Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Obama needlessly at war with churches

The ultimatum by the Obama Administration's Department of Health and Human Services to Christian church groups (and by implication Christian medical personal) to abandon their faith exposes further its increasingly totalitarian pagan character ("Fight over birth control," Jan. 26).

This state-against-the-church conflict increasingly resembles aspects of German church history of the 1930s. Until 1934, most German churches supported Chancellor Adolf Hitler'spromise to restore Germany'seconomy and honor. Soon, however, it became apparent that the state through its "leadership principle" was demanding that churches compromise their faith. Thus, on April 22, 1934,...