Skip to comments.Paul Ryan Urges Catholics to Act Before Religious Freedoms Erode
Posted on 08/18/2012 1:13:11 PM PDT by marshmallow
Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says Catholics must act now to protect their right to religious freedom from being diminished in American society.
This is a time where people of all faiths especially Catholics have to stand up and speak for our rights, he said. And if we do, we will rekindle civil society.
In an August 17 conference call organized by the online fundraising group Catholics2012.org, Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.) said that he tries to apply the teachings of his Catholic faith to his work.
Im proud to acknowledge that its why I do what I do, he said.
The vice presidential candidate also discussed religious liberty concerns that have taken center stage in the Catholic community over the last several months.
The concerns center around a federal mandate that requires most employers to offer health insurance plans that offer contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences.
The mandate has drawn criticism from groups representing a wide variety of religious and political backgrounds. It is currently the subject of numerous lawsuits throughout the country.
Critics of the mandate have said that it infringes upon religious freedom and could force Catholic hospitals, schools and charitable institutions to shut down rather than violate their sincerely-held religious convictions.
Ryan warned that this assault on our religious liberties constitutes a serious threat to all peoples of faith.
It is a violation of the First Amendment of our bill of rights, he said
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If we could disabuse some of the good people of the Catholic Church from the notion that a Godly act (taking care of the needy) can begin with a violation of God’s commandments (Thou shalt not steal), we could end their sole remaining reason for not joining the conservative movement - namely, the pursuit government redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice.
The mistake you make is in assuming that those people who advocate the redistribution of wealth, aka stealing, are good to begin with.
Very good point. Remove the last roadblock on the narrow path.
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