religious (5)

In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services continue to take place.  Only Catholic services have been shutdown.

This is an astonishing attack on religious freedom by the federal government, and the latest affront towards the military since the beginning of the shutdown. 

As a result, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, today, filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest contracted to serve as base chaplain and Fred Naylor, one of Father Leonard’s parishioners and a retired veteran with over 22 years of service. Fr. Leonard is a civilian Catholic Pastor contracted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to serve as a military chaplain at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia.

Fr. Leonard who served Tibetan populations in China for 10 years, informed the court in an affidavit; “In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community.”

On October 4, 2013, Fr. Leonard was ordered to stop performing all of his duties as the base’s Catholic Chaplain, even on a voluntary basis. He was also told that he could be arrested if he violated that order. The approximately 300 Catholic families, including Fred Naylor’s, served by Fr. Leonard at Kings Bay have been unable to attend Mass on base since the beginning of the shutdown.

Additionally, Fr. Leonard was locked out of his on-base office and the chapel. Fr. Leonard was also denied access to the Holy Eucharist and other articles of his Catholic faith. The order has caused the cancellation of daily and weekend mass, confession, marriage preparation classes and baptisms as well as prevented Fr. Leonard from providing the spiritual guidance he was called by his faith to provide.

The submarine base is remotely located.  It consists of roughly 16,000 acres, with 4,000 acres comprised of protected wetlands.  There are approximately 10,000 total people on the base. 

A Catholic Church is located off base in the town of St. Mary’s.  However, many of the parishioners both live and work on base and do not own a car and cannot otherwise access transportation.  Therefore a sixteen (16) mile journey to and from the off-base church is simply not possible.  Moreover, many of the sailors have an extremely limited amount of time off.  With their time highly regimented, they are not given a long enough break time for this exceptionally long walk and the Mass service.

Defendants in the lawsuit are the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Department of the Navy, Ray Mabus.  

Currently, about 25% of the US Armed Forces is Catholic and due to a shortage of active duty Catholic Priests, the DoD contracts Catholic Priests to provide religious services, sacraments and support for other religious practices for military base communities. Catholic Priests serve the Military Archdiocese.

For active duty service members, on base religious services are extremely important given issues associated with off base transportation, extremely limited time off and the highly scheduled lifestyle of active military duty. Additionally, as service members tend to have high rates of divorce, depression and suicide, the need for readily available spiritual encouragement and guidance is critical.

The Pay Our Military Act, which was enacted before the beginning of the government shutdown, provides provisions for the funding of employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale and well-being of the military. The government has previously been criticized for interpreting the Act to not include military death benefits. Now, in yet another bizarre interpretation of the Act, some chaplains are not considered covered by these provisions, leaving Catholic members of some military facilities without spiritual guidance.

Read more…
The Wall Street Journal has accused the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of "ducking political issues."  The church does not duck political issues, but we are a religious organization, not a PAC. What I do in the political sphere, I do as a citizen.  Please read the following:
WSJ "Mormons Ducking Political Duel"
This has been widely spread and the issue always arises at election time.  The LDS Church is officially non-partisan, first because it is a religious organization and does not endorse politicians or political causes. Second,  because the first doctrine of Christianity is the moral agency of man to choose for himself between good and evil. The Church seeks to educate its members with correct principles but beyond that, personal choices are not influenced nor punished-unless it is a clear and damaging sin like child molestation or adultery. Those sins, among many others, will get you excommunicated.  The LDS Church expects its members to seek out righteous leaders, and those who will support and sustain the divinely-inspired Constitution.  But there is no coercion nor direct political speech in the church.  Agency and error are companions and so that's how we get a range of political figures who are LDS from the evil, sniveling, devil Harry Reid, to the decent, kind, sometimes happless Orrin Hatch, to the ultra Right, pro Israel, Bible-thumper Glenn Beck, to the reasonable, thoughtful, self effacing, not married moi. This is a pretty good article on our beliefs concerning freedom. 

