the abortion mills.
These are moral issues which we must have in mind when we vote on
Election Day, November 6, 2012 -- now just 608 days remain to pray for
our nation and for God's guidance as we vote and choose our future leaders.
And now a brief review of the international issues which confront us.
The political revolt which more or less began in Tunisia, then in Egypt erupted
into full view on the world's TV screens, and has now moved to Libya, with
half-a-dozen other countries of the Islamic sphere as potential next stops. For
weeks it has held the riveted attention of the world's people and the media.
The resulting question: Where is it headed? What nation will it engulf next?
Swept along by the attendant publicity, the Liberal media and many politicians --
President Obama among them -- see in it the potential for democratic
government as the dominant future of the Middle East. They either forget or
ignore the fact that in and of itself, democracy is essentially "mob-rule." For
example, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine have been victorious
in "democratic" elections.
In the Washington Post's coverage of this developing story last week, this
summary statement appeared, "The Obama administration is preparing for
the prospect that Islamist governments will take hold in North Africa and
the Middle East, acknowledging that the popular revolutions there will
bring a more religious cast to the region's politics." With that possibility
facing them, the Obama administration is already taking steps to distinguish
between various movements in the region that promote Islamic law in
government. Arising out of the unrest in Egypt is the very real possibility of
the Muslim Brotherhood playing an important role in any future governments
in the region. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fellow at
the American Enterprise Institute, produced this clear analysis: "Allah is our
objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our
way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. So goes the motto of
the Muslim Brotherhood."
Since taking office, Mr. Obama has taken the position that Islamic belief and
democratic politics are not incompatible. But in doing so, he has alarmed some
knowledgeable foreign policy experts, and our long-time ally, Israel, who fear
that governments based on Islamic religious law will inevitably undercut
democratic reforms and other Western values. There is no quick or easy
solution to the revolutions (or riots) which are sweeping through the Middle
East. And in each of those countries there is a minority of Christian believers
who have already experienced extreme persecution, and whose continued
existence is very much open to question. As fellow Christians we should be
focusing our prayers on them.
We have often referred to this as the "Age of the Polls" and now to
that designation we add an old saying: "We hate to kick a man when he is
down." And when you look at the polls, "down" is exactly where President
Obama is. There is the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which
reports daily, rather than weekly or monthly or even quarterly, and there Mr.
Obama has carried a double-digit negative rating for months. True, earlier
this year he did creep into single-digit negatives, but recently has been back
in a solid double-digit negative range. But now in a widely based Harris poll,
conducted less than 3 weeks ago, the president scored poorly in six basic
categories. Here are the scores: 66% gave him negative ratings on job
creation; 62% disapproved his handling of the economy; 58% did not agree
with his health care reform plan; 52% said his policies on education are failing,
and 52% found his strategy on the Mid-East crises inadequate. Only on his
handling of the environment did he get half-way decent scores -- there only
48% said he had not handled it well, with 41% approving of his strategies to
protect the environment. And on that record he has launched his 2012
but first, here is Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, on this same situation:
"It is so difficult to draw a clear line of separation between the abuse
and the wholesome use of the press, that as yet we have found it better
to trust the public judgment...with the discrimination between truth
and falsehood. And hitherto the public judgment has performed that
office with wonderful correctness."
Skip MacLure: "It’s incredible how the left consistently makes their
judgments based on emotion. They perceive only the prevailing political
wind and how it can be ideologically manipulated. Invariably, such
thinking has disastrous results."
Robert Morrison (Sr. Fellow, Family Research Council): "Failure to
take seriously the need for religious freedom will doom any attempts at
democracy. The grounding of human liberty rests in the belief that our
rights come from God. Mr. Obama’s personal faith sounds sincere, but
his actions are wanting. Freedom-loving peoples throughout the world
suffer as a result."
Jordan Sekulow (American Ctr. for Law and Justice): "President
Obama and Attorney General Holder have reignited the debate about
the federal government's role in defining marriage, and have possibly
created a new, troubling precedent allowing a president to pick and
choose which existing laws his Administration will enforce."
Cal Thomas: "President Obama has said his view of same-sex marriage
is 'evolving.' Apparently he thinks that the law should be based on a
kind of Darwinian jurisprudence that allows it to 'evolve' and become
whatever the ruling politicians at a given moment say it is (or isn’t)."
Daniel Ayalon (Foreign policy commentator): "If there were ever an
example of the inmates running the asylum, it is the U.N. Human
Rights Council. This body has whitewashed the human rights record
of some of the world’s most repressive regimes, while also providing
them with a forum to ruminate on and condemn the actions of a free
and open nation, Israel."
Michelle Malkin (on the meaning of America): "It's government of, by
and for the people -- all the people, not just the ones still shackled by
reflexive Democratic Party loyalty. We're beholden not to our skin
pigment or ethnic tribes but to American ideals, tradition, history and
faith in the individual."
And equally helpful in understanding what is happening to America
are the occasional "One Liners" we find in our research . . .
"Tolerance according to Islam: they build mosques here; destroy
churches there." -- from Kal El, writing in "Infidels Are Cool"
"The American people elected Barack Hussein Obama, and he will never
stop punishing them for it." -- from Pamela Geller, writing in "Atlas Shrugs"
"It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you
can fool enough of them to rule a large country." -- Will Durant
"The only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is