Wednesday 8th July 2015

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

What Became Of Emperor Obamus . . . After He Closed The Inn That Wouldn’t Kill Babies?

December 21, 2013 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Mary and Joseph, tired from their wintry trip, were glad they had their confirmed reservations firmly in hand as they looked at the street signs to find 25 Bethlehem Avenue. Many travelers on the road for the census would be elbowing for room at the inns.
With the worship of so many false gods spreading in the land, it was best to seek shelter at a six-star inn you could trust.
“Look, Joseph, there it is,” said Mary, as the Child stirred in her womb. “But innkeeper Joshua is nailing his doors shut! What could be wrong?”
“See here, we have proof of our reservations,” Joseph told the innkeeper. “Why would you deny hospitality to weary travelers of the House of David?”
“Nothing personal, I assure you,” Joshua apologized. “I’d be happy to receive my guests, one and all! But the new rules by Emperor Obamus have narrowed my network of eligible guests so sharply that I can barely accept anyone at all!
“You’ll recall that Obamus said his new guest hospitality plan that he shoved through the Sanhedrin would ensure that every traveler had a roof over his head. But the Affordable Commuting Act has had just the opposite effect,” Joshua said sadly.
“Unless you’re a Jew who was one of a set of quintuplets born on a blue moon next to the Mediterranean Sea whose father was a ploughman (that’s on page 2,324 of the regulations), or you’re a firstborn Greek of a blonde-haired mother with a tattoo on her nose of the Sphinx eating a stalk of celery (page 3,986), I simply can’t accept you as a guest,” Joshua said.
“And how many such travelers can I find in our world? I’m going bankrupt!
“Of course,” he added, “if you make a campaign contribution of 12 years’ wages to Obamus for every night you stay, he’ll gladly put you up in his own presidential palace down the road. If you also kiss his ring. And his ankles.”
“Twelve years’ wages for every night’s stay?,” Joseph exclaimed. “How can there be any travel industry left standing at all?”
“It’s complete nonsense and drivel to me,” Joshua agreed. “But Obamus insists that all the smartest economists and wisest travel planners who burn incense at the Temple of Obamus Worship assure him this is the best deal ever, and it’s up to us innkeepers to make it work!
“I’ve scratched my head bald trying to figure it out,” Joshua said, “but every morning the columnist E.J. Dionysus in the Bethlehem Post says whatever Obamus wants is the greatest. Dionysus immerses himself in so much of the incense at the temple of Obamus, you can smell him coming from four miles away! He burns so much of the lilac scent, he’s created a drastic shortage in that market! Obamus and his guys are heck on all the markets!
“I’d say this is raw paganism for sure, burning incense to a mere mortal, no matter how many golden robes he wears,” Joshua continued. “But E.J. Dionysus keeps saying Obamus is one of our own religious tribe, just on a much loftier plane of existence.
“And I haven’t even mentioned the innkeeper penalties yet,” Joshua said. “Actually, I’m glad I’m going bankrupt. I never in a million years would cooperate with this. For every guest I receive, I’d have to pay a fee to Obamus to buy more swords for his temple guards, to slay any babies that his pagan pal Herod suspects would become a threat to their grandeur!”
“Monstrous!,” Joseph and Mary exclaimed together. “Surely anyone’s conscience would never allow him to cooperate.”
Joshua’s eyes grew wider. “You mean you haven’t heard in your town? Obamus’ supreme attorneys and his servile judges say business people are not allowed to have a conscience in these business dealings!
“If I don’t pay the fee, I’ll be fined 10,000 oxen for every day I resist! Or else they’ll smash down my inn! Where do I get a herd that size?,” Joshua asked. “Where do I get an impregnable inn? I’m a small business. Lucky to have five goats out back.
“It’s insanity, pure craziness,” he said. “Every day I look in the Bethlehem Post for any stories objecting to Obamus ordering the moral collapse of our nation, but I only see more photos of E.J. Dionysus and his brother, the oracle named the Chris of Matthews, putting more golden robes on Obamus’ shoulders and crowns on his head! Who could ever be born to save us from these outrages?”

