Obama Graciously Promises Not to Force Churches to Conduct Gay Marriages

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On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court dealing a severe blow to marriage, President Obama stepped forward to assure us he won’t force churches to conduct gay marriages.

“On an issue as sensitive as this,” said Obama, “knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is … vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision … changes that.”

Gee, how gracious of our president.

Funny, but I didn’t know it was within the purview of the president to even begin to countenance forcing churches to conduct gay marriages. I’ve spent 30 years studying, getting a PhD in, and teaching and writing about political science, public policy, American government, and the Constitution. I don’t ever recall the president having that unique power to begin with.

It’s quite revealing that Barack Obama would even consider the mere thought.

gunSpeaking of which, forgive me, Mr. President, if I’m not comforted by your words. This, after all, is the president of the HHS mandate—no champion of religious freedom. Quite the contrary, no president has been worse on religious freedom.

But Obama’s promise is largely irrelevant anyway. First off, Obama wouldn’t get the opportunity to be able to force churches to do gay marriages in the next four years, nor would he need to. Instead, his “progressive” disciples will do the job. That’s the next once-unimaginable level to which they will assuredly progress. They will do so in whatever way is necessary—legislatively, through the IRS, through the media, through Hollywood, through Facebook and Twitter, through bullying, through ridicule, through demonization of churches and denominations. Whatever it takes.

Barack Obama doesn’t need to force churches to conduct gay marriages. His liberal/progressive disciples—in the name of tolerance and freedom—will force them for him. Some churches will acquiesce. Others will not. The Roman Catholic Church will not.

And so, as a Catholic, be prepared for a long period of demonization.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.


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Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Gary

    Great article, Dr. Kengor – thank you. I

  • haubrock

    I was talking with a liberal Episcopalian friend and explaining to her some facts about the priest scandal that she had never heard and about the Church’s stance on homosexuals. Her only response was that she said “I sure do feel like I am being preached to”

    Explaining was preaching because she did not want to hear any opposition that differed from her own opinion.

    Liberals have and odd way of looking at freedom of speech. If we are in the public square and you have a secular voice it is legitimate but if your opinions are formed from your religious point of view then it is illegitimate and you will be accused of forcing your views on another.

    The liberals do the same thing with freedom of religion. Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration continue to use the new-speak phrase “freedom to worship” in place of “freedom of religion”. This distinction is subtle to be sure, but it is
    fundamental. The God-given right of “freedom of religion” gives man the right to preach, evangelize, and confront moral and ethical issues in the public square, while “freedom of worship” relegates religious thought to one’s worship service, eventually even eliminating it from one’s home.

    So I agree with you Paul that we will be bullied and intimidated but the Roman Catholic Church will not submit. However, I am not so convinced that a large portion of the laity will not yield and cause internal problems.

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of us your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.
    Let us pray.
    O God who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant, that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolations.
    Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

  • B. F.

    “Obama Graciously Promises Not to Force Churches to Conduct Gay Marriages”. Since Obama seems to have an issue, being a pathological liar, I’m guessing this is the next battle to be fought; that is clergy being forced to conduct gay marriages. It is going to get ugly.

  • BillinJax

    This is just another example of the arrogance of our self absorbed political pontiff who believes he has been enthroned by the New World Order power of the benevolent secular progressives to rule and regulate those who have not yet bowed to their god of governmental subsidies and foolishly still cling to our guns, bibles, and outdated Judeo-Christian principles and values.

    It is clear to see the assumption and conclusion is that we need a little more time to understand we no longer have the freedom of decent and his dogma of deliverance from those traditions of our past must eventually be accepted willfully or the persecutions will continue and multiply.

    The prevalence of this liberal revolution to revise our allegiances
    encompasses the entire landscape of his administration. Every value whether
    within our spiritual faith or the documents of the republic given to us by the
    founding fathers is under the test of a regime of relativity to which it must
    comply! Can we not see that our Legislature, Courts¸ Justice Department, and Executive office controlled by a democratic party which reluctantly stopped short of
    removing all mention of God in their platform have been corrupted and now can
    do as they please, unopposed and admired by a virtual state run media, ignoring
    and subverting the very laws they are sworn to uphold?

