Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial
By Todd Starnes, from FoxNews.com
Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson’s, R-Ohio, bill — the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.”
“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation’s distinguished World War II veterans,” Johnson said. “President Roosevelt’s prayer gave solace, comfort and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression.”
Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer as U.S. and allied troops launched the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He asked God to give the allied troops courage and faith, saying, “With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.”
But Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, said any plaque or inscription of the prayer would “dilute” the memorial’s central message and therefore “should not be altered.”
“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors,” Abbey said in written testimony.
Abbey explained to lawmakers that altering the memorial would be contrary to the Commemorative Works Act — a law that prohibits “encroachment by a new commemoration on a existing one.” It also respects the design of the “completed work of civic art without alteration or addition of new elements.”
Johnson told Fox News that the administration’s objection should “give all Americans a great deal of concern.”
“For there to be objections to demonstrating a faith in God at critical points in our nation’s history — particularly D-Day — boggles my mind,” Johnson said. “I was very surprised they were going to object.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said it’s not all that surprising.
“This is further evidence that the administration has created an environment that is hostile towards American history — but in particular towards Christianity,” Perkins told Fox News. “I hope America wakes up and realizes what this administration is doing to this country and how they want to radically and fundamentally change America.”
“They want to erase every aspect of America’s heritage,” Perkins said of Obama’s administration. “Christianity, is no longer welcome in this administration. That’s the environment they are creating.”
Dr. Pinna says:
Religion or simply the belief in God, is being indelibly erased from American life. The mention of God is becoming a thing of the past.
This is not only happening in America but also in Europe. It is well known that it is almost a “Sin” to be religious in Europe or the USA. But, strangely, the religion that is being suppressed is Christianity.
No one would dare say a word about suppressing Judaism or Islam. These two religions have sincere believers with no room for doubters. Mentioning God with these two religions is not only acceptable but preferred.
Why Christianity is being suppressed has something to do with a new type of morality called Materialism. The new Christian God is Money–not Love or Righteousness.
There is still a fear amongst Christians that the Christian Churches and their religious leaders will dominate the secular states. This was the case two centuries ago, but now the opposite is occurring.
The secular states are very busy erasing all vestiges of Christianity whilst looking the other way as Judaism and Islam grow. This is creating an underground antagonism between people of all faiths.
The term “God” is not a religion. It is a representation of the essence of a spiritual universe.
Modern governments must not take a forceful position in this area by denying such beliefs to one group and allowing such beliefs for the more fervent believers in other groups.
The Christians of today are quiet for the moment. But those governments that believe that Christians will be quiet and subservient forever do not know human nature.