The attack against Christianity, so obvious now for any thoughtful Christian, goes straight through the pro-lifers in Evangelical and Catholic Christianity. We have seen where evangelical ministers have dared to defy this zeitgeist, most notably in Canada and Scandinavia. In Canada, a Polish immigrant and evangelical minister ignored Covid restrictions. In Sweden and Finland, conservative Christians have read Paul’s letter to the Romans regarding homosexuality and preached on it. They paid a price, being arrested, harassed, jailed, beaten.

In the U.K., which has cloned the American buffer zones around abortion clinics, pro-lifers have been arrested merely for standing on a sidewalk, inside an abortion clinic “stay-away zone,” praying silently. They held no signs, said not a word. They were interrogated by cops, asked what they were doing, and arrested when they confirmed they were at prayer.

If anyone wonders if prayer is effective, the godless governments certainly think so.

The real lesson, however, is likely lost on not only the hospital but the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unless and until federal funding is refused, religious freedom will erode.

Catholic sidewalk counselors in Philadelphia and Tennessee have been illegally arrested by the FBI thugs for their witness in front of child extermination clinics. Their conviction is not important to the Deep State. The justice process itself, involving a small fortune and much emotional suffering, has itself become punishment, and warns what will be the fate of others who dare witness for Truth.

Now this persecution is moving from harassment of individuals to entire Christian institutions. Just recently the fraudulent Catholic and President Biden, under his administration, tried to force a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma to remove its vigil light, in the chapel, which by ancient practice must be maintained 24/7 next to the tabernacle. It is here where Catholics and Orthodox believe the Real Presence of God dwells. It must be honored by this candlelight, held within a red glass cylinder, bolted to the wall, the floor or suspended from the ceiling. Even when people are not in attendance, the crimson light maintains the notice: God is here. Start acting like it.

The practice predates Christianity, as a red vigil lamp was kept next to the Arc of the Covenant, where the Real Presence of God dwelt in the form of the staff of Aaron, the manna and the tablets of the Ten Commandments

To even touch the Arc meant death. We find in the Bible that once, when it was being transported, it began teetering and about to fall to the ground. A helpful servant or soldier rushed forward to keep it from falling, but was struck dead instantly. It seems unfair, but God’s laws are strict.

In Christ’s time, what was in the Jerusalem temple was an imitation of the original Arc, which was lost or destroyed by the Babylonians in 563 BC. Later, the Persians permitted the Jews to rebuild their Temple. When the Roman general Pompey captured the Temple in the midst of a Jewish civil war in 50 BC, he boldly marched up to the Holy of Holies. His curiosity needed to be satisfied, and defying all the Jewish laws, marched up to the Arc, opened it – without dropping dead, of course – and found absolutely nothing inside.

So, what of the crimson light found in every Catholic church where the Blessed Sacrament resides, the “real presence” of God in our midst?

What type of religion is this, he thought, which worships a … void?

Yet, the Arc, however empty, must have had a significant presence, for Christ himself worshipped and prayed there … and cleansed it of the profane trafficking that took place “In His Father’s house.” Then too, the Temple curtain was ripped in two on Good Friday, signifying the end of the barrier between God and man.

But Christians also remember what Christ told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well:

“Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

So, what of the crimson light found in every Catholic church where the Blessed Sacrament resides, the “real presence” of God in our midst?

Yes, God is everywhere, and wherever two or more are gathered in his name, so too is he. But that was just as true in 1000 BC, 563 BC, 50 BC, and in 30 AD. The Arc was still the Holy of Holies, something physical, something where people could go to worship the one, true and eternal God. The dispute between Jews and Samaritans was over where … the Temple or a holy mountain. It was sufficient a division to make them shun each other to a fault.

These little pinpricks are merely testing the waters. But be assured, a new location and angle is already prepared.

Yet Christ knew the Samaritan error was sincere and in ignorance. The Samaritan woman demonstrated her knowledge and full understanding of the nature of the dispute. His “Good Samaritan” parable showed that he was not interested in human disputes. The conversion of the woman’s village and the subsequent evangelization of Samaria after the Resurrection melted everything away.

Indeed, the Crimson Light was no longer found in the Temple after its destruction in 70 AD. As Christ had predicted, it was going to spread around the world. Today’s evangelicals worship God “in spirit and truth,” as do Orthodox and Catholic, with the addition of a Real Presence found in both the humblest of chapels and most magnificent cathedrals.

But the Biden administration said that the vigil light in the Catholic hospital chapel was – gasp! – a fire hazard! Which, of course, it is. Just as is every bottle of rubbing alcohol, electrical socket, power strip and emergency generator.

Remove it, or lose federal funding.

This author has long decried the danger of federal funding, anywhere and in any circumstance, not only because it is unconstitutional, but because it comes with federal dependency and control.

So, now what?

If anyone thinks that conservative news blogs are ignored, try again. Within a few days of this outrage being published, the Biden administration reversed its course. The order was withdrawn. Naturally, nothing appeared in the mainstream media.

The administration was likely prepared to do so. These little pinpricks are merely testing the waters. But be assured, a new location and angle is already prepared. The real lesson, however, is likely lost on not only the hospital but the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unless and until federal funding is refused, religious freedom will erode.

