I am disturbed by the political article that follows, about the Obama administration’s decision to oppose FDR prayer at the WWII Memorial.
This view on such matters is becoming increasingly predictable in that it seems that everything to do with God is opposed and done away with. This is distressing that there is such an outcry at a mere public expression of faith in a country where the majority of Americans still believe.
This isn’t the first time that the Obama administration has opposed something religious and it likely won’t be the last. For Christians who are Independent, however, like myself, this isn’t a wise move for President Obama, and most especially with an upcoming election around the corner — no, it’s not a wise move at all.
Separation of church and state does not mean that we do away with all mention of God and faith; it simply means that as a nation we do not have or insist upon only one belief system. All faiths are welcome, as is the lack of faith in our country. People have religious freedom in this nation — this is what separation of church and state should stand for. Unfortunately, secularism is becoming “anti-theism” and that is very dangerous for America.
It’s also not a good thing that our American president, who claims Christianity, is consistently found rejecting the very faith he claims. More American citizens need to speak out about this kind of behavior, and we should write the president directly, expressing our distaste with his administration’s perspective on these kinds of issues. I find this happening far too frequently to be a matter of mere coincidence and I don’t like it.
Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial
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Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The objection was noted during a a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson’s, R-Ohio, bill — the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.”
“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation’s distinguished World War II veterans,” Johnson said. “President Roosevelt’s prayer gave solace, comfort and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression.”
But Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, said any plaque or inscription of the prayer would “dilute” the memorial’s central message and therefore “should not be altered.”
“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors,” Abbey said in written testimony.
Abbey explained to lawmakers that altering the memorial would be contrary to the Commemorative Works Act — a law that prohibits “encroachment by a new commemoration on a existing one.” It also respects the design of the “completed work of civic art without alteration or addition of new elements.”
Johnson told Fox News that the administration’s objection should “give all Americans a great deal of concern.”
“For there to be objections to demonstrating a faith in God at critical points in our nation’s history — particularly D-Day — boggles my mind,” Johnson said. “I was very surprised they were going to object.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said it’s not all that surprising.
“This is further evidence that the administration has created an environment that is hostile towards American history — but in particular towards Christianity,” Perkins told Fox News. “I hope America wakes up and realizes what this administration is doing to this country and how they want to radically and fundamentally change America.”
“They want to erase every aspect of America’s heritage,” Perkins said of Obama’s administration. “Any president, any official in history that has embraced Christianity, is no longer welcome in this administration. That’s the environment they are creating.”
Johnson’s bill, which had bipartisan support, is expected to pass a committee vote and he anticipates the full House will support the legislation.
By Todd Starnes
Published November 04, 2011, FoxNews.com