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–URGENT–First Amendment Under Attack

Posted by revkharma on March 9, 2009

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. (First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Submitted 9/25/1789. Adopted, 12/15/1791)

 

That seems pretty clear to me.  No law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. I don’t see any weasel words. I don’t see any hidden, dependant clauses. Nothing I can see  gives an option to restrict the freedom if someone does not like the way a religious group handles their finances. But—

 

There is a bit of legislation under consideration in Connecticut which will allow the state of Connecticut to dictate the terms and ororganization under which the Roman Catholic Church may operate.  I heard of this earlier, and simply did not believe what I heard. I thought for sure that it was being misrepresented. I thought for certain that this was going to turn out to be an ‘Urban Legend”.

Well I was wrong: This bill Number 1098 specifies the form and the makeup of the corporate board which is required for any Catholic parish in the state. Specifically it targets representative of the Diocese, preventing the Church hierarchy from holding voting seats. This  cannot be seen as anything other than the State of Connecticut interfering directly in the free exercise of a religious organization. While this bill specifically and directly targets one particular church, it can, and certainly will be used as a template to aggressively pursue the extinction of any Independence any churches hold within the state. If anyone in Connecticut can explain this to me in a way which casts it as anything other than insidious, I’d like to hear from  them.  Clearly this must not stand. even if you don’t live there, all Americans have a stake in repelling this face on assault on one of the most cherished freedoms in American history. Call, write, fax everyone you can find in Connecticut to stop this.

Keep the Faith!  ( and work to keep it FREE!)

The Rev

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3 Responses to “–URGENT–First Amendment Under Attack”

  1. James said

    Thanks for posting this.

  2. drjim said

    Stunning….simply stunning.
    How much longer before the Thought Police arrive?
    This country (or what remains of it) will be in flames from coast-to-coast before The One’s term expires.

  3. lucideyedream2150 said

    This is unacceptable. I am going to spread this news.

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