+    +    +

More than two thousand years later, we recall who was born to bring regeneration to a morally sick world. However, He said, the struggle continues in every soul in every age.
In the reality of this early 21st century, we see evils once more arise that were recognized both in the age of chariots and the age of zeppelins.
The Barack Obama administration, determined to force everyone to submit to its overwhelming immoralities, says that business people cannot exercise their conscience in funding its government-required medical plans for employees. They must provide abortifacients as well as sterilizations and contraceptives.
Those regarded as modern liberals frequently have decried business people for lacking conscience and being concerned only with profit. Yet when some avowedly Christian employers say they can’t ethically fund abortifacients, Obama’s liberals say the businesses must do so or they’ll quickly be fined into oblivion.
In a December 9 telephone interview, attorney Matt Bowman told The Wanderer, “If religious freedom and other basic freedoms are no more than what the government declares…the freedoms it wants to suppress never really existed.”
Bowman is senior legal counsel at the Washington, D.C., office of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a national Christian legal-activist organization for traditional constitutional values, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In late November the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals, probably in March, by Conestoga Wood Specialties, represented by ADF, and Hobby Lobby Stores, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The court could issue its opinion next June.
Both of these Protestant-owned companies, who make religious values an integral part of their business approach, say they can’t obey Obamacare requirements to provide abortifacients.
“Religious freedom has always belonged to all Americans, not just what you happen to do in your house of worship,” but outside those walls as well, Bowman said.
This Obamacare mandate has nothing to do with whether certain items are legal, or even if they’ll be funded by the government, Bowman said. Instead, the issue is whether some citizens “have a so-called right to force other citizens to buy their sexual-enabling drugs and devices. . . . That is the definition of coercion.”
This “[d]erives from, I think, what Pope Emeritus Benedict called the dictatorship of relativism,” Bowman said. Advocates of abortion and of changing the definition of marriage first say people should tolerate these developments, then say people must accept them, with no dissent allowed.
David Green, founder and CEO of highly successful Hobby Lobby, points out that Obama’s government has granted numerous waivers as it pleased from Obamacare mandates, but is intransigent against giving Christian businesses dispensation.
On December 9, National Review Online contributor David French wrote that liberal journalists may try to frame the abortion-pill case in court as one of “competing rights” or “competing liberties,” but there’s no equivalence whatever.
“Simply put,” French wrote, “there are no true ‘competing rights’ in this case. There is the right to religious freedom against a naked exercise of government power.”
On one hand, “Religious employers are asserting rights of conscience and free exercise of religion grounded in the First Amendment, arguably the single-most important constitutional provision protecting individual liberty from state power.”
Opposing this centuries-old foundational principle, French continued, there’s “an executive branch regulation (not even a statute) establishing a ‘right’ that has never before existed in the history of the Republic,” for “free” coverage.
In a November 26 news release about Conestoga Wood Specialties, ADF said, “A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts — like the use of abortion drugs — under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”
Bowman told The Wanderer: “I agree that the Obamacare fines are heavily punitive when they force people to provide life-ending drugs and devices in their health-insurance plans. These penalties are not rational.”
He said both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are led by Christians who “only object to certain items that they believe can prevent implantations” in the womb of new human lives.
Although media coverage has said the firms object to contraceptives, their objection is to abortifacients.
“The media in many ways have . . . tried to propagandize in favor of contraception and to hide from people” the issue of what “can destroy a new human life,” Bowman said.
If the Supreme Court adopts the Obama administration’s view, the court “would declare religious freedom doesn’t exist” in people’s daily lives, Bowman said, adding that there’d be “no obstacle” to “massive and expanding federal government.”
Various challenges to Obamacare exist on other fronts, too, including a lawsuit filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, based in Sacramento, saying that Obamacare improperly was written in the U.S. Senate after senators stripped out the language of a totally unrelated House bill and plugged in Obamacare. The Constitution says revenue-raising bills must originate in the House.

The Happiest Christmas

Finally, for those who wonder what became of evil Emperor Obamus of long ago:
Obamus arched his eyebrows even higher when guards one day came to take him to prison for impersonating royalty.
“You cannot arrest the gods,” he proclaimed.
The guards replied, “The gods, we can’t. You, we can.” He, they did. Repented, he did.
It was the happiest of Christmases.

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Untitled 3

Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Do You Know What’s Coming into Your Teen’s Phone?

You might be surprised at what your kids are exposed to every day   It is 11:30 P.M on a Thursday night. Your 13-year-old daughter is asleep. Suddenly she awakes to a ding from her phone. She quickly realizes that…Continue Reading

No, America Is Not a Great Nation

Here’s the truth: I am not happy with this country, and you shouldn’t be, either. I am disappointed in it. It disgraces itself. It turns from God. It kills its young. It attacks the family. Am I supposed to pretend otherwise…Continue Reading

Listen to the Pope, Iowa Catholic Leaders Tell GOP

Catholic leaders call on GOP hopefuls to heed pope’s teachings on climate, economics By THOMAS BEAUMONT and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday…Continue Reading

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did…Continue Reading

Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October’s Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report…Continue Reading

Abortion Drone Will Fly Dangerous Abortion Pills to Poland to Violate Its Pro-Life Laws

drone

The pro-abortion organization that formerly ran the abortion boat that distributed the dangerous abortion pill in international waters outside pro-life nations that protect unborn children has come up with a new marketing scheme to push abortion in pro-life nations: drones.…Continue Reading

St. Louis’ Catholic Archbishop Carlson discusses same-sex marriage, clergy sex abuse, racism, more

At their annual spring meeting held in St. Louis last week, U.S Catholic bishops discussed several issues currently facing the Catholic Church, including: the clergy sex abuse scandal, what the Church sees as challenges to marriage, and the pope’s upcoming…Continue Reading

Nienstedt resigns; New Jersey bishop named interim head of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt has resigned in the wake of criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its “role in failing to protect children and contribution to the unspeakable harm” experienced by victims in priest sex-abuse cases. Nienstedt says…Continue Reading

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can’t keep up

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper hints at new ‘Vatican II’ strategy to gain approval of Communion proposal

