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Protestant, Catholic, Jewish Chaplains Gave Their Lives to Save Others on Four Chaplains Day

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H/T Saving Our Future. 

John 15:13King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. 55104d8a-a3a1-4eaf-9e40-59d9bc78d0f6

At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport’s flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck.

It sank in 27 minutes.

88b5d67c-8ba3-4642-9684-90265310c795The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche and Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors.

In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life jackets.

When there were no more life jackets, the four chaplains ripped off their own and put them on four young men.

L – R) Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish

L – R) Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish

As the ship went down, survivors floating in rafts could see the four chaplains linking arms and bracing themselves on the slanting deck.

They bowed their heads in prayer as they sank to their icy deaths.

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Survivor Grady Clark wrote:

“As I swam away from the ship, I looked back. The flares had lighted everything. The bow came up high and she slid under. The last thing I saw, the Four Chaplains were up there praying for the safety of the men. They had done everything they could. I did not see them again. They themselves did not have a chance without their life jackets.”

Congress honored them by declaring this “Four Chaplains Day.”

On February 7, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower spoke from  the White House for the American Legion ‘Back-to-God’ 71a62ae9-970a-450b-ab7e-46663a3cf7ab-214x140Program:

“And we remember that, only a decade ago, aboard the transport Dorchester, four chaplains of four faiths together willingly sacrificed their lives so that four others might live. In the three centuries that separate the Pilgrims of the Mayflower from the chaplains of the Dorchester, America’s freedom, her courage, her strength, and her progress have had their foundation in faith…”

And we remember that, only a decade ago, aboard the transport Dorchester, four chaplains of four faiths together willingly sacrificed their lives so that four others might live. In the three centuries that separate the Pilgrims of the Mayflower from the chaplains of the Dorchester, America’s freedom, her courage, her strength, and her progress have had their foundation in faith…”

4952c547-49ac-4a2b-9640-fa137ad152e9Eisenhower continued:

“Today as then, there is need for positive acts of renewed recognition that faith is our surest strength, our greatest resource. This ‘Back to God’ movement is such a positive act… Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us… Together we thank the Power that has made and preserved us a nation. By the millions, we speak prayers, we sing hymns-and no matter what their words may be, their spirit is the same-‘In God is Our Trust.’”

Eisenhower stated in his address:

“As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

First published at American Minute

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Absurd: Military Priests Not Permitted to Serve Mass Due to Shutdown

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This is from Town Hall.

Who in the Hell does Comrade Obama think he is?

This sounds like the work of a Banana Republican tin horn thug.

This is a clear violation of the Catholic priests First Amendmendment Rights.

 

 

 

While the Obama administration has not quite been known for its respect to freedom of religion, their latest action is borderline insanity: due to the government shutdown, priests contracted by the military are forbidden from serving Mass–even if they want to do it for free.

From CatholicVote (emphasis theirs):

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.

If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.

Approximately one quarter of the military is Catholic, but only eight percent of military chaplains are Catholic priests.

This is just absolutely crazy. If a priest would like to say Mass for free, they should be able to. To prevent them from doing so is a violation of the First Amendment. The government is clearly using the shutdown to inflict as much pain as possible, even when it is completely unnecessary.

 

US Army labels Evangelicals, Catholics religious extremists

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This is from Bizpac Review.

I resent being called a religious extremists.

The Religion of Peace is the extremists.

No one in the Evangelical Community advocates killing our female relatives because they are out without a male family member.

 The Catholic Church does not recommend murdering their members 

for leaving the Catholic faith.

Islam says this and more.

U.S. Army reserve unit in Pennsylvania lumped Catholicism and evangelical Christianity along with Hamas and al-Qaida as examples ofreligious extremism during an Equal Opportunity training brief.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty disagrees.

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“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said its executive director, Ron Crews, Fox News reported. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”

Oddly, the Army also listed “Islamophobia” as an example of religious extremism, which, of course, is not a religion, but a fear.

Fox News contracted Army spokesman George Wright regarding the incident. He advised the agency that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

“This slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” he said. “It was produced by an individual without anyone in the chain of command’s knowledge or permission.”

The program’s presenter apologized and removed the slide after someone complained.

“We consider the matter closed,” Wright said.

The presentation first came to light by a participant who “considers himself an evangelical Christian and did not appreciate being classified with terrorists,” Crews told Fox News.

