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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
Bio: Michael J. Gaynor
Date:  October 24, 2012
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If Ohio's God's Country, Religious Liberty Will Win, Not Obama

"President Obama...intend[s] to force their anti-Catholic views on every single Catholic in this nation. And if [he] can crush Catholics under [his] boot heel, [he] can crush anyone else, too."

In 2008, in "God's country or Obama country?" (www.renewamerica.com/columns/gaynor/080918), I wrote:

"The critical question for voters is not whether Obama is too inexperienced or McCain is too experienced to be President.

"The critical question is whether America actually will reject its religious heritage and embrace the secular extremism of Obama.

"When MSNBC Obama shill Chris Matthews says that if Obama wins Ohio, he will win the Presidency, Matthews is right.

"Ohio has been called God's Country for good reason.

"If it still is, McCain will win, not Obama."

Plenty of people, Catholic bishops included, simply did not appreciate that Obama was a serious threat to religious liberty, so Obama won most Catholic voters, Ohio and the Presidency.

In 2010, Ohio turned away from Obama and elected a Republican Governor (John Kasich) and a Republican United States Senator (Rob Portman).

It's 2012 and Obama's fighting for reelection and to cement Obamacare and its anti-religious libertty HHS mandate in place.

Again Matthews is saying that Obama will win if he carries Ohio.

About that, he's probably right.

But this isn't 2008, Obama's secular extremism was clearly demonstrated when the Obama Administration's Health and Human Services Department issued its Obamacare mandate that violates religious liberty and provoked a plethora of lawsuits, including a lawsuit by the Archdiocese of New York, and plenty of people of different faith or no faith but a belief in constitutional fidelity are not about to go along.

Republican/Conservative United States Senate candidate Wendy Long (www.wendylongfornewyork.com), a Roman Catholic, catechism teacher and constitutional scholar, clearly, concisely and authoritatively explained what is at stake in "Religious Liberty Is Issue for Candidates" (http://thetablet.org/?p=17824):

"...our freedom as Catholics is being stomped upon by the Obama Administration. Obamacare is forcing Catholic institutions such as hospitals, schools, and charities, as of Aug. 1, to provide and pay for insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion-causing drugs.

"The Obama Administration...insist[s] that this government mandate is an issue of 'women’s health.'...

"...let me set the record straight:

- The Catholic Church has been at the forefront of protecting the lives and health of women, and all Americans.... The Church and her institutions have never attacked anyone, and they are certainly not attacking women.

- The Catholic Church believes in free will. The Church passes on to us its teaching of more than two millennia about human dignity and the sanctity of human life. The Church offers unconditional healing and help to all of us sinners....

- Our nation was born of the bedrock principle of freedom of religion: that the government may not dictate to people of faith that they have to take actions that violate that faith. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan has said, 'The federal government should do what it’s traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of the Church.'

- But for the first time in the history of our country, a President of the United States – and his allies...– are ordering faithful Catholics and other people of conscience to genuflect at their altar of almighty government, to fall in line and obey, even if it violates their religious beliefs. If they do not abide by Obamacare’s abortion-contraception-sterilization mandate, many Catholic charitable institutions – as well as private businesses run by Catholic Americans – will face millions of dollars in fines that will force many of them out of business.

- This issue has nothing whatsoever to do with women’s health. It is about government intrusion into our Catholic faith and into the lives of all people of conscience. No one’s faith and beliefs will be safe if the [Obama Administtration HHS] mandate is allowed to stand. President Obama...intend[s] to force their anti-Catholic views on every single Catholic in this nation. And if [he] can crush Catholics under [his] boot heel, [he] can crush anyone else, too.

"The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Rockville Centre have filed suit against the Obama Administration to reverse the clear violation of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in Obamacare.

"Bishop DiMarzio has issued the call to all of us: 'As citizens of a nation that prides herself on religious liberty, we should be outraged that the government would … coerce any institution to cooperate with what they deem to be evil.'

"Amen. We cannot sit by silently any longer as Washington attempts to crush our faith and our Church."

Or, as Edmund Burke put it, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

Gaynor's email address is gaynormike@aol.com.


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