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Catholic Archbishop: Wake Up! Religious Liberty At Risk In USA
CNSNews.com ^ | June 8, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 06/08/2013 6:33:33 PM PDT by Biggirl

(CNSNews.com) - Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; chaput; religiousfreedom

1 posted on 06/08/2013 6:33:33 PM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

I wish this man had stood up and said this in October, 2012. Now, it seems a little late.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 6:41:45 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Biggirl


WE THE PEOPLE
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA




"CONGRESS SHALL MAKE no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. "





OUR FOUNDING FATHERS secured this Essential Freedom against overwhelming odds through great adversity, securing it first with the blood of our Patriots shed in the War of the Revolution, then through the course of intense and extended debate, leading finally to the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

THIS CHERISHED FREEDOM is under attack now, not only by the media, not only by academia, but by the Executive Branch of the United States Government itself. The President, the Departments of Justice and State, and the Internal Revenue Service, have all abdicated their sworn duty to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They have instead, with full knowledge of the enormity of their acts, systematically betrayed the American People in repeated transgressions and usurpations, thereby assuming the role of principal domestic enemy in what will be the defining Constitutional struggle of our times, perhaps of our National History.

WE ARE CALLED at this crucial moment to bear Witness to the Truth of God, to uphold and to defend this vital, First Freedom and the Freedoms that derive from it. Without Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Religion, what substantive Freedom could we continue to enjoy?








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 06/08/2013 6:42:50 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: tbw2

He did - many times - and even wrote a book.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 7:04:48 PM PDT by MassRepublican
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To: Biggirl

Our pastor asked us to write to the Legislators of our state to ask them to vote against the Woman’s Equality Act which will demand that the church allow abortions.


5 posted on 06/08/2013 7:23:43 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Biggirl
I am not a Roman Catholic, but I admire this archbishop. He has the gonads to stand up and tell the truth. He knows that all the God-haters will come out to spit on him.
6 posted on 06/08/2013 7:24:03 PM PDT by Nemoque
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To: tbw2

October 2008 would have been a more opportune time. But as long as more than 50% of “Catholics” vote democrat, it really doesn’t make any difference.


7 posted on 06/08/2013 7:51:46 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Biggirl
Not on the copyright list.

Catholic Archbishop: Wake Up! Religious Liberty at Risk in USA

Catholic Archbishop: Wake Up! Religious Liberty at Risk in USA

June 8, 2013 - 10:02 AM
Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(CNSNews.com) - Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government.

"The day when Americans could take the Founders' understanding of religious freedom as a given is over," said the archbishop. "We need to wake up."

Chaput, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pointed to Obamacare's sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation as one example. The regulation, issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, requires almost all health-care plans in the United States to provide coverage for sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to all women of reproductive age--even if the person or employer providing the insurance coverage and even if the female beneficiaries themselves do not want the coverage and believe it is morally wrong and violates their religious beliefs.

"[T]he HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion," the archbishop wrote in a recent column posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The column is entitled, "Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up."

Last year, the Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously approved a statement describing the HHS regulation as an "unjust and illegal mandate." The unanimous bishops said the regulation not only violated the religious freedom of religious institutions but also the "personal civil rights" of individual Americans who will be forced to comply with it either as employers or employees.

Archbishop Chaput noted that the bishops believe "basic medical care is a matter of social justice and human dignity." That principal, however, does not empower the government to force Americans to violate their moral and religious convictions.

"But health care has now morphed into a religious liberty issue provoked entirely--and needlessly--by the current White House," the archbishop wrote. "Despite a few small concessions under pressure, the administration refuses to withdraw or reasonably modify a Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate that violates the moral and religious convictions of many individuals, private employers and religiously affiliated and inspired organizations."

The archbishop noted that the administration's disregard for religious liberty in the enforcement of this regulation is in line with its refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and its advocacy in the Hosanna-Tabor case.

