Obama is “the anti-religious freedom president,” Dobson writes in a letter to constituents that is being released online.
Although he starts off citing atheist activist Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and all his public condemnations and court challenges to Christianity, Dobson says Weinstein isn’t the biggest danger to the faithful in America.
“Weinstein, for all his bluster, is not the primary threat to the free expression of religion. Despite the pandering he receives from the mainstream media, the greater danger is posed by our federal government,” Dobson warns.
“It seeks to limit or weaken religious liberty and to ‘fundamentally transform’ this great nation. That was an oft-quoted campaign slogan by candidate Barack Obama during his presidential bid in 2008. We now know what he meant by it,” he said.
“Among other things, he was targeting religious freedom and set about accomplishing that from the beginning. That was the activity to which I objected strenuously during my comments in Washington. I offer no apologies for expressing those views now. The effort to force Christians to violate their consciences must be opposed with all vigor, regardless of the consequences – primarily because it is unconstitutional. Christians are being chastised, dismissed, harangued and sued for daring to practice their deeply held convictions in the public square. Family Talk is among those who have been pressed against a wall,” he writes.
Dobson, through his Family Talk, had fought the Obamacare mandate that employers must pay for abortifacients and the like for their employees, and a federal judge has granted him a preliminary injunction that prevents the application of that portion of the law, or its penalties, for now.
Dobson at that time bluntly backed up his opinion.
“He [Obama] has made it so that every American will have to pay toward the support of abortion,” he said, citing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds that already go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion industry player.
He implored attendees to “keep fighting.”
“We can win. And keep praying because that’s what really made a difference here.”
“During my remarks to the NDOP audience, I quoted something I had written in 2012, which expressed my determination not to be dragged into the bloody business of abortion. President Obama had announced that year through his HHS operatives that every person receiving health insurance would have to pay $12 per year to the government, for allocation to abortion clinics. That was unacceptable to us under any circumstances. I called Barack Obama ‘the abortion president’ that day, which is a role he deliberately crafted for himself,” Dobson writes.
He pointed out Obama’s 2014-2015 budget request of $286 million for Planned Parenthood “and other abortion enterprises. … And do you recall that in the campaign of 2008, the president bragged about having voted 100 percent with the National Abortion Rights Action League. He was proud of it.”
“How can anyone challenge my characterization of Mr. Obama as ‘the abortion president? … He even voted three times in the Illinois state senate not to protect babies who were born alive after surviving botched abortions.”
Dobson recited his pledge, made when the fight over abortion funding was launched by Obama.
“To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion. It would be a violation of my most deeply held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in Scripture. The Creator will not hold us guiltless if we turn a deaf ear to the cries of His innocent babies. So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation. ”
It was a message, he said, the nation needs to hear at a day of prayer event. And he notes he wasn’t even the first.
“A diminutive nun named Mother Teresa was the principal speaker [in 1994],” he said. “We could hardly see her standing behind the podium, located in the center of the platform. This quiet woman took on the U.S. government and the entire abortion movement. She said, ‘Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child . . . Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted. . .’”
Dobson recalled, “Three thousand people stood and cheered as tears streamed down the faces of many in attendance. President and Mrs. Clinton were sitting on Mother Teresa’s right. They looked embarrassed and sullenly sat with their heads down. On the speaker’s left, Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore also sat awkwardly. The little nun finished her remarks and sat down to thunderous applause. ”
No one then chastised Mother Teresa for condemning abortion, he said.
“Then last year, Dr. Ben Carson gave his own impassioned speech at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. It was brilliant and has now been seen by over four million people online. Drawing from four Scripture passages and from our nation’s early history, he said: ‘Why is it so important that we educate our people? Because we don’t want to go down the pathway as so many pinnacle nations that have preceded us. I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading…’”
It then was the Obamas who “sat in awkward silence.”
“Was it inappropriate for Dr. Carson to speak boldly for righteousness at a prayer event? Of course not. And it was not inappropriate for me to speak candidly at the 2014 National Day of Prayer. More than 56 million babies have died by abortion in our land, and yet our president is trying to coerce Christians to join in the killing,” Dobson writes.
“For us, the path you and I must follow is also clear, even if we are threatened by powerful people. If we live, we live, and if we die, we die. We will render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but in no wise will we render unto Caesar that which belongs to God. Every baby, born and unborn, is His and they deserve our love and protection.”
He cited Abraham Lincoln’s March 6, 1860 speech about a wrong – slavery:
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