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After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
The American Catholic bishops.
April 12th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.

“Religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad,” the American bishops said in a new document titled “Our first, most cherished freedom.”

Compared to other Catholic communications campaigns, “This is bigger in that it’s not a one-time thing, not aiming for a specific Sunday” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the communications director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “It’s going to be extensive and it’s going to be occurring over a few years.”

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The Catholic bishops say a proposed White House rule connected to the Affordable Care Act requiring health insurers to provide free contraception coverage forces the church to fund an activity it opposes for religious reasons. The White House tweaked an earlier version of the rule that required employers, rather than insurance companies, to pay for contraceptive coverage, mollifying some Catholic groups who objected to Catholic colleges and hospitals having to fund contraception coverage.

But the bishops said the so-called White House compromise didn’t go far enough.

In their Thursday document, the bishops also said that a handful of American states and municipalities have driven Catholic foster care and adoption services out of business because Catholic charities refused to place children with gay couples or unmarried straight couples.

The document also said that the federal government recently revised its contract with the Catholic Church’s Migration and Refugee Services to require it to provide or refer women to contraceptive and abortion services, in violation of Catholic teaching.

“Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home,” the bishops said in a Thursday statement. “It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?”

“This is not a Catholic issue,” the statement said. “This is not a Jewish issue. This is not an Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue. It is an American issue.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (2,540 Responses)
  1. LR

    Most people tend to ignore that other non-catholic charities are funded by the government. also, you people make it seem as if a few catholic priest are the only people to molest young boys. learn your stuff.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Howard

      Of course, Catholic priests aren't the ONLY molesters (and it's far from clear that it's only "a few"), but they almost certainly are the only molesters operating under the heading of "Let the children come unto me."

      April 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      No-one is saying that but the Catholic group of pedophiles are one of the few groups who cover it up and keep the perpetrators protected from proper prosecution. How do you live with yourself knowing you support a group that does this and in turn enables these men to continue to harm innocent children or do you not care?

      bishop-accountability.org has a massive list of pedophile priests

      April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      As long as they follow federal law I have no problem with ANY charitable organization receiving federal money. As long as they are doing good AND following the law.

      A "few" (relative only to the total number) priests AND the hierarchy above them that covered up and perpetuated the problem for decades. Every single Priest that turned a blind eye or especially transferred and covered up for offenders are just as guilty. Every priest that knew about it and did not do EVERYTHING they could to stop it, including going to the police themselves when their superiors continued to let it go on and on and on.....

      They are ALL guilty. And yes I do judge them. A court should be judging them. And if these hypocrites actually believed in the cr@p they peddle they would have been in mortal fear of their soul. Oh yeah, I guess they just confessed to another pedo and got a free pass into the next life. What a god they have!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • WiscBadger

      Howard "but they almost certainly are the only molesters operating under the heading of "Let the children come unto me."" What about school teachers and scout leaders and daycare workers that have abused children. You seem to have a selective memory.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  2. Degrin

    Religion is only under attack by one thing.....logic. And logic is winning, what a surprise!

    April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  3. Robyn Harris

    Perhaps the Catholic Church and Mr. Ratzinger would find their time better spent keeping their middle management priests from raping children, and their upper management bishops from covering it up, rather than demanding that the whole world bow down before their holier than thou leader.

    You really could not find _anyone_ in the world better suited to be CEO of your multi-national, tax-exempt, for-profit corporation than a guy who started off wearing a Nazi uniform? Isn't that pretty dramatically and publically evil even for you?

    April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  4. wow

    religion and freedom shouldn't even be in the same sentence.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Henry

      How do you know that?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @Henry: If 'wow' has to explain it to you, then you need to go back to grade school and read some real books (ie; science).

      April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  5. wow..

    catholic charities is mostly paid for by our tax dollar. That's right. Catholic hospitals and schools receive our tax dollar too.. called Grant money.

