A planned persecution is upon us as faithful Christians. The Obamacare mandate is only one blatant example, and a recent one at that. In fact, we've been in the crosshairs of progressives for some time now. With their puppet running the White House, they probably feel they can be a bit bolder.
One person who saw the looming clouds gathering and who tried to warn us is Saint John Paul II. Father C. John McCloskey quotes the sainted Holy Father and offers commentary. Another is Msgr Charles Pope on his blog that is hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington. The post is rather old but clearly folks could see the writing on the wall. He lists five stages of religious persecution; anyone who has been watching current events over the years knows that we're now "in the end game", as it were.
I don't know if western civilization will survive this onslaught. I know it can't if people insist on drowning themselves in entertainment, creature comforts and even hedonistic lives of sin. We need to repent and wake up now, so that we can pray and act appropriately.