JIM CREES COLUMN: War on religion is a diversionary issue

Those dang liberals.

Those God-forsaken hedonists.

That ... Obama ...

They are waging war on religion in the United States.

War on religion.

Wow!!!!

How odd.

Since the War on Christmas ended (the day after Christmas) the Spawn of Satan have apparently been looking for another target and have finally set their sights on the Ultimate Goal — let’s get rid of religion altogether!

President Obama — the first Nigerian born, Muslim president of the United States — is the apparent Field Marshal in this all out war.

It is a war that of late is receiving more press than the real wars in which this nation is still embroiled. You know … Iraq … Afghanistan …

Remember?

Instead of worrying how those wars will come to a close, the Religious Right and their allies in the Catholic Church hierarchy have decided to try and convince the American people that the bad guys (read: Liberals) are out to steal their religious liberties away from them.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan is leading the charge very ably supported by an odd mixture of multi-denominational clerics who generally wouldn’t give the time of day to their Catholic “brothers” let alone join them in any kind of campaign.

But bridging the denominational divide is a good thing — if it increases the power base and can get rid of Obama sooner.

Cardinal Dolan is a real character.

He dines at the White House. He rubs elbows with all sort of people in all kinds of power — from political, to business, to social, and more.

He lives in a pretty hefty residence — 19th-century neo-Gothic mansion at 452 Madison Avenue — much bigger and better than the huge majority of his extended parishioners.

He enjoys all the good this nation has to offer without either his “business” or himself ever needing to worry about taxes or other civic responsibilities simply because of the breaks the United States gives to churches.

Dolan and others — Catholic, Protestant, and Jew alike — are kowtowed to and given every deference, honor, and perq, then turn around and whine that they are being persecuted in some mythical “war on religion.”

War on Religion?

Every Friday, mosques around this nation are packed with supplicants.

Every Saturday, synagogues are filled with Jews enjoying freedoms of worship they never did in Eastern Europe — or anywhere else for that matter.

And every Sunday, millions upon million of Christians of every description gather in churches around the country to worship as they please.

Only to be told by guys like Dolan that there is a concentrated “war on religion” going on in these United States.

And, unfortunately, folks believe ‘em. They are, after all pastors, priests, and rabbis. They wouldn’t lie.

Sigh.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I implore you.

Churches and churchmen in this country live tax exempt lives.

At the same time they often enjoy tax-payer funded benefits. Last year alone, Catholic religious charitable organizations  were handed over $650 million from the administration of Barack Obama.

What an odd way to fight a war — on religion or otherwise. Instead of sanctions, the Obama administration’s sneaky plan is to simply hand out millions and hundreds of millions of dollars in largesse until the churches don’t know what to do with it anymore and close because they have too much money.

Hmmmmmmm ...

There has never, ever been an organized governmental attack on religion — ANY religion — in these United States.

There is no “war on religion” now.

But the guys at the top — the Cardinal Dolans, the Rush Limbaughs, the Bill O’Reillys, and the Sean Hannitys of the world — would love to have you think so.

The war on Christmas is over ... until next Christmas.

The war on religion is ongoing.

Proof? Well, they have all kinds of spurious “proofs.”

But despite this supposed all out assault on religious liberty, the clerics continue to actually be doing just fine under the Obama administration (and every other administration to date).

The churches in this country have always had it pretty dang good.

They are better off than any other business or individual, that’s for sure.

Instead of being grateful for all the good and benefits they do enjoy, however, they now are hoping to get the faithful fired up over some fictional “war on religion.”

Well, it’ll be interesting to see how the bishops plan to fight this supposed “ war.”

They messed up something awful during the Crusades. I suspect they’ll eventually mess up this campaign as well.

When people in the pews finally figure out and understand how well off religious organizations are in this country, they may start asking questions.

And religious organizations just don’t do too well when folks start asking questions.