    It is no wonder this pitiful POTUS has the audacity to pretend he can act as a king of kindness and offer us a morsel of mercy on his behalf while we adjust to his absolute authority.

  • Pamela

    No, the legitimate authority of the Roman Catholic Church will not conduct so-called “marriage” of same-sex couples. But too many pew-sitters and, tragically, clergy will happily go along with the idea that homosexual “marriage” is really OK. In my opinion, this abomination could easily find its way to our altar and probably already has. Please, everyone, let your prayers be unceasing for our Church.

  • Dwan


  • Lee

    It is awesome that we have so much to be grateful for. Here we are, being told what we are going to do and not do by people we put in power to do good things for us; and the possibilities have gone to their heads with cold hearts.We are grateful for our opportunity to change the circumstances just by our personal actions through praying, voting and speaking. It is time to stop reacting with waiting to see if things are going to get better. We have God on our side for ACTION, but if we do not believe this, we will continue to just wait it out and take what we get, blaming it on someone or something else, when it all depends on us alone.Pray the Rosary .Get yourself and your family started, and get to know your governmental candidates. We Catholics have got to stop being led by the devil and start following God’s Will. Nothing good happens if we do not expect the best, and God has always wanted the best for us.

  • kirk

    BF- I am appalled as anyone here for what seems to be a systematic attack on morality and the church, and i will continue to vote against any person or law of this kind. But, BF, for you to say that Obama is a “pathological liar” without proof that he never speaks truth on any subject, is also morally wrong – for you. If you have never told a lie, then feel free to cast the stone – but, i think you will simply drop it and walk away in silence. I don’t remember who said it, but there is the quote, “There is no accusor so dreadful…than the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.” Think about that and refrain from making accusations that can never be proven by you, for someday you could be the target of smear on your integrity. As Catholics we may disagree with our polititions, but not falsely accuse them based on frivolous perceptions.

  • Poppiexno

    Being a pathological liar and telling the truth in some instances are not inconsistent. Of course Obama would agree that he is a man, that he is married with children and that he is President of the United States. I’m no psychiatist but the man has so consistently lied and misled on so many subjects in so many instances, I have to ask – where does pathology begin?

  • kirk

    Pop- Do you think everything you don’t agree with is a lie? That is, he intentionally told as fact what he clearly knew was false? And, how do you know that?

  • ClintLowell

    He can not raise his hand above God’s anyways … he can not force the Church to do anything …

  • ClintLowell

    Any Church that bow’s to Obama is not the Church anyways … “We have no king but Caesar ….. “

  • BillinJax

    It is hard for any us who are trying to be good Catholics
    and faithful Christians to watch our president gradually destroying not only
    our economy and constitution but also undermining the goodwill of our country
    and the Christian heritage which built this great nation.

    One would have hoped that prior to the 2012 election his
    true identity as a political fraud and his not so secret secular progressive
    agenda would have been revealed though his promise to be the most transparent
    administration in our history. That promise¸ like all the others under his
    Marxist umbrella of hope and change never materialized for us.

    But certainly enough of his plan to move us from the radical
    liberalism of Pelosi and Reid we were faced with to full blown Communist
    infancy under his version of confiscate the wealth and spread it around through
    a socialist regime had become evident to any of us paying attention. Moreover,
    his true unworthiness was plainly right in front of us in 2008 but many,
    blinded by the media and Catholics dignitaries cautioning us to beware of
    voting against the possibility of having our first Black president or be
    labeled a racist¸ refused to understand that a politician who willingly helped
    contrive and manipulate laws which prohibited life saving care to infants born
    alive after a botched abortion then voted three times to see that those laws
    would not be overturned had no place in the minds of undecided Catholic voters.

