Reader: +Gomez warns religious liberty in peril, SF targets crisis pregnancy center, ‘Arab Winter’ for Christians?By
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Archbishop José Gomez penned a powerful piece in First Things on “our first freedom” – that of religious liberty. The archbishop of the nation’s largest diocese said: “There is much evidence to suggest that our society no longer values the public role of religion or recognizes the importance of religious freedom as a basic right.” He cited several attacks on religious liberty including: the legal fights surrounding the merger of Catholic and secular hospitals, the Justice Department claiming in Court that religious supporters of marriage are biased and prejudiced, and the recent federal contraception mandate that provides a religious exemption so narrow that almost no Catholic organization would qualify. This article is a must-read. http://cvote.to/6X
Maronite patriarch (Catholic) warns of an ‘Arab Winter’ in which the rights of Christians are harmed in countries like Egypt and Libya where a dictator is removed only to be replaced with a regime that actually persecutes Christians more. “We do not wish to see happening in these countries what happened in Iraq, where the country now is in the middle of a civil war,” said Patriarch Bechara Rai. http://cvote.to/6Y
The City of San Francisco passed a law that targets crisis pregnancy centers for “false advertising.” According to Catholic San Francisco newspaper: “The ‘False Advertising by Limited Services Pregnancy Centers’ legislation, introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen, is aimed at First Resort’s use of billboards in poor Latino and African-American neighborhoods and pay-per-click Google ads that bring up First Resort’s website in response to the search engine query ‘abortion.’” Makes you wonder: What happened to Free Speech? http://cvote.to/6a
Quote of the Day
“We are slowly losing our sense of religious liberty in America.” – Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles.
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Other articles of interest:
A federal judge puts a stop on a law in North Carolina which requires that women be allowed to see an ultrasound before abortion. http://cvote.to/6b
The Pennsylvania Senate is set to vote on a school choice plan tomorrow. http://cvote.to/6d
Ron Paul said that heterosexual soldiers were “causing more trouble than the gays.” A curious way to win over social conservative voters in Iowa. http://cvote.to/6e