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‘Wake Up and Defend Our Religious Liberty’


SABRINA ARENA FERRISI

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Media/Opinion
Date:
10/19/2012

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ABSTRACT‘Wake Up and Defend Our Religious Liberty’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  October 21, 2012 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tim Drake Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News ‘Wake Up and Defend Our Religious Liberty’ (673) Phyllis Schlafly continues the fight for religious liberty in her new book, No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom. Tweet by SABRINA ARENA FERRISI 10/19/2012 Comments (1) – PhyllisSchlafly.com Phyllis Schlafly , 88, is an icon in Catholic and Republican circles. The founder and president of the Eagle Forum , Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer, is credited by many as having played the lead role in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, after a decade-long political fight against the proposed constitutional amendment. But her greatest contribution, in the eyes of many admirers, is her successful drive to include a pro-life plank in the 1976 Republican platform and her ongoing commitment to keeping the platform pro-life ever since. Recently, Schlafly authored a book with George Neumayr, contributing editor of The American Spectator , called No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom . The book catalogues and analyzes attacks on religious freedom since President Barack Obama entered office and examines his background to support the authors’ contention that he is opposed to Christianity. Most significantly, Schlafly and Neumayr look at how the Obama administration has sought to redefine the First Amendment for political ends. Instead of guaranteeing the religious freedom of all Americans, Schlafly and Neumayr argue, Obama’s administration has reduced the First Amendment to mean solely the “freedom of worship.” Schlafly spoke with the Register Oct. 16 about her book and threats to religious freedom and Catholicism.   In Chapter 3 of your book, you list 30 events where President Obama’s administration has acted against the religious liberty of Americans. Given that so many Christians voted for him in 2008, do you believe that they knew he would act this way? No. I don’t think that anyone suspected that. I have been active as a volunteer in politics for many, many years, and it never occurred to me that religious liberty was going to be on the chopping block. It just seemed like a given in American life, where we recognize a full and expansive interpretation of the First Amendment. And now, to have a president come along who really wants to limit and redefine the First Amendment to mean “freedom of worship,” just in a church. In other words, you can go inside your church and say a prayer — and nobody will bother you. But if you dare to step outside where others can see and hear you, then you are subject to the government and its regulations.   Do Catholics understand the range and nature of President Obama’s attacks on religious liberty now? How well do you think the media reports these issues? Well, I don’t think that people in general understand these attacks. The media, of course, as you know, is very pro-Obama. In addition to that, we have seen litigations for the last 10 years by the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] and atheist organizations to get rid of demonstrations and pictures and crosses — anything that is religious and Christian. They didn’t really connect this with Obama. But when Obama was elected, his followers used to chant, “You are the one we’ve been waiting for.” He just fit right into that mold and has been tearing things down himself in the many ways I describe in the book.   With regards to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, is this the first time in modern American history that the U.S. government has made a direct attack on the Catholic Church? I do think it is a direct attack on the Catholic Church, because the Catholic Church is famous for all the hospitals it operates across this country. These are hospitals that were built, financed, maintained and run by Catholics in some way — by orders of nuns, bishops or groups of Catholics. They serve the public. They don’t just serve Catholics. And they are well-run and fine hospitals. I don’t think people have realized what a direct attack the HHS mandate is on any type of a Christian organization that is o.......