Is Obama 'quenching America's sacred fire'

Friday, January 17, 2014
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A senior fellow with the Family Research Council says the Obama administration has greatly undermined religious liberty – both home and abroad – and in the process weakened American foreign policy.

Ken Blackwell is the senior fellow for family empowerment at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. The former secretary of state for Ohio also serves on the faculty of the Liberty University School of Law, and is a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union.


"I believe that history may record that the Obama administration is the most anti-Christian, anti-Israel administration in United States history," he tells OneNewsNow.

In a recent column in which he accuses of the president "quenching America's sacred fire," Blackwell appeals to the administration to change course because he believes religious freedom is the most important of human rights and that without it people exist only as political or economic entities – not as free individuals.

Blackwell believes the ObamaCare mandates on people of faith provide a good example, as does the president's omitting any mention of God in speeches and limiting religious freedom in the military.

Looking abroad, the FRC fellow contends President Obama "has been the least supportive of religious liberty as a real strong part of our foreign policy."

The White House supported and provided financial aid to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which was finally ousted by the people – but ignored was the persecution of Coptic Christians in the same country.

Religious freedom, concludes Blackwell, is a sacred right and "an integral part of American exceptionalism. It is what makes us free," he says, "because we believe that our human rights come from God, not from government."

Blackwell says it can be turned around but people of faith need to push back when government steps on our human rights and that's starting now.

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