The Defense of Marriage Act says that a state cannot be forced to recognize a same-sex marriage contracted in another state and that for federal purposes marriage is between one man and one women. The Supreme Court is now considering the constitutionality of DOMA, and the administration has asked the court that the law be thrown out, arguing that opposition to same-sex marriage (which is the position of the Catholic Church and many other religious denominations) is the constitutional equivalent of racial discrimination.

In the Hosanna-Tabor case, the administration argued unsuccessfully in the Supreme Court that the government could tell a Lutheran school it must restore as a "commissioned minister" a person who violated the teachings of the Lutheran faith.

"Coupled with the White House's refusal to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and its astonishing disregard for the unique nature of religious freedom displayed by its arguments in a 9-0 defeat in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision, the HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion," wrote the archbishop.

"Access to inexpensive contraception is a problem nowhere in the United States," he said. "The mandate is thus an ideological statement; the imposition of a preferential option for infertility. And if millions of Americans disagree with it on principle--too bad."

The archbishop went on to observe that abortion advocates use fraudulent language in describing their position.

"The fraud at the heart of our nation's 'reproductive rights' vocabulary runs very deep and very high," he wrote. "In his April 26 remarks to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the president never once used the word 'abortion,' despite the ongoing Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia and despite Planned Parenthood's massive role in the abortion industry."

The archbishop noted that the scandal "involving IRS targeting of 'conservative' organizations ... also has a religious dimension."

"But the latest IRS ugliness," he wrote, "is a hint of the treatment disfavored religious groups may face in the future, if we sleep through the national discussion of religious liberty now. The day when Americans could take the Founders' understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up."


8 posted on 06/08/2013 7:55:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Biggirl

That’s great but his own church’s support for “social justice” is just support for socialist causes that are a tyranny all their own. Wake up Catholics!


9 posted on 06/08/2013 8:01:57 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: 353FMG; tbw2; MassRepublican

Denver Archbishop Chaput: Obama Supporting Pro-Life Catholics "Absurd"

October, 2008 (LINK)

Here's what Chaput was saying in that "more opportune time."

You're welcome.

10 posted on 06/08/2013 8:06:37 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When you see a fork in the road, take it. - Yogi Berra)
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To: tbw2
Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government.

I though social justice was more important? /sarc

11 posted on 06/08/2013 8:42:17 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: tbw2
He did long prior to October 2012. Obviously you weren't listening.
12 posted on 06/08/2013 9:08:13 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: 353FMG

As long as simpletons keep parroting the results of media driven exit polls which utilize unscientific and unreliable methodology, at best, the truth doesn’t matter.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 9:11:06 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: theBuckwheat

You make the all too frequent mistake of thinking that prudential statements made by some equates to the teaching of the Church. It doesn’t.


14 posted on 06/08/2013 9:13:34 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: 353FMG

This country is majority protestant, last I checked.


15 posted on 06/08/2013 9:41:41 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Sir, one cannot simply *praise* the Catholic church.


16 posted on 06/08/2013 9:42:24 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: 353FMG; JCBreckenridge
"But as long as more than 50% of “Catholics” vote democrat, it really doesn’t make any difference."

That's a totally absurd statement.

Try, "As long as the solidly Evangelical and Independent non-Catholic Conservative Christian black folks vote nearly 98% for fascist democrats it really doesn't make any difference how the 1/8 of Catholics who swing the Catholic vote from one candidate to another in this country vote". That still avoids the real issue but at least it's not completely absurd.

The fact is it's mathematics, not Protestant wishful thinking, that wins elections. A large percentage of non-Catholic people who claim to be Christian stay home storing dried beans and rice so they'll be able to cower in hiding if things go from bad to worse instead of voting and working for candidates. As long as hiding in cubby holes and patting themselves on their backs instead of standing up to the democrat fascists is the norm for that large percentage of people who claim to be non-Catholic Christians, nothing will change.

