Obama Adminstration Opposes Prayer Plaque at WWII Memorial – It Would “Dilute Message”

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The Obama Administration announced its objection to including President Roosevelt’s prayer on the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. The Obama White House said the prayer would dilute the message of the memorial.
Todd Starnes reported:

Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-OH) bill – the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.”

“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation’s distinguished World War II veterans,” Johnson said. “President Roosevelt’s prayer gave solace, comfort and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression.”

Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer as U.S. and allied troops launched the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He asked God to give the allied troops courage and faith, saying, “With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.”

But Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, said any plaque or inscription of the prayer would “dilute” the memorial’s central message and therefore “should not be altered.”

“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors,” Abbey said in written testimony.

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  • Stephana

    But he says GOD wants to pass his bogus jobs bill!

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Distraction, just trying to pick a fight. The a-holes will be leaving DC soon enough then it won’t matter what the Obama Administration thinks.

  • Sky

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    Endorsed liberal democrat Mitt Romney in 2008

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    Supports individual healthcare mandates
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    Mitt Romney
    Significantly raised taxes as governor
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  • bg


    someone needs to take a “fly-over” pic, seriously..


  • Carbon Pootprint

    Bachmann shot herself in the foot when she played that “I met a woman who said” democrat trick………………next

  • forest

    It’s despicable for an atheist to pretend to be religious for political reasons.

  • Fry

    Without FDR’s words, what’s the difference between this memorial and the central fountain in a shopping mall (besides the location)? The words would only add to the “message” of the memorial–only one who doesn’t like the notion of calling Nazis “unholy” could disagree.

    As for the off-topic commenter above, you’re not a Paul-bot because you would have us vote for someone that won’t even be on the primary ballots?

  • Patty

    What message, God and Country. Seriously, what mess will the prayer plague say, that this nation is under God. Created by God, IN GOD WE TRUST.

    Prayers said in Congress before they convene. Oh, offend Muslims, there may have been a few who fought in WWII.

    My father isn’t Muslim but he wants the prayer Plague and so do others. Is it because the vets are dying and can’t defend themselves. Who are you, Obama. What have you done, Obama.

    You never fought in a war, I see the liberals concern that God is not PC but you ask the Veterans and those who are fighting for YOU, too. Their hearts and body suffered and fought and now, you are taking from them the spirit.

  • FedUp

    Ah well, wait until 2013 and try again! Time for the Bureau of Land Management to go away – along with the NEA, NLRB, TSA and unions for all public sector employees!

    PS – Sky, if you’re waiting for the perfect candidate, we had one, but He was crucified. If all that is left are the three you mentioned, neither Bachmann nor Santorum can handle the office and RUBIO ISN’T RUNNING!

  • bg


    Sky #3 November 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    that type advertizement posting is not going to win friends or
    influence people, and i like the people you are promoting, but
    that however, does not change the fact that the hit piece you
    keep posting reflects rather badly on them..


  • http://maroonedinmarin.blogspot.com Marooned in Marin

    But he supports the Victory Mosque at Ground Zero.

  • MrGoodWench

    inscription of the prayer would “dilute” the memorial’s central message
    and the central message of the memorial is WHAT exactly ?

  • Epsilon

    #7…go take a look at the monument before you make stupid comparisons to a shopping mall fountain.

    It’s been there since 2004, and apparently it’s been just fine without this assitional plaque.

  • Epsilon

    #12…..the message is right here:


  • havok

    ……if Obama isn’t Muslim..he must be a vampire.. seems like, anything Holy such as crosses and Christian holidays appear to cause him Physical Pain.

  • Epsilon

    #12…the message is right here:


  • redpillpatriot

    Why would anyone be surprised. Obama despises the military, just like the Clintons. In fact all liberals, and leftists despise the military. They don’t understand how anyone could love their country enough to give their life for it, they don’t understand integrity, courage, and honor. They have done everything in their power to destroy, neuter, and wussify the military.

    They also hate religion for the same reasons. They want nothing or no one to tell them they can’t do anything they want. Their motto “If it feels good do it” and damn the consequences.

    In case you have been asleep, there is a civil war brewing!

  • Jenny

    He is a disgrace and is stealing our air. He hates God unless he’s hitting him up for political commentary.

  • milo

    uh, isn’t this memorial already built? do we go adding more jesus references to things after their are built? like perhaps let’s turn the washington monument into a cross?

  • Patty

    Deficit, jobless rates, defense, foreclosures and now this is on Obama radar.

    Americans are fighting for Police Crosses to honor the dead, Flags flying in honor of our patriotism, Nativity scenes in to show our love for Jesus’ s birth. Pledge of Allegiance in schools, Prayers in Honor of the Veterans being said by women volunteering their time and talents



    A plague a small thing, a distraction for Obama. We are going to wake up and one day our children will ask. What is a Cross, What does our flag look like, What pledge, Christmas and Nativity scene what is that?

    I hope not but can you ever imagine that for a few who have different opinions and are so bold could influence a President, my God who is this evil man.