Terry Jeffrey
The Department of Defense this month took what almost certainly will be the most telling symbolic act the Obama administration ever takes.

"The doors to the Kings Bay Chapel were locked on Oct. 4, 2013, with the Holy Eucharist, Holy water, Catholic hymn books and vessels all locked inside," says a lawsuit filed Monday by the Thomas More Law Center. "Father Leonard and his parishioners ... were prohibited from entering."

Catholics believe Jesus Christ is present in this world in many ways, but uniquely and most especially in the Eucharist.

"In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained," says the Catholic Catechism. "This presence is called 'real' -- by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real,' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: That is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."

What the Obama administration did by locking up the Kings Bay Chapel -- and the Holy Eucharist there -- and preventing a priest and his congregation from entering was literally an attempt to lock Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, away from those who seek him.

Obviously, the Obama administration could not ultimately succeed in achieving such a thing, but -- just as obviously -- it is trying.

This administration has advanced abortion on demand, which is the deliberate slaughter of innocent human life. It has advanced same-sex marriage, which runs counter to the very nature of men and women and is an attack on the natural God-given right of a child to a father and mother. It has also declared that Christians who seek to obey the commandment of "thou shall not kill" must nonetheless buy health insurance for themselves, their families and their employees that covers abortion-inducing drugs.

In responding to the many lawsuits Christian business owners and organizations have filed against the administration seeking to stop this health insurance regulation, the administration is not arguing that the regulation does not force Christians to act against their faith and their moral convictions.

It concedes that. Instead, the administration boldly argues it has the power to force Christians to act against their faith and their moral convictions -- even when it means forcing a Christian to be complicit in the destruction of innocent life.

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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