And make no mistake about it, that's the voting block that has handed King Barry and the fascist nobility the past two Presidential elections and most Congressional races over the past eighty years by hiding under the stairs and leaning how to play whatever "Christian Rock" was the fad at the time on their fiddles and guitars while the nation burns. Praise The Lord Cowardice has been the main cause of fascist political success for most of the past eighty years and Jerry Falwell making a difference by swimming against the tide for a few elections proved it.

For every single Catholic coward who joined that Protestant "go along to get along" crowd there are a half dozen non-Catholics who talked them into hiding from Satan rather than fighting Satan and brag about having done so (except at election time when they say such folks are still Catholic for statistical reasons).

Worst of all, the elite Special Forces of the Praise The Lord Coward Club, are the ones who hope every day will be the day Jesus Christ will surrender to Satan then evacuate them to party. That means each and every day they hope Jesus Christ will contradict His Own Word to keep their little special snowflake rear ends from having to bear their cross and follow Him. They're the elite because they've completely abandoned the battlefield taking only sheet music for Are You Ready by Rare Earth with them and now broadcast a constant stream of exciting bestselling "Surrender to Satan Now" propaganda from behind the bags of red beans in their bunkers.

It is the completely deluded, self-centered, Self Worshiping, excuse making, go along to get along, overwhelming majority, of voters who are non-Catholic, Protestant or Protestant derived "Christians", who play the electoral tune in this country and they always have. Not Catholics, and not the 1/8 of Catholics who are the swing vote within the Catholic twenty percent of total voters.

Most importantly, the Praise The Lord Coward Club has been the swing vote within the Protestant overwhelming majority of the electorate for the entire eighty plus years during which they granted obviously fascist democrats almost uninterrupted control of the Legislative Branch of Congress in return for the fascists, "bringing home the bacon" to their little fiefdom. Protracted control of the Legislative Branch that is in the final analysis what has brought us to the current sorry state of affairs in this country.

Fortunately, there aren't very many people anymore who are stupid or ignorant enough to fall for anti-Christ, anti-Christian, "blame Catholics", garbage spread by dupes or deceivers in order to help keep Christians fighting among themselves.

Have a nice day

17 posted on 06/09/2013 12:35:11 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Biggirl

Archbishop Chaput’s column:

http://archphila.org/press%20releases/pr002170.php


18 posted on 06/09/2013 4:12:32 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
May 24, 2013

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT'S WEEKLY COLUMN:
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE NEED TO WAKE UP


"IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups -- especially those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names -- for extra scrutiny when they sought non-profit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting grassroots projects to 'make America a better place to live,' to promote classes about the U.S. Constitution or to raise support for Israel.

"However, it now appears the IRS also challenged some individuals and religious groups that, while defending key elements of their faith traditions, have criticized projects dear to the current White House, such as health-care reform, abortion rights and same-sex marriage."
Terry Mattingly, director, Washington Journalism Center; weekly column, May 22


Let's begin this week with a simple statement of fact. America's Catholic bishops started pressing for adequate health-care coverage for all of our nation's people decades before the current administration took office. In the Christian tradition, basic medical care is a matter of social justice and human dignity. Even now, even with the financial and structural flaws that critics believe undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the bishops continue to share the goal of real health-care reform and affordable medical care for all Americans.

But health care has now morphed into a religious liberty issue provoked entirely - and needlessly -- by the current White House. Despite a few small concessions under pressure, the administration refuses to withdraw or reasonably modify a Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate that violates the moral and religious convictions of many individuals, private employers and religiously affiliated and inspired organizations.

Coupled with the White House's refusal to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and its astonishing disregard for the unique nature of religious freedom displayed by its arguments in a 9-0 defeat in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision, the HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion. Access to inexpensive contraception is a problem nowhere in the United States. The mandate is thus an ideological statement; the imposition of a preferential option for infertility. And if millions of Americans disagree with it on principle - too bad.

