Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
OK. You've gotta' admit, this is the perfect response to the most blatant display of hypocrisy seen in days in our nation's capital. Earlier today, President Obama hysterically pretended to support religious freedom while the pope sat just feet away. He said:
You remind us that people are only truly free when they can practice their faith freely. Here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty. Yet around the world at this very moment, children of God, including Christians, are targeted and even killed because of their faith. Believers are prevented from gathering at their places of worship. The faithful are imprisoned. Churches are destroyed. So we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and intimidation.
Irony was last seen scratching its head and mumbling incoherently while being chased off the White House lawn. Everyone knows that this administration is no friend to religious freedom.
But Pope Francis spoke quite clearly and honestly about this crucial issue, saying:
Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.]
And here's the best part. Get this, Pope Francis, later that same day made an unscheduled stop to the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are suing the Obama administration for the right not to comply with the HHS Mandate. This is being called a symbolic show of solidarity with their efforts to retain their religious freedoms despite the efforts of the Obama administration. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi called it a "brief but symbolic visit."
That's what we in the states call "drop mic." You probably won't hear about this papal awesomeness from many mainstream media outlets but that's what makes us so awesome.