“These are times that try men’s souls.”
—Thomas Paine, in words of desperation, written in the darkest hours of our American struggle for liberty.
Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Castle Rock, Colo. Associated Press/Mary Altaffer
CASTLE ROCK, Colorado (Reuters) – In a telephone call with evangelical voters Sunday night, U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told potential voters that President Barack Obama’s path for the United States compromises Judeo-Christian values.
The comment came during the final sprint for the U.S. election on Tuesday.
By Samuel P. Jacobs | Reuters
Speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a leading group of Christian conservatives, Ryan attacked Obama’s vision in stark terms.
In the campaign’s last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Ryan, his running mate, have argued that if elected, they would end partisan divisiveness and work with Democrats to find solutions in Washington.
“It’s a dangerous path,” Ryan said of Obama’s plan for the United States. “It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty, and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.”
Routinely on the stump, Ryan says that the president’s policies, particularly his 2010 healthcare restructuring, also known as “Obamacare,” curb religious freedom.
“He was talking about issues like religious liberty and ‘Obamacare’ – topics he has mentioned frequently during the campaign,” said Romney campaign spokesman Michael Steel.
In the phone call on Sunday, Ryan discussed the importance of his Roman Catholic faith in his life.
After a weekend of cross-country barnstorming, Ryan concludes the campaign in his home state of Wisconsin with a late-night rally in Milwaukee on Monday.
(Reporting By Samuel P. Jacobs; Reporting by Paul Simao)
Now, in America, at least one religion says it is under attack.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says the president’s policies, particularly his 2010 healthcare restructuring, also known as “Obamacare,” curb religious freedom. The “mandates” within Obamacare say that health care providers must make available abortion and other services that Catholic health providers refuse to provide. The bishops sought compromise on these mandates but the Obama Administration refused all offers of compromise.
So in esence, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says Obama Care threatens the Freedom of Religion of every Catholic American. And the bishops have asked Catholic voters to pray and ask for guidance before the November 6 election.
“As Catholic bishops and American citizens, we address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad.”
Suddenly, America has moved closer to communist China and communist Vietnam –- where religions are looked at with much skepticism and doubt.
So now the United States of America says: Catholic health care providers must, by mandate, provide birth control and abortion services Catholics consider unconscionable.
So Catholic health care providers and their HMOs must, by order of the government, by mandate, do what they consider to be immoral and wrong: sinful in fact.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said recently,
“They (the government) tell us if you’re really going be considered a church, if you’re going to be really exempt from these demands of the government, well, you have to propagate your Catholic faith and everything you do, you can serve only Catholics and employ only Catholics. We’re like, wait a minute, when did the government get in the business of defining for us the extent of our ministry.”
So we have the national conundrum. Are we still a nation of Freedom of Religion? Or are we edging toward “Freedom Light” as seen in communist Vietnam and China?
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“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS.” So wrote Thomas Paine, in words of desperation, written in the darkest hours of our struggle for liberty.
President John F. Kennedy calling us to serve: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
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