The fraud at the heart of our nation's "reproductive rights" vocabulary runs very deep and very high. In his April 26 remarks to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the president never once used the word "abortion," despite the ongoing Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia and despite Planned Parenthood's massive role in the abortion industry.

Likewise, as Anthony Esolen recently noted so well, NARAL Pro-Choice America's public statement on the conviction of abortionist Gosnell was a masterpiece of corrupt and misleading language. Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three infants, but no such mention was made anywhere in the NARAL Pro-Choice America statement.

None of this is finally surprising. Christians concerned for the rights of unborn children, as well as for their mothers, have dealt with bias in the media and dishonesty from the nation's abortion syndicate for 40 years. But there's a special lesson in our current situation. Anyone who thinks that our country's neuralgic sexuality issues can somehow be worked out respectfully in the public square in the years ahead, without a parallel and vigorous defense of religious freedom, had better think again.

As Mollie Hemingway, Stephen Krason and Wayne Laugesen have all pointed out, the current IRS scandal - involving IRS targeting of "conservative" organizations - also has a religious dimension. Selective IRS pressure on religious individuals and organizations has drawn very little media attention. Nor should we expect any, any time soon, for reasons Hemingway outlines for the Intercollegiate Review. But the latest IRS ugliness is a hint of the treatment disfavored religious groups may face in the future, if we sleep through the national discussion of religious liberty now.

The day when Americans could take the Founders' understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up.

American Catholics are called to observe a second annual "Fortnight for Freedom" this June 21-July 4. For more information, see the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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19 posted on 06/09/2013 4:36:49 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: theBuckwheat

Spot on. Big government Catholics caused this problem. Their influence in unionizatin and urban government is enormous and socialist. Now that the slippery slope’s gotten steep they’re crying foul?


20 posted on 06/09/2013 5:41:51 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
Big government Catholics caused this problem.

You've nailed it. The Jews, Negros, Asians and Latinos who never darken the threshold in a synagogue, church or temple and vote overwhelmingly democrat played absolutely no role.

21 posted on 06/09/2013 6:03:49 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

That’s a weak argument. In the context of the article, in which a Catholic decries Big Gov., I merely pointed out that Catholics, as a way of thought regarding church/state relations, helped set the house on fire.

When government supports religion, the religious love government. The trouble is big government, no?


22 posted on 06/09/2013 6:11:45 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Biggirl

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These are what every thing from the declaration of independence, the constitution with the bill of rights are based on.

I agree with the bishop but where were these people when they started all of this take over of freedom years ago?

Freedom of religion is not the only freedom we have, if we can lose the rest of it we can lose it to, in fact it is just a guarantee that we will.

So where were these lovers of freedom of religion at when they started taking over other freedoms? i have a feeling they are the very ones who had a big part in doing it.

For instance in many counties in some states it was called dry counties, you could not buy a beer and if you brought some back from another county you could go to jail for boot legging.

I could name a thousand other things but will just name one thing which just started a few years ago and did not start with Obama.

Taxes on tobacco that amounts to nothing but extortion and states taking away the establishments rights and the rights of the employees to decide if they want to inhale smoke.

Where were the lovers of freedom at then?


23 posted on 06/09/2013 7:24:01 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Rashputin

That’s a totally absurd statement.


That was something that needed said for sure. and i can not argue.

But i think about how the Church organizations them selves have done every thing they could to help take the freedom away from people they do not think of as Christian.

For instance drinking and smoking, which the bible does not forbid.

Although i do not like to put Christianity and religion in the same sentence i do believe in freedom of religion and will vote accordingly.

Many people and Churches regardless of denomination wants every ones help to preserve freedom of religion, but due to the fact that they have had a big hand in taking away a good many freedoms, i wish them luck.


24 posted on 06/09/2013 7:45:22 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Rashputin

bkmk


25 posted on 06/09/2013 9:32:44 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Rashputin

It is way past time Christians, regardless of the church community they belong to get past the in-fighting and realized that what we are up against.


