Your Feb. 29 political cartoon has the wrong people holding the banner that reads, “There should be no church/state separation.” It’s not Rick Santorum nor the Taliban, but Barack Obama and his radical secularist administration that is violating the Constitution by crossing the line between church and state.

His is the first U.S. administration in our 200-plus-year history to impose its “values” on Christian institutions.

With their anti-religious mandate, Obama and Kathleen Sebelius would make the perfect couple holding that banner.

Religious freedom and conscience rights are natural rights enshrined in the Constitution. Obama and Sebelius do not confer them and must not be allowed to force people to violate them.

The 10th Amendment was added to the Constitution because many feared that the new national government might try to use powers it had not been given. This amendment made it clear that the federal government was to have only those powers given to it by the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, warned that, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

Obama’s mandate is what Pope Benedict XVI warned against, in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est: “The state which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself — a state which regulates and controls everything.”

Thousands of religious leaders of all faiths, seeing the danger, have joined the bishops in fighting against this tyrannical unconstitutional mandate. Paraphrasing Protestant Mike Huckabee, we’re all Catholics now.

Ron J. Stauble Sr.


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