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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Attacks on Religious Freedom Remind Us of Vietnam

Recently, I came across an alarming article by Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas. Johnson was a fighter pilot in the Air Force who served in the Vietnam War and spent almost seven years as a prisoner of war. He endured torture and nearly four years of solitary confinement. He is a decorated war hero whose honors include two Purple Hearts. Johnson is troubled by the Obama administration’s abuse of power and brazen disregard for traditional American rights.

During last year’s U.S. government shutdown, some U.S. military priests were threatened with arrest if they ministered to their parishioners. Congressman Johnson says that threatening members of our military if they worship reminds him of the strict orders to him and his fellow POWs in Vietnam prisons not to hold worship services. When they defied this order, they were tortured. But rules during the shutdown are only a small part of the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty. Rep. Sam Johnson also mentioned Obamacare and the HHS mandate. We should be very thankful for the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, but that case should never have gone so far. Johnson points out that Obamacare and its mandates are also an assault on private enterprise. In America, we’ve always been free to work where we want and manage our businesses how we want. This is what sets us apart from the Communists whom Congressman Sam Johnson fought in Vietnam.

I hope you won’t brush off Congressman Sam Johnson’s words as hyperbole. I find his observations very troubling. He’s seen firsthand a country without freedom, and the fact that he can make comparisons to today’s America is truly alarming. The lawlessness of our current administration will have consequences for our way of life in many ways; and the restrictions on religious liberty are some of the most dangerous.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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