26 posted on 06/09/2013 1:54:06 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 1010RD
"Helped set the house on fire" or "caused this problem"? Which is it?

It's a crying shame that 54% of self-identified Catholic Americans voted for the Halfrican Marxist, but then again it's a crying shame that a single American of ANY religious persuasion voted for him.

But what does that have to do with Abp Chaput continuing to be the canary in the coal mine? Is he not allowed to speak up until 100% of Catholics agree with him and vote according to the teachings of their faith? If he were silent, he would be accused for his silence, and justly so. If he speaks up, he's castigated for not speaking up earlier. Except that he DID speak up earlier, as Catholic posters demonstrate above. But apparently no amount of speaking up is acceptable; Chaput loses his right to an express an opinion against Obama because 54% of self-identified Catholics DID NOT LISTEN TO HIM and voted the wrong way.

If a black preacher (cf Rev Manning) or politician (cf Alan West) expresses an anti-Obama opinion, nobody of FR carps that 97% of blacks voted for Obama. No, we recognize their courage and are glad to have them as allies.

Only Catholic leaders' objections to Obama are read out of court on the grounds that Catholics "caused this problem". Why is that?

27 posted on 06/09/2013 5:37:55 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Campion
Excellent point, Campion.

And an even larger point is that the actions of dissident Catholics who violate Catholic teaching on faith and morals are still routinely blamed on Catholicism! I always like to note that the only valid criticism of such defectors-in-place would be that they are not Catholic enough.

And if the problem is that their bishops and/or superiors have not corrected or disciplined them --- the problem is that their ecclesiastical superiors are not Catholic enough.

28 posted on 06/09/2013 5:49:35 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can obseve a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Campion

No, I applaud him and wish every Catholic thought like him. At the same time it’s the hypocrisy of a church that demands its liberty while undermining it for the rest of us.


29 posted on 06/09/2013 6:12:21 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ravenwolf

Umm, last I checked the Catholic church has nothing against drinking in moderation.


30 posted on 06/09/2013 8:38:42 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Campion

Post of the day. Thank you so much Campion.


31 posted on 06/09/2013 8:39:43 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Umm, last I checked the Catholic church has nothing against drinking in moderation.


You are right, i am not pointing out any pacific Church, just saying i have not heard any Church leader speak out against any state taking away the rights of business owners, specifiably restaurants and bars, to decide for them selves if they want to be smoke free or not, a law which has all but shut down the small town where i live.

Also many years back i lived in what was called a dry county in Texas, people had to go out of the county to buy beer or even wine, i was told the reason it was dry is because the church people voted it that way.

I did not drink but knew people who went to prison for bringing beer back across the county line, they were rail roaded for boot legging.


32 posted on 06/10/2013 4:32:21 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

Sounds like you need to do more research.


33 posted on 06/10/2013 8:37:56 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Sounds like you need to do more research.


Ok, i will be glad to do that but if you know of Church leaders who have defended the business owners right to decide for them selves about these things why not just tell me and save me some work.

apart from that,

What should i research?

Did i actually live in a dry county in Texas or was i just dreaming?

Was it the Christians from the Churches who voted to make it a dry county or was i being lied to?

Did people actually go to prison for bootlegging or am i lying?

My experience is that we have been losing a little freedom here and a little there for many years.

So on these particular issues and especially where a county is concerned i would assume that it is the people who belong to a religion that would vote against the freedoms of others.

But ok, i missed my own belief here, i should have not used the word Christian but should have used the word religious people, as there may not be any relationship,
my mistake.


34 posted on 06/10/2013 9:13:11 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

Yes, as I said it’s not the Catholic church that was involved in these things.


35 posted on 06/10/2013 9:42:40 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Yes, as I said it’s not the Catholic church that was involved in these things.


Ok.


36 posted on 06/10/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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