But where will the revenue come from? Well, there was no problem finding it in the days of a robust Christianity. Thus, we can truly say that the needed evangelization of society is the only true solution to all of our troubles in this cultural freefall.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Biden’s attack against a Catholic candle sheds light on a much broader threat

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • Kathleen LaMantia says:

    Well put. Federal funding comes with strings that, once accepted, become ropes then chains.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    If Biden were a true Christian, he’s a fox in sheep’s clothing
    This little light of mine,
    I’m gonna let it shine.
    This little light of mine,
    I’m gonna let it shine.
    This little light of mine,
    I’m gonna let it shine.
    let it shine, let it shine, oh let it shine.

  • Mary says:

    Bob, am interested in the source of your story about Pompeii opening the Ark and finding it empty. I am a serious student of ancient history and somehow I have missed that information. Thank you for your source.

    • Bob Bird says:

      Mary, it is the Roman general, Pompey, not the city of Pompeii. It is easy to confuse the two. Pompey was a member of the First Triumvirate with Caesar and Crassus. Caesar went to Gaul, Crassus to Greece and Pompey to the East. His mission was to quell the unrest due to the factions in Judaism. The Jews were independent for about 100 years after the Maccabean Revolt overthrew the Greeks, but it was ended by the Romans. The source is from Warren Carroll, The History of Christendom, Vol. 1. I have the book loaned out right now, otherwise I would directly quote the passage for you. He marched up to the Holy of Holies even while combat was still in progress. This link re-enacts it, but does not show the empty Arc, just the inner room of the Holy of Holies. They also mispronounce his name, like the city buried by Vesuvius. It should be “POMP – ee”. and also this:

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The Biden regime, including the Resident, do not hold valid oaths of office. Their “laws” are not laws because they do not hold valid offices – this is all an act and they are counting on everyone to volunteer to go along with their commands. This is our land – there is nobody coming to help us – it is up to us to claim this land as ours and defend it.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    This attack didn’t come from Biden; not much does. Biden has become in imbecile, due to dementia. He might have considered being this mean and petty were he in compos mentis, since we know he was never all that bright but he was always belligerent, but the truth of the matter is he is a puppet of the evil left. Not the supposed nice leftists who are mostly low information, but those who truly engage evil in the pursuit of power. He is just easier to blame than rooting out the sources of this awful behavior.

    • Toscano says:

      I agree. Your comment is too obvious, even for the most partisan Democrat to deny.

  • Lucinda says:

    Christians love to pretend they are persecuted.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Lefties love to pretend that they know it all. God wins in the end Lucinda.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      And yet, here you are doing it, Lucy.

      • Lucinda says:

        Who’s persecuting me? I’m not insecure in my worldview. Christians need constant emotional protection from the horrors of the modern world. The slightest challenge to their rigid beliefs results in angry, hateful, bigoted and sometimes violent responses. And if not that, at least claiming victimhood. Ever read the comments at Mustread Alaska?

    • Akdale says:

      mockers love to mock

      • StopTheMadnesz says:

        I’m pretty sure Tamra’s point was that you are here, persecuting Christians, Lucinda. Recognizing that someone is spitting in my face and raising my arm to shield my face from said spit is fairly reasonable. In fact, it’s a natural reaction. Your comments here are more often than not hateful and bigoted.

    • Anon says:

      ALL AGE 9
      Both 61
      PROBABLY WAS NOT ON CNN, I’m guessing your source for news

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Amen. Rest in peace all those who have been murdered as part of the evil agenda. Our Father in Heaven knows each and every one and will bring justice for them in his due time.

    • Anon says:

      Ask the families of the children who were killed by a trans in Nashville if their children were persecuted

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Hey Lucinda, how was your vacation? Did you go to Epstein Island for your week off?

  • Akdale says:

    Biden admin is godless as you say. This makes it Demonic. There is no “nice” in between way to say it. Joe and his team are bent on doing evil. This results in harm to others. Our government is now showing us in plain sight what its been for decades. The difference is restraint has been removed. This is significant. If we the people do not counter with action, this country is lost. Speak up, get involved, respond, dont just sit there whole the thief robs and destroys our house.

  • Bob says:

    The liberals make war on Christianity because they don’t want to admit to a higher authority. They want everyone to worship the government because everything comes from the government. Without religion there is no hope for mankind. They are trying to destroy the nuclear family, encouraging abortions and going against just moral principals. if they win,the devil smiles and we are lost.

    • Lucinda says:

      Bob. Not so. I’m not hiding my nonbelief in your god. Simply, there is zero evidence for christianity. Being an atheist has no bearing on how one sees the role of government in our society.

      And what fundamentally pisses me off is the arrogance of your claim that only christians have morals. See why your religion is losing favor? Cuz of members like you.

      • StopTheMadnesz says:

        Nobody said only Christians have morals. But it is an historical fact that Christianity is always persecuted by godless regimes.

      • DoneWithIt says:

        judaic/Christian forces within government ended cannabilism, human sacrifice, child sacrifice, slavery, expanded rights to minorities and woman.
        Governments without a judeo Christian underpinning have committed the most gruesome horrific in human history – stalinist and leninist Soviet union, nazi Germany, mao’s China, Pol pots Cambodia, fidels Cuba – I could go on.
        All the religions, all, attempt to teach man Hubris is the root of all Evil.
        Hubris – ego, pride, and arrogance.
        Please look in the mirror.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Can everyone see the attack now? Don’t bother responding Lucifer! Bonhoeffer of our time would declare that this American church is in danger of being completely irrelevant and discarded! It has no purpose as it sits idle!
    Wake up before it’s too late!

  • CD says:

    Amen, Bob Bird!