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July 4, 2012

Eternal Vigilance for Religious Liberty - Our First Freedom

Topics: Faith, Political News and commentaries

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Grace-Marie Turner writes over at NRO:

Church bells were ringing across America at noon on this Independence Day, marking the conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom to raise awareness of the blessings of and threats to religious freedom. But our work has barely begun.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop William E. Lori, and many others have explained in detail the threats to religious liberty -- our first freedom -- in this country and around the world.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health overhaul law last Thursday did not touch the controversial anti-conscience mandate that is a direct assault on the freedom of religious organizations to provide health coverage that comports with their beliefs, so those battles must continue.

Forty-three Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country have announced lawsuits against the federal government to challenge the Obama administration’s mandate that religious organizations, such as Catholic charities and hospitals, must provide health plans that provide free access to abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. ...

Take the time to read the rest. As Grace-Marie goes on to aptly note, it's outrageous that the bishops must go to federal court to protect the constitutionally protected first freedom, but our country’s history abounds with examples of the need for eternal vigilance.

Image via NRO: Across from St. Mary’s Church, Alexandria, Va., at noon today.

Posted by Hyscience at July 4, 2012 2:57 PM



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