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by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret.), Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress

(Sep. 25, 2015) — When Pope Francis arrived in the United States, despite the fact that the left-of-center liberal media establishment has been reporting for many days how his visit would somehow be very negative for Republicans seeking their nomination for the presidency, that the visit would be very good for Obama, Progressives, Socialists, and Leftists in the Democratic Party because of his heartfelt views on climate change and his support for immigration, Pope Francis simply shredded the continued misleading reports trying to shape public opinion in favor of Obama—-he spoke of the love of Jesus Christ, the importance of the family, his support for traditional marriage, nurturing and protecting life in all stages of development, his opposition to abortion, sharing the gospel, welcoming immigrants, and compassion for the less fortunate.  One of Pope Francis’s major messages was in support of the U.S. Constitution that the press has been ignoring and Obama continues violating:

Freedom of Religion

The U.S. Armed Forces has been laboring under the relentless attacks by the Obama administration on their God-given right under the U.S. Constitution of “Freedom of Religion” which continues to be violated by civilian appointees of the Obama administration in the Department of Defense.  Since it is a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the actions of those civilian appointees in DOD should be prosecuted in U.S. Federal Court by Republican leaders of the House and Senate.  Those relentless attacks have manifested themselves in many different ways over the nearly seven years Obama has been in office which the left-of-center liberal media establishment has been covering up from the American people.

Some of those examples are as follows: 

The religious right of chaplains to read letters from their Cardinals in the pulpit to their parishioners in the U.S. Armed Forces is being forbidden.  A chaplain was punished for using verses from the Bible to provide sustenance and soothing in a suicide prevention class for Combat Veterans with PTSD.  Chaplains have been ordered not to distribute Bibles to returning wounded Combat Veterans as they once did unless a Bible is specifically requested by a wounded service member.  Chaplains have been forced to have same-sex marriages in their chapels despite the fact that their well-held religious beliefs and teachings do not approve of those ceremonies.  Chaplains in VA Hospitals have been ordered to cover the altar with the cross with plastic opaque covers by VA Officials in Washington.  Each Christmas progressives attack nativity scenes that were once displayed on military bases and have changed the “Merry Christmas” message to “Happy Holidays.”   Although it is against military regulations to promote political views on military bases, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) personnel are encouraged to hold “Gay Pride Month” events on every military base including the Pentagon.  The Color Guard of the U.S. Armed Forces and military personnel in uniform have been ordered to march in “Gay Pride Parades” even though it is against military regulations.  The display of religious verses on computers, desks, and the presence of Bibles have been forbidden at a service member’s work space by new regulations.  SMSgt Philip Monk, USAF was relieved of duty by his lesbian CO after refusing to compromise his Christian views on homosexuality.  Gay males and bisexual personnel have been recruited into the U.S. Armed Forces resulting in the sexual assault on 11,000 straight males last year.   Obama is the first Commander-in-Chief who has refused to protect the “Freedom of Religion” of members of the US Armed Forces; for 239 years, every other President of the United States has always guaranteed the “Freedom of Religion” of members of the US Armed Forces.

For nearly seven years, there has been no outrage expressed by the Obama administration condemning the barbaric genocide of hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Assyrian Christians and the violation of their “Freedom of Religion” by radical Islamic terrorists in the Middle East (ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists created by the Muslim Brotherhood).  However, Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Royal Family in England, the UK Prime Minister, the King of Jordan, the President of Egypt, the President of Kurdistan, the Prime Minister of Japan, The President of Russia, the Prime Minister of Australian, President George W. Bush, Reverend Billy Graham, the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Prime Ministers of every NATO nation, the Prime Minister of Israel, religious leaders of every Christian denomination throughout the world, the current list of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States, 51 Congressmen who petitioned Obama to protect the Assyrian Christians being murdered in the Middle East, many US Senators, Christians worldwide, and the Secretary General of the United Nations have all expressed their revulsion of the barbaric genocide carried out.  Those world leaders have all raised their voices in unison to demand that the bloody genocide of Syrian and Assyrian Christians by crucifixions, beheading, burning alive, burying them alive, cutting children in half, shooting families in mass graves, raping and murdering young Christian girls, and selling Christian women into slavery be stopped.  To date Obama has refused to condemn the wholesale genocide of Christians.  He is the only major national leader in the free world nation who has not called for a cessation of the genocide of Christians by radical Islamic terrorists.  Obama’s failure, for the last four years, to condemn the genocide of Christians in the Middle East and call for their  “Freedom of Religion” in the Middle East is deafening and contrary to the vocal opposition of Pope Francis and all the other above-listed world leaders. 

The goal of Progressivism, Communism and Socialism has always been to destroy religion; they tried to destroyed Christianity in China, Russia, Cuba, East Germany, and the other Soviet Bloc nations during the Cold War.  They tried to do so because religious freedom has always been critical to the functioning of every Democracy; the citizen’s belief in religion contributes significantly toward the rule of law, to a stable citizenry, and to a civil society.  For the past 239 years, millions of Americans regularly attended a church or a synagogue of their choosing, where they were taught by their religious leaders about God and the scriptures, whose teachings they believed in, because they trusted their religious leaders.

Democracy in the Republic has worked for 239 years because the American citizens voluntarily chose to obey the laws. People were not only accommodating the Republic’s laws and operating in an ordered society, but by obeying civil laws, they were also accommodating their belief in a righteous God.  If Progressives, Socialists, Leftists and Communists can sufficiently minimize or eliminate religion in the US, society can’t possibly hire enough police officers to maintain law and order—the goal of those forces.  Progressives, Leftists, Socialists, and Communists, who are the allies of Obama in the US, and the left-of-center liberal media establishment have collectively and relentlessly attacked religious teachings and beliefs because “religion is one of the main pillar of a stable democracy.”  Now not only is religion in the military under attack by the agents of the Obama administration, but police officers and the US Justice System in the nation are also under attack by those same agents who are intent on destabilizing the Republic.

Without religion, democracy will die; please watch the video comments by Harvard Professor Clay Christensen (it is only 90 seconds long):


The American people were so very fortunate to have Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ, grace the United States with his presence at this important period in the Republic’s history, and to hear his religious messages promoting the world views of the Catholic Church, and most importantly:

Freedom of Religion

God Bless Pope Francis and God Bless America!

Copyright 2015, Capt. Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. This material can only be posted on another website or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission from the author. 

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt              USN(Ret)

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8


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