Skip to comments.Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault
Posted on 11/20/2011 4:11:25 PM PST by ReligiousLibertyTV
The conference has formed a new religious liberty committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and is hiring another attorney and lobbyist to address religious liberty and marriage issues on Capitol Hill. The Committee is also planning to lobby against a Congressional repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the militarys repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Sadly, as part of this change in focus, the term religious liberty is being redefined away from protecting the rights to speak, believe, and practice religion. Instead, religious liberty is apparently the right to receive government money without restrictions.
And we cannot ignore the fact that other Americans have sincere religious disagreement with the positions being promoted by the bishops. Are the rights of conscience of those who take a different stance on the disputed issues to be dismissed as illegitimate?
To be sure, these are not easy questions to answer. Certainly institutions should not be compelled to act against their religious mission. Yet, the state does not have an implicit obligation to fund them. The Church can assert its right speak in the the public square, but it should not assume power it does not have in order to force the rest of society to follow its lead.
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The atheists have begun their blitzkrieg against Christianity and they have the so called “judges” and so called “courts” on their side.