"The LDS Church in Public Life" Dallin H. Oaks
Read more…

Author: Brian D. Hill

Updated: According to Mercurynews the pastor wants to continue to burn Qurans even though this may lead tothe end of the first amendment and may lead us into martial law.

Right now could the burn a Quran day be an set up event to anger other religions to attack the United States, or be used as a excuse for afalse flag terrorist attack, and then be used to instigate martial law?

Right now it seems as though it's a huge possibility especially after a internalFBI memo details that the US Government was prepared for violenceif the Burn a Quran day have went through as planned. This may mean thatthe US Government will be able to execute the executive ordersdetailing that martial law is to be instigated on all Americans, thuswould enact the suspension of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Executive Orders associated with FEMA that wouldsuspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years andcould be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:...

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways andseaports.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks orvehicles of any kind and total control over all highways,seaports, and waterways.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with publicfunds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish newlocations for populations.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to putall Executive Orders into effect in times of increasedinternational tensions and economic or financial crisis.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in ExecutiveOrders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicialand legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penaland correctional institutions, and to advise and assist thePresident.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control overthe mechanisms of production and distribution, of energysources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in institution in any undefined national emergency. Italso provides that when a state of emergency is declared by thePresident, Congress cannot review the action for six months. TheFederal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in everyaspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA'sCivil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he sawFEMA's role as a "new frontier in the protection of individualand governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil andmilitary installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well asprevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S.opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis." FEMA's powerswere consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the...

National Security Act of 1947 allows for thestrategic relocation of industries, services, government and otheressential economic activities, and to rationalize the requirementsfor manpower, resources and production facilities.

1950 Defense Production Act gives thePresident sweeping powers over all aspects of the economy.

Act of August 29, 1916 authorizes theSecretary of the Army, in time of war, to take possession of anytransportation system for transporting troops, material, or anyother purpose related to the emergency.

International Emergency Economic Powers Act enablesthe President to seize the property of a foreign country ornational. These powers were transferred to FEMA in a sweepingconsolidation in 1979.

Right now because of all of the anger and attacks against peaceful Muslims this will be used as an excuse for a violent backlash in theform of another terrorist attack. Also even a Top Clinton officialadmits that only a falseflag terrorist attack in the scale of 9/11 or a Oklahoma Citybombing would save Obama and help reenact the agenda of the worldselite.

So could this Quran burning be an attempt by dirty factions of the Government in order to jump-start a religious war against Christians andMuslims?

Well I have helped brought out along with Alex Jones that Machete is a plot to jump-start a plot for a race war to turn Mexicans againstother races of the earth to instigate violence in America, which willturn into the possibility of civil war and even martial law.

So now race war is not the only thing on the minds of the elite but also a religious war between Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

If the elite succeed with their plan to burn Qurans it will not only lead to violence but will also lead to martial law where people will beforcefully micro-chipped, vaccinated, then forced to wear metalbracelets plus weekly home invasion searches under the guise of stoppingterrorism created by the super-rich Bilderberg elite.

What started all of this was all over the Mosque being built on Ground Zero of 9/11. The people are not against the rights to build amosque but just to build it away from the site of the terrorist attackthe the US Government claims is started by radical Islams even thoughthe buildings were suppose to fall in order to push forth the PatriotAct which would strip away American rights. Right now there are protestsclaiming that they want a right to religion but they actually do havethe right to build a mosque but as long as they build away from the areaof 9/11 because it would hurt 9/11 victims and be a insult to all whoescaped the building collapse. The same junk went on to make it fair forillegal immigrants to cross the border claiming that going againstillegal immigration is a race issue thus starting the whole racial hateand conflict.

Sources include as followers:

Exclusive secret FBI memo: Government bracing for violence over burn Koran day

FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations and Martial Law 'Executive Orders'

Top Clinton Official: Only a Terror attack can save Obama

Confirmed: machete is a race war epic

U.S. Attacks Iran Via CIA-Funded Jundullah Terror Group

Read more…