    We are taught to love our enemies and do good to those who
    hurt you and I believe this to be true. So I think it is appropriate that we
    contemplate on this and think of our president especially when we pray the Our
    Father reciting “as we forgive those who trespass against us” and during rosary
    when reciting “and lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of
    thy divine mercy” so that we fulfill our spiritual obligations in that regard.
    But we also have our duty as the Church Militant to take the opportunity to in
    truth compassionately expose every reason why he occupies such a position in
    our thoughts and prayers.

  • B. F.

    Kirk I respect your opinion. But I stand FIRMLY by my accusation. To be pathological in anything mean excessive; it doesn’t necessarily mean consistent. And the things that Obama has lied about are important; #1 – e.g. being a U.S Citizen. This is an instance (for the office of the president) where one is guilty (not a U.S. born citizen) until proven innocent. And Barrack Obama has not proven he is a U.S. born citizen. The “so-called” birth certificate submitted for the public viewing has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is a forgery, a fake! #2 – Obama promised to honor that a marriage as between one man and one woman and not to change that. He not only lied about that, he is heavily pushing (to the point of bribery and extortion) to states who deem marriage, by law, as a traditional one between a man and a woman. #3 – The abortion issue. He promised that he would make abortion rare and not needed. He even admonished abortion in his first campaign. Now he is FORCING those who believe that abortion is wrong by mere natural law (not to mention religious beliefs), to provide for abortion and contraception. He has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It is a guarantee that our society will fall (it’s already on its way down) because of these last two items.
    I can’t list every lie he has spoken in the public arena. They are too lengthy to list here. But these three listed above are enough to mistrust our president. So again I affirm my statement that Barrack Obama is a pathological liar. And I also stand firm that I am, although not perfect as you (Kirk) seem to be, a Catholic in good standing and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. This opinion I have does not mar that.

  • Poppiexno

    In answer to your first question – of course not. I do have to admit he told the truth in at least one important instance: he said he wanted to fundamentally change the US. He has done a great deal in that regard.
    In answer to the second question, I invite you to follow closely the implementation of the so-called Obamacare act. Space is limited here but if you actually read the act, you will find provisions in it that are counter to his statements.
    Then there is Benghazi. Despite ample evidence to the contrary, members of HIS administration persisted in claiming the attack was a spontaneous response to a film. You may rejoin that these statements were not made by Obama. But – they are answerable to him. If he knew they were lying, he had a responsibility to correct the record otherwise he is complicit. So, if he did not know they were lying what does that say about his competence and his zeal to uncover and report the truth?
    His Attorney General has, I believe, been found in contempt of Congress. Yet Holder remains in office. What does that say about Obama’s zeal for truth? One can lie with silence.

  • lightedlamp97

    We are our brothers keeper. That being said, too many Catholics are asleep. Wake up!! We have the right to and responsibility to spread truth. Contraception has blinded this nation. We have become like the frog in boiling water, tolerant to our death.

  • Valentine Angel

    Good article! I agree with you, Doctor, except for one thing: there IS a place where he can try to force clergy to perform those “unions,” and that is in the military. When you sign that piece of paper, you sign your life away. They’ve already allowed common use chapels to hold devil worshiping and wiccan services. I read an article a few days ago where an Air Force officer is getting kicked out for not going along with the gay agenda on his unit, he wouldn’t condemn another guy for making discriminatory remarks because the guy actually didn’t. The article is at the NewAmerican.com. When I was in, I was discriminated against because I wouldn’t go through special training to facilitate abortions. If the ACA isn’t repealed, people are going to have to stand up for their faith far more than they ever imagined because the laws are so intrusive and pervasive. People need to watch A Man For All Seasons (again)!
    Anyway, thanks and God Bless.

  • BillinJax

    And the people were led to say “Give us Barrack!”

