Obama’s Intrusion on Freedom of Religion


As gay marriage has become legal in various states and since the President has refused to enforce the law, specifically DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, religions that do believe marriage is between a man and a woman will possibly face charges of racial discrimination.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan has warned President Obama that the Justice Department’s argument that federal courts should hold that opposing same-sex marriage is the legal equivalent of racial discrimination will precipitate an enormous nationwide conflict between church and state.

Holder’s latest foray into stupidity will eliminate that aspect of freedom of religion which believes that marriage is between a man and a woman or there will be a modern day religious war and persecution.

At the White House on Monday, CNS News.com asked Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, recently wrote a letter, Sept. 20, to the president in which he said that for the administration and the Justice Department to equate support for DOMA with unconstitutional discrimination would — quoting from the letter – ‘precipitate a national conflict between church and state.’ Does the president support fully the DOJ and HHS policies that some Catholic leaders take issues with?”

Without addressing the letter from Dolan directly, Carney repeated the president’s support for not defending DOMA, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Carney said that Obama “supports the policies of his administration. He supports the position we’ve taken on not defending DOMA. So I’m not sure what positions–.”

CNSNews.com then followed up by referencing the case of Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in which the Justice Department has filed a brief arguing that DOMA should be struck down as a form of sexual orientation discrimination.

Carney said, “I’m not familiar with that. I would refer you to Justice.”

New York’s Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan in photo left.

According to the USCCB’s analysis of the Justice Department’s argument in the Golinski case–which Archbishop Dolan attached to his letter to the president–the administration’s argument compares DOMA “in effect to racially discriminatory laws.”

Further, “[i]n particular, the Administration’s efforts to change the law—in all three branches of the federal government—so that support for authentic marriage is treated as an instance of ‘sexual orientation discrimination,’ will threaten to spawn a wide range of legal sanctions against individuals and institutions within the Catholic community, and in many others as well,” says the USCCB analysis.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Dolan’s letter has gone unheeded by Obama.