I would suggest that everyone vote in order to defeat those who would usurp our freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Refer to the text below for examples.
Freedom of Speech
Freedom-of-Speech Killer #1: Abortion Buffer Zones
Although the Supreme Court recently struck down a Massachusetts law establishing a free-speech buffer zones around abortion clinics, the Obama administration argued in defense of disallowing free speech in front of abortion clinics. The fact that the Obama administration wanted to prohibit debate on any topic should be enough to make the administration a pariah within any reasoned people.
Freedom-of-Speech Killer #2: Obama’s Whistle Blower Retaliation Memo
A 4 May 2014 article documents the 21 April 2014 memo issued by the Director of National Intelligence stating that any contact between an intelligence agency employee and a reporter will result in punishment (even if they only discuss non-classified information).
Freedom-of-Speech Killer #3: Democrat Mayor demands Copies of Sermons Critical of Her Transsexual Bill
On 14 October, this blog and numerous media outlets chronicled Annise Parker’s attempt to curtail the free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to petition rights of five Houston pastors (and all Christians, by extension). By sending subpoenas to these five pastors, Mayor Parker has attempted to bully all of us into submission (or at least silence) regarding the city ordinance that allows transsexuals to use any restroom of their choosing.
Freedom of Religion
Religious Freedom vs. Obama’s “Freedom of Religion”
At least as early as the Iftar dinner of 2012, Obama started a verbal attack on the freedom of religion by trying to replace it with a less forceful, more confined clone. Specifically, he said:
Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose.
On 16 Jan 2013, Obama continued an attack on the freedom of religion by making the following comment during his Presidential Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day:
“Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose.
Although I am certain that Mr. Obama put forward this sentiment with hopes that all faiths would swoon over the fact that he had mentioned something concerning religion, the effect of this statement (as noted by Jonathan Imbody of the Washington Times) turns an institution and a way of life that can neither be established by government nor can any law prohibit the free exercise thereof into an act (worship) performed in a specific place (a house of worship) for a specific and short amount of time.
Another time, Obama attacked the freedom of religion through a comment made at an end-of-Ramadan dinner (24 July 2013) by saying:
To find a pulpit at one’s service, to profess one’s faith openly and freely, that is really a core American value. And I’m proud to say, as all of us are who are American here, that it is enshrined in our Constitution, and hard fought for. And it has been at the center of our story, our national story, since the 1600s, when a fellow by the name of John Winthrop, who happened to have been my great grandfather eight times removed, led a ship full of religious dissidents across the Atlantic to America in order to seek the freedom of worship.
On July 4, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal, free to think and worship and live as we please; that our destiny would not be determined for us, it would be determined by us. And it was bold and it was brave. And it was unprecedented, it was unthinkable. At that time in human history, it was kings and princes and emperors who made decisions.
How did this concept occur to Mr. Obama? It came about in practice through the laws he supported and other laws he denied:
Obama’s Fight Before the Supreme Court and Against Church Maintaining Biblical Associations in Hiring
For example, James Imbody noted “The administration has argued before the Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC against a religious institution in an attempt to restrict faith-based organizations’ hiring rights.
Obama’s Attack on Marriage
Despite having campaigned during 2012 in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, President Obama determined that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — the law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — to be unconstitutional and directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court.
Obama’s Executive Order on Hiring Protections Based on Sexual Orientation
Fox News reported that President Obama signed an executive order on 21 July 2014 barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations. The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief, and Catholic Charities.
Obama’s Requirement that Nuns’ Pay for Abortion in Violation of the Beliefs
On 9 September 2014, the Obama administration renewed its demand that a Catholic Charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, comply with the HHS abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Obama’s IRS to Monitor Sermons
On 18 July 2014, the IRS settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates. In return, the IRS has agreed to pay closer attention to what is said in houses of worship.