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For Whose Freedom

Updated on June 23, 2013

From the Pulpit

Freedom of Dogma?

The end of the Supreme Court term also usually brings a call from Catholic Bishops for a "Fortnight for Freedom". The event is also usually set up to co-incide with July 4th.

Usually, the main goal is attacking women's reproductive rights, and that is again a component,though a bit more indirectly than in past years.

This time the focus is on marriage, or the efforts to deny homosexual couples the same protections and rights that heterosexual couples have. The two major cases on this may be decided before the "fortnight" even begins. The whole debate over homosexual marriage has, like many other civil rights issues, been made out to be a case where the group demanding nothing more than equality is asking for a special right. Media, especially the right-wing media, play a part in advancing this idea and help buld resentment. It's the strategy of the outgroup rearing its head again.

But reproductive freedom is not spared from the Bishops' ire. The idea of hospitals, etc being able to deny services in the name of conscience, is also to be prayed for by "good catholics". The HHS mandate is also filtered through this. But how is imposing religious values, or using them to make decisions, an example of "Freedom of Religion". In a sense, the freedom of the patients or employees are being denied in the name of dogma. Many of the same people who cry "sharia" are trying to say that their faith trumps secular law, in a sense, they wish to impose a sort of "American Sharia".

Calling the event a "Fortnight for Faith" would be a better term. The real "Fortnight for Freedom" would, and perhaps should be coming from People for The American Way, Americans United For Separation of Church and State, and the ACLU.


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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image

      TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I'll have comment on the VRA decision tomorrow or Saturday d. . .

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I was shocked yesterday at the news. DOMA gone? I don't think that fight is over yet. The religious conservative crackpots will undoubtedly be introducing new legislature to replace it with another law that circumvents the decisions of the SCOTUS.

      Not surprised about Prop 8, and that is not over until the California court undoes their stay on same sex marriages and that is not expected to be done for at least a month. This will give them plenty time to rewrite that one, and pass it, as this supreme court decision allows individual states to make their own laws based on anything they want to base them on. Gay people will continue to be considered sub human (as blacks were) before the federal government actually has the balls to step in to stop all discrimination and ensure equality for everyone in this country, regardless of age, nationality, race, etc...AND sexual "orientation" as much as i hate using that word that still implies that gay people are "sub human" individuals to be eradicated from our bigoted religious world.

      The other travesty of justice was the supreme court's gutting of the fair voting laws of 1965. They are either extremely right wing oriented, or they do not have a clue about the realities of life today. Their rationale was that "we have a whole new nation since 1965". So the decision to allow individual states (already quickly passing laws to restrict voting rights in 30+ states) has done nothing to ensure that voting rights are not trampled on worse than they have been since 1965. Their recommendation was that congress step up and do something for a change (that ain't gonna happen in our lifetime).

      This new government of ours has a really hard time defending the rights of the majority over diminishing the rights of their right wing friends. It seems it is more important to appease the conservative party's rights to discriminate, than it is to protect ALL american citizens' right to vote.

      The government corruption goes all the way to the supreme court.

      And while i am on a roll here, the Government's concerns about charging Snowden for espionage to set an example to shut others up who might also try to expose the invasion of privacy of all citizens by the NSA and any other government agency that desires to know our bedroom secrets and take away more rights, is too over the top for reality. Snowden will be jailed or killed for exposing the NSA as a bunch of liars, but this will not stop people from exposing what they are doing to the American people.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Well d you were 1/2 right.

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great article. Well written.

      I, for one, will be shocked if the inept supreme court makes any actual decisions regarding same sex marriages, or DOMA. They will undoubtedly kick the responsibility back onto the individual states to decide on same sex marriages, which will only cause division and confusion from state to state. Causing it to be legal in some states and illegal in others. This is certainly not the way to address a problem that effects the entire "united" states.

      DOMA will undoubtedly be kicked back to congress to address, and overturn - which will only cause another 20+ years of debate before they can ever come to a decision on that issue. God forbid we should hurt the feelings of those religious cranks.