(Republished from our Sister Blog “Christianity In Vogue”)
“A Fortnight for Freedom”
June 21 and July 4
Obama’s Continued Policy of “Anybody But Catholics” is reaching critical mass… All Religious Freedom is at Stake.
The United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared the period from June 21st through Independence Day, July 4th as the “A Fortnight for Freedom” to protest the continued encroachment on Religious Liberty in the United States by the current administration in Washington. This action is in response to three separate but cumulative hostile actions by the US government on the Catholic Church specifically but Christianity throughout the US. Those actions are:
- Adoption: Revoking Catholic Adoption Services licenses when the Catholic Church refused to adopt to same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.
- Human Trafficking: Denying Funding to Catholic Organizations that were aiding victims of human trafficking because the Church refused to include birth control and abortion in their list of referral services.
- HHS Mandated Contraception and Abortifacient: The last straw was the mandate by the Administration to force the Church to provide Contraception and Abortifacients as part of their health care coverage in spite of the fact that the Church had submitted a religious objection to this requirement.
This administration continues to practice its prejudicial “ABC”, Anybody But Catholics, policy of forcing the Catholic Church to adhere to its longstanding canon law or lose the Church’s ability to provide valuable social services such as for adoption, care of victims of human trafficking and a whole host of other social functions. The Church will have no choice but to abandon its practice of providing much-needed social services in order to adhere to its deeply rooted pro-life and traditional marriage canon law. At stake is the very essence of religious Freedom that was firmly embedded into the US Constitution in its First Amendment. The first amendment reads in part:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”
Clearly by forcing governmental secular regulations and mandates on any religion is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. Further, it is the lynchpin to destroying the Judeo-Christian foundation of this nation. Regardless of your political affiliation, Catholics must stand with the Bishops and the leaders of other Christian Denominations and oppose this encroachment on our freedom of religion. The Church and its faithful have been too timid for too long in defending their beliefs against an ever-growing secularist society and government in the US. Always remember the admonition of God to His people when in Revelations 3:16 He said:
“So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth”
It is time to stop being timid and stand up for your Church, your beliefs and your nation before it is too late… The next fight will be forcing the Church to provide abortions in its healthcare facilities then to force the Church to marry same-sex couples or other couples who are banned from receiving the sacrament of matrimony. The goal is the secularization of religion in the US. Our Founders tried to warn us!
Click on this Calendar to enlarge it, then print it off as a reminder to join fellow Catholics and members from other Christian denominations throughout the US in the protest against Obamacare, the HHS Mandates and the ensuing War in Religious Freedom.
Stay tuned for specific activities as they are released…
Suggested Reading: A Statement on Religious Liberty by the USCCB: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm