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Obama Regime Threatens Pastors & Priests With Arrest During Shutdown

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Military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

No point in adding any additional comments to what is self-evident in terms of Dictator Obama’s Tyranny and Petulance.

MILITARY PRIESTS FACE ARREST FOR CELEBRATING MASS IN DEFIANCE OF SHUTDOWN

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Our government is out of control.

First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor.  A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.

And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.

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. 

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Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.”

In his piece, Schlageter worries about this restriction as Sunday nears. “If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors,” he wrote.

Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.

One Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee told The Daily Caller on Friday that this “crosses a constitutional line.”

“The constitutional rights of those who put their lives on the line for this nation do not end with a government slowdown,” Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran, said in a Friday statement. ”It is completely irresponsible for the president to turn his back on every American’s First Amendment rights by furloughing military contract clergy.”

Added Pompeo: “The President’s strategy during the slowdown, just as during the sequestration, is to create as much pain as possible. However, this action crosses a constitutional line of obstructing every U.S. service member’s ability to practice his or her religion.”

Shutdown Impacts Chapel Services

By John SchlageterIf the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors.

Military personnel enjoy, like all Americans, the First Amendment guarantee of the “Free Exercise” of their particular religious faith. But because military personnel are considered a “captive audience,” the laws of our country require the government to provide access to that faith. This is why we have a military chaplaincy. This all becomes very clear when one thinks of a military family stationed in Bahrain or Japan. They cannot walk down the street to the local synagogue, church, mosque, etc.

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests. The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests. These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present. With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

As an example, if a Catholic family has a Baptism scheduled this weekend at an Air Force base that is staffed by a GS or contract priest, unless they can locate a priest who is not a GS or contract priest, the Baptism is most likely cancelled. If you are a Catholic stationed in Japan or Korea and are served by a Contract or GS priest, unless you speak Korean or Japanese and can find a church nearby, then you have no choice but to go without Mass this weekend. Until the Federal Government resumes normal operations, or an exemption is granted to contract or GS priests, Catholic services are indefinitely suspended at many of those worldwide installations served by contract and GS priests.

At a time when the military is considering alternative sources of funding for sporting events at the service academies, no one seems to be looking for funding to ensure the Free Exercise rights of Catholics in uniform. Why not?

*John Schlageter is General Counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

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Obama Ups Ante – Wires Barry-Cades Together To Prevent Access To WWII Memorial

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Park Service Ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

After three days of Vets and Honor Flight members storming the Barry-Cades erected to keep Americans out of their open-air memorials – Obama escalates the conflict by having the Park Service wire the barricades together and thus prevent veterans and their families from visiting the open air WWII memorial.

In addition, Obama has had the Park Service close the Vietnam Veterans memorial and ordered those who breached the barricades this afternoon to leave and they reinforced those barricades as well.

…The veterans then moved the (Vietnam Memorial) barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood of tourists followed even though the memorial is closed to the general public.U.S. Park Police arrive to the scene, asked everyone to leave and put the barricade back into place.

The petulant man-child wannabe emperor has his regime order the shut down and barricading of open air monuments and parks, coming up with funds and money from somewhere to pay government employees to shutter, barricade and stand guard over areas that are not usually guarded or barricaded.  It’s an infuriating issue that Obama is willing to escalate and pour salt into the already-festering anger that is boiling out in the nation.

WWII Memorial Barricade Wired Shut And Reinforced

Barriers are still at the memorial, and they’ve been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed that wires had been used to tie the fences together.

Who is ordering the National Park Service to go to such great lengths to shut down the open-air World War II memorial that is usually unguarded? On Tuesday, Carol Johnson of the National Park Service told me that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget “sends everything down to all other departments. We are part of the Interior. Interior gives us our instructions.”

“This administration thinks this is a political game,” Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, said to Fox News Wednesday. “This is outrageous. This is a sidewalk. Leave it open! I’m wondering what are they going to do next — hang a drapery over Mt. Rushmore? I mean, this is ridiculous!”

It seems ridiculous to most bewildered Americans, but this is the way Marxist Revolutionaries begin imposing an iron fist.  This is how it begins and escalates into a forced violent confrontation.  But then this is what Marxists NEED in order to implement their next phase of revolution.

Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways.

The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It’s a variation on the grade-school ritual of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.”…He has closed Washington down as tight as he dares, emphasizing the trivial and the petty in making life as inconvenient as he can for the greatest number. It’s all in a noble cause, of course. Access to most of the memorials is limited, and often in curious ways. The Lincoln Memorial is easy to reach, with the streets around it remaining open….The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

The Obama regime has deployed an army of feds to barricade public AND private parks, memorials and statues in the name of a government shutdown. This move is calculated with the intent to project pain upon the American people, with the hope they will rebuke Republicans and force capitulation to Obama’s agenda.

The regime lies when they say they cannot avoid barricading sidewalks that pass memorials. This is obvious in that it actually costs money to create the barricades, whereas it costs nothing to leave them out of the way.  War Memorials have NEVER been closed off during a shutdown.

Now that vets and their families have breached Obama’s barrycades in the first few days – Obama’s regime is taking it up a notch by wiring the gates and barriers shut to make pushing them out of the way more difficult.

That these vets had to breach barbed wire and machine gun nests of the Nazi’s in Europe and the Imperial Japanese some 70 years ago, only to have to be faced with their own government wiring their memorial closed is beyond sickening.

But it is a calculated escalation.  One that the regime is plotting and laying a trap and bait for.

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The 2 Million Bikers movement has begun “Free The memorial” ride to DC for Saturday the 5th.  Since Obama apparently wants a confrontation, it appears the Biker movement is happy to oblige.

In this atmosphere, I fear we will quickly move from wire cutters to firearms.  But that is EXACTLY what the Obama regime and the MarxoFascists want.  They want a war.  And they are already stockpiled with BILLIONS of hollow point ammunition, tanks, APCs and MRAPs staged throughout the country to war on the American people.

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There is no other explanation for either these actions and the arming and militarization of domestic police, SWAT and other agents of the government.

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Obama Threatens America With Pain & Punishment If He Does Not Get His Way

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The Petulant Imperial Man-Child of a president threatens Social Security Checks for Seniors and warns Wall Street of economic tumult if his agenda is not funded and the debt ceiling raised.

Imagine what His Heinous will do when he has ObamaCare to use as a sword of Damocles over our heads?

Fast-forward to 2016: the government is bankrupt and the dollar is collapsing and  approaching worthlessness.  Congress is working on cutting ridiculous entitlements to keep the ship of state afloat, and Obama announces that he will shut down everyone’s Healthcare insurance  if they do not capitulate to his demands for more spending.  Thereupon his storm trooping media sycophants will screech that Obama’s opponents will be KILLING innocent Americans who will not be able to get healthcare.

So Obama is moving from the government shutdown to threatening the rest of America with economic shutdown if Congress does not raise the debt limit.
Speaking of which, if you are maxed-out on your credit cards, which of you can threaten and demand your banks and stores raise your credit limit so you can keep charging on your card????

Apparently Obama and the federal government think they can so that with our 100-trillion dollar debt, larger than all the wealth on the planet combined.

So to extort his way, Obama yesterday attempted to freak out Senior citizens by indicating their checks will not go out if “Republicans refuse to raise the debt limit” and then attempted to freak out Wall Street by warning of the dangers of a failure to raise the credit limit for more federal spending.

I think this is all theater so that when Obama raises the debt limit by his own royal Decree – he thinks Americans will applaud another Imperial Dictate so as to thwart the consequences he threatened us with yesterday.

If he can’t get what he wants, he is going to circumvent the United States Constitution, and he will be applauded for it, because he will have, “saved the economy”, “saved Social Security”, “saved the world’s financial system” because we have to pay our bills, you see?

And I smell this a mile away.

And he’s being encouraged repeatedly by pseudo-intellectuals, by Marxists dressed up as Constitutionalists, by people in his own party, he’s being encouraged to conduct himself as a dictator, and to bypass Congress and to bypass the Constitution, why work with him?

So he’s greased the skids for what he intends to do by threatening Seniors and those receiving Social Security:

Obama Warns Social Security Checks Will Be Delayed Absent Debt Limit Hike

Seniors who rely on their Social Security checks might want to start pinching their pennies.

President Barack Obama warned Thursday that Social Security checks will be delayed if Congress doesn’t raise the debt limit soon — one consequence of what he warned would be an “economic shutdown.”

If the debt limit isn’t raised, Social Security checks “don’t go out on time,” the president said at an event in Rockville, Md.

Obama’s warning about Social Security checks came on the heels of a Treasury Department report, released Thursday morning, warning of the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression if Congress fails to act.

Then he threatened Wall Street with tumult:

Obama warns world markets there is no guarantee U.S. will avoid defaulting on its debts

An ‘exasperated’ Barack Obama offered no guarantees the U.S. would avoid an unprecedented default during a crisis meeting with Wall Street bankers yesterday.

The President said it could not be taken for granted that the political infighting over the federal shutdown would ease in time to raise the legal debt limit before the October 17 deadline.

Obama Warns of Financial Tumult: Markets ‘Should be Concerned’

During an interview with CNBC, President Barack Obama told NBC News reporter John Harwoodthat financial markets “should be concerned.” Asked about the apparent lack of concern over the government shutdown displayed in the stock market, Obama said that he spoke with individuals in the financial industry and warned them of the grave consequences of default if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Obama is going to set the fire, watch it burn and fiddle around and then come in as the savior by issuing an Imperial Decree, circumventing Congress and declaring his actions necessary.

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