“There was a pervasive attitude in the presentation that anything associated with religion is an extremist.”

Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes wrote that “The Archdiocese for the Military Services was shocked to learn that the Army considered Catholicism to be an example of extremism.”

Given that Catholicism is the world’s oldest form of Christianity, I can well imagine.

extremeists sign“The Archdiocese is astounded that Catholics were listed alongside groups that are, by their very mission and nature, violent and extremist,” the Archdiocese said in a statement.
They are calling for the Defense Department to “ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform.”

It took very little digging to discover that the presenter, not an expert in the subject matter, got her information from an internet search — primarily from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Why is there such dependence upon the work of the SPLC to determine hate groups and extremist groups,” Crews said. “It appears that some military entities are using definitions of ‘hate’ and ‘extreme’ from the lists of anti-Christian political organizations. That violates the apolitical stance appropriate for the military.”

We used to refer to the future as “a brave new world,” from the title of an Aldous Huxley novel. There’s nothing “brave” about religious bigotry, and there;s nothing “new” about hate and distrust.

 

 

Harkin: Free Birth Control Mandated Because Women ‘Have Terrible Menstrual Cramps’

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This is from CNSNews.

After reading this article all I can say is WTF are you saying Senator?

Even for a DemocRat your ramblings are in the twilight zone.

CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today justified what the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called an “unjust and illegal mandate” that forces Catholic business owners to provide coverage for free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs because, Harkin said, some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual pain.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work,” said Harkin. “I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor.”

In an interview with CNSNews.com, Harkin at no time contested that the regulation required Catholics to act against their faith. Instead, he likened forcing a Catholic to purchase health insurance that covers sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to forcing Quakers to pay taxes to cover a war.

“It’s like a Quaker who pays income taxes,” said Harkin.   “They have to pay income taxes.  Quakers, as you know, have unalterably been opposed to war and military spending.  Yes, some of their taxes have to go to that.”

The “preventive services” regulation, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), goes into effect on Aug. 1. It mandates that nearly all health insurance plans must offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.

More than 40 Catholic entities and business owners have filed suit against the mandate arguing that it violates the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion by forcing Catholics to buy and/or provide health plans that violate Catholic teaching.

Last Friday, a federal judge in Colorado issued a temporary injunction stopping the Obama administration from enforcing the regulation against Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business owned by a Catholic family.

During a press conference on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Harkin, “The Catholic Bishops have unanimously declared this regulation to be an ‘illegal and unjust mandate.’  A judge on Friday issued an injunction, in Colorado, stopping it from being enforced on a Catholic small business owner.  Do you believe that the federal government has a moral right to force Catholic small business owners to act against their faith?”

Harkin said, “What I do believe is that the Obama administration carved out a very sensible, sort of middle ground exception to this, in which churches, religious organizations, certainly are exempted from this, but for-profit businesses, a broad variety, they don’t have to pay in if they don’t want to for the individual, but they do have to pay into the health care and it’s up to the insurance companies whether or not they want to carry this as a provision. So, I think the exception that the Obama administration come up with is sensible.”

“I think we also have to keep in mind, a lot of times we talk about birth control or contraception, many times for many young women of child bearing age, it’s not just to prevent a birth, or prevent a pregnancy,” he said.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work.”

“I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor,” said Harkin.  “Are we now being told that a woman has to take that prescription from a doctor, and take it and show it to her employer?  Or show it to her insurance company about what the diagnosis is?  You wouldn’t ask anyone to do that.  I wouldn’t ask any woman to do that. So, I think that we have to move ahead on this.”

Harkin continued, “I don’t know what the outcome of this case in Colorado is going to be, I know it’s a preliminary injunction while the case, while it’s decided. I don’t know all the facts of the case, I just don’t, but I do believe that we have carved out, the Obama administration carved out a viable exception for religious organizations, churches.”

Contrary to Harkin’s assertions, the religious “exemption” in the HHS regulation applies only to religious organizations organized under the section of the tax code reserved for churches per se. It does not apply to Catholic hospitals, schools or charities, or to individual Catholic workers or business owners. Nor does it apply to insurance companies.

Under Obamacare, all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must purchase government-approved health-care plans for their workers or face steep penalties and all individuals must purchase health insurance whether they run their own business or work for somebody else.

 

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