Whose Higher Power?

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Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr, in their book No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom, make a clarion case that freedom of religion in America is endangered.

“[President Obama] seems to want to get rid of religion in any public place or public school or public institution and to keep it behind the four walls of your own church,” Schlafly said at the Bloggers Briefing on Tuesday, July 24. “Our book is not based on what we speculate about what [Obama's] inner beliefs might be. It’s based on his actual beliefs and actions.”

Schlafly, who is the founder of the Eagle Forum and who has been a renowned conservative crusader for the past 50 years, noted that many of Obama’s actions while in office, such as neglecting to mention “Creator” when reciting the Declaration of Independence and refusing to observe the national day of prayer, are part of the organized attempt to secularize America. Schlafly also mentioned the President’s appointment of such anti-religious judges as Virginia’s Michael Urbanski who tried to censor the first four of the Ten Commandments.

“Obama doesn’t want to recognize any power higher than the federal government, particularly the executive branch,” Schlafly said. Neumayr, who is a contributing editor to The American Spectator, quoted President Obama as saying that “religion is a consolation for the bitter in the small towns of America.” Obama’s plan, according to Neumayr, is for America to move away from religion and elevate government as the supreme law of the land.

Richard Thompson is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.

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