Looks like the Obama Administration’s war on religion has awakened the sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve (with all due respect to Admiral Yamamoto).
Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom.
The protests are expected to include priests and nuns and thousands of Catholic parishioners. Some activists expect civil disobedience, which could lead to powerful images of priests and nuns being led away in hand restraints.
Mind you, I’m not just talking about the contraception mandate, though that’s undeniably a large part of it. But there was also the little-reported attempt by the Obama Administration’s EEOC to dictate to a Lutheran church who they must hire, which was smacked down very hard by the Supreme Court, in an extremely rare 9-0 decision.
And Republicans think it could be a very bad image for the President:
“These would be devastating images for the Obama administration,” said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist. “You have a very important religious demographic coming out in protest of Obama’s policies and being arrested for their expression. These images would be politically damaging for the president’s campaign.”
They’re also considering reaching out to other Christian denominations:
And the conference could go beyond protests — it has also discussed working with evangelical Christian groups on a broader public relations campaign that could include television and radio ads.
Can you imagine the impact of Catholics and small-p protestant groups working together to run ads explaining Obama’s war on religion to the American voters? Given Mr. and Mrs. America’s beliefs about Jesus, that could really impact swing states:
Steven Wagner, the president of QEV Analytics, a polling firm that recently conducted a survey for The Catholic Association, said religion could emerge as a sleeper issue in the election: “Everyone says this election is about the economy. I can see the issue of religious liberty being what decides the race. If Obama continues to lose Catholics by the margin the Pew poll suggests, that means he could lose the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Iowa.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, let’s remember that some Democrats opposed this mandate when it came out. Talk about really swinging swing states. The whole mandate seems to be a colossal mistake on the part of The One, and he and his inner circle are far too narcissistic to ever admit that they were wrong and back away from it, so he’s stuck with the fallout, and it’s not over yet.