June 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In the face of increasing opposition to his plan to approve giving Holy Communion to people who are in adulterous remarriages, Cardinal Walter Kasper is hinting at a new “Vatican II” strategy for accomplishing his…Continue Reading

No Law Can Be Based on Injustice

In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was designed by President Obama and Congressional leaders to expand access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage in the United States. After the law…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Divorced and remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on communion

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli summarized the advice of…Continue Reading

Newsmax

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Pope Francis: For families, the best wine is yet to come

pope799

(Vatican Radio) In his first homily during his Apostolic Voyage to South America, Pope Francis focused on Mary as a model for families as he spoke about the Gospel account of the wedding at Cana. More than one million people joined the Holy Father for Holy Mass in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. Christ’s miracle at Cana – turning water into wine – was made possible, the Pope said, precisely because the Blessed Virgin…Continue Reading

Pope Francis en route to Ecuador

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is en route to Ecuador, the first stage of a three-country tour in Latin America that will also see him in Bolivia and Paraguay – three “sister nations” as the Holy Father described them in the video message broadcast in the three countries simultaneously ahead of the visit. The Holy Father’s flight departed Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport (Fiumicino) shortly after 9:30 AM Rome Time on Sunday morning, and is scheduled…Continue Reading

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music. The motivation for the honors issued by the University’s Academic Senate specifies five contributions Pope Benedict has made to knowledge and culture: his great respect for the musical tradition of the Church and remarkable sensitivity to the music of faith; the life-long and constant demonstration of a special concern for…Continue Reading

Univ. of San Francisco Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Ruling, Despite Catholic Mission

usan

July 2, 2015, at 11:22 AM  |  By Justin Petrisek  | While the U.S. bishops responded to last week’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, one Jesuit university chose to publicly celebrate the decision in direct conflict with its Catholic identity and mission. Over the weekend, the University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic university, used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to celebrate the San Francisco…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Serving The Cause Of Dissent And Division

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Coup at Catholic University, by Peter M. Mitchell (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2015), 311 pages; $19.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. Can Catholics be American and remain Catholic, rendering to Caesar the things that belong to him and rendering to God what is due to the Lord? Can Catholic universities be both bona…Continue Reading

Quo Vadis, America?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Natural law — God’s law — will always trump common law,” said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, “God will have the final word in this matter.” But, for now, Justice Anthony Kennedy has the final word. Same-sex marriage is…Continue Reading

So Now Is It “Hate Speech” To Deplore The Obergefell Decision?

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this article from CatholicCulture.org with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Fr. James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the decision. “No issue brings out so…Continue Reading

The Popes, Marian Devotion, And The New Evangelization

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 3 This is the third article in a series which looks at Marian devotion, and the New Evangelization, in the light of the teaching of recent Popes. It is noteworthy, that even before St. John Paul II became Pope in 1978, he had adopted the Latin phrase “Totus Tuus” as…Continue Reading

Although Their Adversaries Seem Strong . . . Law-School Interns Are Reminded That Even Old USSR Collapsed

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Almost ready to start applying their new knowledge to battle moral challenges around the globe, law-school students at a dinner here were reminded that the Soviet Union once was regarded as an invincible adversary, but it finally collapsed in relatively short order. The Christian law students from 11 countries, interns…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World . . . Legalizing Abortion And Redefining Marriage: The Anti-God Crisis

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The past week’s 5-4 Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision to redefine marriage as no longer between one man and one woman is merely the latest step in a journey away from God marked on its path through our history also in 1973 by Roe v. Wade. These two legal interferences are rooted…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Why Be A Christian? Why Not Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 There are many religions in the world today, all claiming to be true. Many were founded by individuals who claimed to be “prophets” of God — or of the gods, depending. In this context, why be a Christian at all? Why not be a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu, an animist,…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

By DON FIER Part 2 The second of four distinguishing marks or properties of the one true Church, as we saw last week, is that she is “unfailingly holy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 823). Despite being composed of sinners, “the Church is holy because she was founded by Jesus Christ, who is all-holy, and because she teaches, according…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

  Editor’s Note: D.M. has e-mailed to us the following thoughtful comments: “In a recent reply regarding the bishops and our borders, you noted that our immigration system is ‘badly broken.’ To me that was a bit like hearing the proverbial fingernails on a blackboard. It seems to me that those who seek to dominate all of us use the refrain,…Continue Reading

Chosen By God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Amos 7:12-15 Eph. 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 In the first reading, Amaziah, the priest of Bethel (the place of the original Temple of the Lord), chastises the Prophet Amos for preaching against the goings on in the House of God. The priest tells the prophet to go and make…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Pechersky

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the northeastern section of Greece, a peninsula drops down from the mainland, upon which are located 20 monasteries. This mountainous region also claims Mount Athos, an area known as the site of monasteries since the early years of the Church. Homer mentions it in the Iliad (book 14, 229). This same piece of land was on…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Josemaria Escriva

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 With the outbreak of civil war in Spain and the attack on the Catholic Church, many priests and religious were martyred. The existing government changed the constitution to legalize persecution of the Church by closing Catholic schools, ceasing reparation payments, and suppressing religious discussion. Among other things, this helped lead to the secularization of society…Continue Reading