Hating America: Obama Style – Catholic Version
The Current Government shutdown has become nothing more than any exercise in hatred. From barricading the National Mall Memorials to closing National Parks, the childish vindictiveness coming from the White House rivals any two-year old’s temper tantrum.
But as we all watch Veterans tear down barricades and citizens toss traffic cones off roads, something very dark and sinister is occurring.
Congress passed the “Pay Our Military Act” prior to the government shutting down on Oct 1st 2013. The Dept. of Defense under SECDEF Hagel was given the funds to maintain pay to not just Active Military but Civilian Personnel also. DEFSEC Hagel interpreted the Act and sent out “Implementation Guidance” to the appropriate subordinate Secretaries.
What occurs next should make a person shiver.
Contracted Military Chaplains, specifically Catholic Priests, were notified they could no longer practice to their Parishes. The DoD threatened them with arrest if they did. They were not allowed to enter the Chapels or Offices to recover any personal effects to include any instruments of their Ministry.
At Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, the Church was closed and locked. With the attached sign on the door
Father Ray Leonard was barred and threatened with arrest if he were to administer any ministry to members of his Military Flock.
Today, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit contends the DoD, SECDEF Hagel, Department of the Navy, and NAVSEC Ray Mabus violated the Constitutional Rights of Father Ray Leonard and parishioner Ret. Navy Veteran Fred Naylor as put forth in the First Amendment as to Free Exercise, Freedom of Expressive Association/Assembly and Freedom of Speech clauses and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Thomas Moore Center Press Release
Read Complaint Here
FATHER LEONARD – COMPLAINT FILED