Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio Secretary of State who is now on the faculty of Liberty University and a fellow at both the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union (Get it? It’s just like the ACLU! Isn’t that clever?), shows just how dishonest he can be in this article at Catholic Online.
“Nuns hopeful of stay,” read the headlines. No, they weren’t going to be executed. Only their consciences were to be violated. The HHS Mandate was going to force them to cover abortifacient drugs that can end the lives of unborn children. Now, and only temporarily, the Supreme Court has stayed the execution of the HHS Mandate under ObamaCare.
Never in America’s long history has such a headline even been imaginable. The gravest threat to religious freedom has been part of what President Obama meant when he said he would “fundamentally transform this country.” Nuns have faced anti-Catholicism, Bible riots, and various forms of Klan-instigated bigotry, but never has the federal government itself threatened to snuff out the lamp of freedom. Evangelicals and Lutherans, too, face a hostile administration.
That’s in part why the Hobby Lobby and the Conestoga Wood Company have appealed to the Supreme Court to exempt them from the HHS Mandate that violates their deepest religious convictions.
So what do you suppose Blackwell, who is black, would say about the “deepest religious convictions” of Christian racists? Would he support their right to discriminate against him? After all, he’s making the argument that the government doesn’t have any authority to make religious people violate their beliefs (though in the case of the contraception mandate, it isn’t doing that at all; the law explicitly exempts those nuns from having to provide contraception). But it’s not an argument he would likely apply consistently.
President Obama has not only sought to crush religious freedom at home. He delivered a 2009 address at Egypt’s Al Azhar University. He extended an olive branch to what he termed “the Muslim world.” By bowing to Islamic supremacist ideas in that hotbed of Muslim Brotherhood, the new U.S. leader was signaling to Islamists throughout the region that this country would henceforth side with them provided only that they came to power democratically.
Again, incredibly dishonest. Notice how he jumps from “extending an olive branch” to the Muslim world to “bowing to Islamic supremacist ideas.” He did nothing of the sort, of course. Not even close. But this is what you have to do when the only thing you care about is attacking your political enemies, with no regard at all for the facts or logical consistency.
Undeterred by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Mr. Obama showered U.S. foreign aid on those who seek to murder their neighbors who worship differently. In Egypt, for example, this administration shoveled Americans’ tax dollars into the coffers of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate for president.
Again, rank dishonesty. Obama did nothing of the sort. Congress has appropriated aid to Egypt. That aid went to Egypt, as it has for decades. Obama didn’t do anything but follow the law.