  • JMC

    You are so right! Fortunately – for me, anyway – my military service ended years before DADT became the rule in the military, but the way things are going, the time is coming when any Christian who joins the military is putting his soul in grave danger.
    And, hey, someone correct me if I’m wrong, but if they’re using those chapels for devil worship and wiccan services, aren’t they no longer fit for the Mass? Don’t they have to be re-consecrated before a Mass can be celebrated there?

  • James1225

    Why does it always come down to contraception being some kind of root of all evils?

  • lightedlamp97

    In response to James 1225:

    Contraception is the ultimate manifestation of man’s will over God’s will. Looking at this issue through science, there are new studies that exist that indicate that if a child is conceived with artificial contraception present (the birth control bill, or the like) it could be the “why” behind the alarming new rates of homosexuality in our country. We are evolving in ways that have altered our course of fate. For even if you have no awareness that contraception is wrong…there are consequences for it. It separates us from God. It’s like looking through a glass that’s covered with a coating, it’s no longer clear. God created us so meticulously, when we play God the end result is flawed. How can people ponder the questions that are arising in our nation through lenses that are cloudy? Artificial contraception kills more babies in our country than abortion ever could. It has created an environment that is hostile to the family, allowed mothers to be displaced, and spoon fed feminism. Let us not forget how many Catholics voted for this president. Now, we must focus our energies at removing this barrier. It’s as simple as saying, “have you read the package insert on those pills you’re taking, you would never take them if you did!” Artificial contraception and altering our bodies in ways to assure that no baby will exist in any way shape or form, changes hearts, destroys marriage, objectifies everyone, and allows people like President Obama to get into office in the first place. It is the root of all our evils. We must pray that God will have mercy on us and if you are in a state of grace you must move to the front lines. Now is the time to engage in the fallen world around you. People respond to love, speak to a mother soon after she’s given birth to a child…there is a special grace in that time. Talk to you coworker before he goes to have the vasectomy that he’s told the whole office he’s getting. Every where you go, people are talking about how they control themselves. You will have plenty of opportunities to change the world if you have courage and are rooted in prayer. God bless you!

  • chaco

    God (Truth/ Peace) + 1 = A Majority A day with “The Sheperd” is worth more than a lifetime with “lost sheep”. Waiting for our reward to come after death makes the torture of persecution seemingly overwhelming. Remember; “The Kingdom is at hand (within you)… “beyond all understanding” (Lk. 17: 21 and Phil. 4: 7). Marian Devotion supplies a Divinely significant advantage over christian bretheren without it. I’m taking the “Secret Recipe” from Fatima revelations with me into persecutions; “Make reparation for outrages committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary” (console Mama) . ie; “Rejoice Queen Mother, Your Son our God has gone into the depths of darkness & illumined it with * The Victory of Divine Mercy*. It has penetrated the hardness of our selfish-vanity and softened our hearts into praise & thanks for God [ who longs to share His Glorious Love with us ].

  • Paul

    Government has no business having any position whatsoever on marriage. It is CLEARLY a religious sacrament. The involvement of government in any way violates the Constitutional separation of church and state. The government shouldn’t be issuing marriage licenses, nor should marriage be considered as a tax status. If there is to be equality under the law, the only real consideration should be given to the coincidental financial impact of having dependents or caring for those who cannot care for themselves. In circumstances of death or incapacity, every person should legally designate who can see them or who can make decisions on their behalf as soon as they are an adult. Making those types of decisions is an indication of what we understand as adulthood, after all. However, this also means that if a particular religion wants to marry homosexuals, the government cannot intervene. Like it or not, that is a consequence of having a free society. Besides, doesn’t having faith mean believing that those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be brought along in due time and according to God’s will? What is everybody so afraid of? Calm yourselves, quit worrying, take heart and have a little courage. Do you think that evil actually wins? – Lol, Ye of little faith. Anyway, I think government should just be relieved of the matter entirely. The Constitution, in fact, demands it. You should demand it of your legislators. In fact, it would be entirely appropriate.