During the period of time in which the first few Republican debates took place, President Obama had been asked what he thought of the candidates’ performances; he had smugly responded that he hadn’t watched them. He probably didn’t watch the post-primary speeches either; perhaps he should have. On January 31, Gingrich stated regarding the ObamaCare HHS Mandate that “the Obama Administration has declared war on the Catholic Church.” He adding that as President, he would sign an executive order on his first day in office repealing all anti-religious legislation by the Obama administration. After Gingrich got trounced in the Nevada Primary on Feb 4, he made another statement about the HHS mandate, this time in much more detail and with an absolute outrage at the government’s encroaching reach into our religious freedoms. Few reporters were present, and none of the networks discussed his remarks. That he had made a statement about the HHS mandate couldn’t be determined from the Leftist articles and blogs that abounded. According to the media: his remarks were “rambling,” he had “railed for twenty minutes” on Romney’s attack ads, he had “snapped” at a reporter, and he was “defiant.” None of this was true. What was true was that he eloquently expanded on his repudiation of the HHS mandate, and he also predicted that the Catholic church would rise up in outrage at this intrusion on religious liberty. He began with this statement: “The Obama administration has declared war on religious freedom in this country, and people need to understand that. This is a decision so totally outrageous and an illustration of such radical secular ideology, that I believe the entire hierarchy will oppose it every inch of the way.” What Gingrich probably didn’t realize, however, was that it would take about four days for this to occur, and what would occur would in fact not be outrage. It would be something much more, including Christian calls for civil disobedience, the willingness of some to go to jail, and in some cases the willingness of some to die to avoid violating their beliefs.
Let us back up for a moment and give a chronology of what occurred in this four day period, and also discuss why the public went from moderate anger on the evening of February 4 to calls for civil disobedience by February 8.