Robert Knight

Announcing an end to the rule, Walter Reed public affairs officer Sandy Dean said that a new policy "will be written to articulate our initial intention which was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients." Say what?

Dean went on to insist that the policy was "in no way meant to prohibit family members from providing religious items to their loved ones at all."

But that’s exactly what it said. Time for Groucho’s defense when caught in the act: "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?" 

Here’s more from the hapless Dean: "We appreciate Congressman King bringing this to our attention. We don’t want our instructions to be ambiguous."

Ambiguity is not the problem. It’s the Obama Administration’s hostility to religion, except for Islam.

From the prevarications that helped sell Obamacare, to the lies surrounding Fast and Furious, to the periodic emissions of horse pucky about Obama’s “evolving” view of marriage while he’s sabotaging the Defense of Marriage Act, it’s getting so bad that Obama Administration spokespeople really should consider donning Groucho noses, glasses and mustaches. That would help disguise them, at least, and pave their way to enter the Witness Protection Program.

The second news item was Hillary Clinton’s speech in Geneva on Dec. 6 announcing that American taxpayers will be paying for homosexual activism around the world through a $3 million Global Equality Fund. That’s right. In a time when the United States is facing massive debt, plus a rising China and militant Islam, we’re going to use foreign aid money to promote “gay rights” to the world. Speaking to a crowd of diplomats, many of whom do not equate race or ethnicity with volitional sexual behavior that has moral implications, Clinton urged everyone to come around to her point of view, while saying, "I come here before you with respect, understanding, and humility." (Now do what I tell you.)

Once upon a time, foreign aid was allocated as an incentive for other nations to support the interests and security of the United States.  Countries did not get the money if they  worked with our enemies.  But now, under leftwing Democrats, foreign aid is a tool to force a radical agenda on the rest of the world, regardless of America’s interests.  I’m waiting for protest marches and cries of "cultural imperialism" from the Occupy This Squalid Dump crowd, but I think I might be waiting forever.

The third item is the Food and Drug Administration's evil idea to allow the Plan B "morning after pill" to be sold over the counter to anyone – regardless of age. After the story hit the fan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius issued a directive on Dec. 7 to stop it. Plan B, which can act as an abortifacient, will continue to be sold over the counter without a prescription to anyone at least 17 years old.  But 10-year-olds won’t be able to slip it onto the counter next to their gummy bears.

Is it really necessary to explain why children should not be allowed to buy a powerful drug? Should it be necessary to explain why wounded soldiers who risked their lives be allowed to receive Bibles from their families, or why many Americans don’t want their country exporting the values of Sodom and Gomorrah instead of Valley Forge?

In Obama’s America, yes.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.