American Spectator contributor George Neumayr told a lively crowd at the Heritage Foundation yesterday that President Obama's religious sentiments align closely with the Marxist tradition. In 2008, the president opined that religion is a consolation for the "bitter," which, Neumayr said, is "essentially a restatement of what Karl Marx had said about religion," namely the now-infamous phrase, "religion is the opium of the masses."
Neumayr and his co-author, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, spoke to promote their new book, No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom.
"Our book is not based on what we speculate his inner beliefs might be," Schlafly told the audience. "It’s based on his actual words and actions."
The duo outlined several examples to illustrate their point: Obama's omission of "Creator" during his recitation of the Declaration of Independence; his refusal to celebrate the National Day of Prayer at the White House; and most recently, his controversial contraceptive mandate.
"[Obama] saw that health care would be the perfect point of leverage to drive religion out of public life, for if the government is controlling health care, it’s controlling everything." Neumayr said. "Government dominion over health care means government dominion over all things, because health care extends to all stages and dimensions of life and has an undeniable public component to it."
He sees Obama's secularism as part of his plan to make the government "larger and more godlike" and to replace "the drug of religion" with, say, free health care.
"No Higher Power is really on the theme that Obama doesn’t want to recognize any power higher than the federal government, particularly the executive branch." Schlafly said.
Can the government replace God, however? Neumayr doesn't think so, and neither did the Founding Fathers.
"Our rights come not from government but from God. And the legitimacy of the government depends upon its remaining faithful to that concept and recognizing God-given freedom and rights," Neumayr said. "Once it starts violating these rights, the people then have a right to overthrow the government -- that’s the whole foundation of our country."