    In fact our tax dollar enables them to have a greater presence, that now means we are paying for their marketing.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      We are paying for them to lobby as well. I am already scouring the internet for groups who will stand up to this. They will be receiving my support and I suggest everyone else do the same.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Henry

      Can WOW speak for himself?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • WiscBadger

      "catholic charities is mostly paid for by our tax dollar." Can you back that up with data?

      April 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  6. Godoflunaticscreation

    Let them try! All this is going to accomplish is to highlight the areas where the Church is given special treatment. Like taking my tax dollars and not having to release a record of money spent, among other things. I am ready to support my fellow Americans who have had enough of religion being forced down their throat at every turn. Actions like this will only solidify our resolve and strengthen the bond and resolve of like minded individuals. First order of business will be to force churches to pay taxes, like every other ent1ty out there! Thank you for motivating us!

    April 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Henry

      You are another ignorant charlatan among many!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • WiscBadger

      Really? Who is forcing religion down your throat? Name a few.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  7. Brian

    The Catholic Church wants to have the freedom to discriminate! To them, "not being allowed to get in the way of other people" = "religious persecution".

    April 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  8. Brian

    Religious freedom is a two way street. You can't have freedom of religion without freedom from it. If they have a problem with birth control fine, but theres no reason they should be preventing others from getting access

    April 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Freedom of Religion is not Religion of Freedom nor can one have it both ways. Either one is the one way or the other. Choose wisely and wise you may become,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      April 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Actually it IS a two way street and the FOUNDERS made that very clear.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Isn't it funny how non religious people want religious freedom but also freedom from religion while religious wackos want only freedom of religion and the right to force their beliefs on you. Very telling.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • yupreally

      Pipe-Dreamer, what the hell are you trying to say?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Pipe- your comma key is stuck.

      Plus, Freedom OF religion is freedom FROM religion. SCOTUS has been very clear on this.

      Sorry.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Godoflunaticscreation,,,,,,,,,,,,

      two-way-street ,,,, as in one way heading North to God's Heavens and the Southern way to Hell's kitchens?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Ya'll's tally whacckers must be well bruised by now,,,,,, and your religious freedoms to eat the biddenness bitterns does ever give causes to revolt in paradigms' befitting the normailities of gender trophies! Once bitten, twice taunted but thrice times be hellishly a froggies' doggies !

      April 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • CosmicC

      @Primewonk – So far that has been true, but the current SCOTUS has a very different balance. There are some members who would support a form of Theocracy. They believe in freedom of religion, but not freedom from it. Atheists beware, we have enemies in court.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  9. yupreally

    The real reason Catholics oppose birth control? The more kids Catholics have, the better the chance that those kids will be Catholic and will continue to fund their religion. That's it. They feel they are under attack now because for whatever reason (I like to call it true enlightenment) people are moving away from religion because they see the sham and hypocricy of the organized religions. Religious values are great when people actually internalize those traits that will better society, but too many people say they are religious just to say they are religious and spew hate under that guise.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • tnfreethinker

      Well said, yupreally!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • WiscBadger

      You speak out against spewing hate while spewing it yourself.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • yupreally

      You're right, I hate the Catholic church for covering up hundreds of molestation cases and trying to brain wash people by appealing to their sense mortality. I don't hate the followers of the faith, I hate the people administering the drug.

      April 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  10. John Stevens

    I walked out during the reading of the bishop's letter and haven't been back since. I most likely will never return because my presence would indicate support for these people who will do anything they can to force their views on the entire society. They are not being persecuted at all. If they want to operate service organizations in the public realm, they should play by the same rules as everyone else so that their clients aren't forced to figure out whether or not they can get what they want and need.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  11. Colin

    Ten signs you are a Catholic.

    1. You believe that the pope has personal conversations with God (that nobody else ever hears) and is infallible when he elects to speak “from the chair” on matters of Church doctrine. You then wistfully ignore the fact that Church doctrine changes and that former popes therefore could not possibly have been “infallible”. Limbo, for example, was touted by pope after pope as a place where un-baptized babies who die go, until Pope Benedict XVI just eradicated it (or, more accurately, so watered it down as effectively eradicate it in a face saving way). Seems all those earlier “infallible” Popes were wrong – as they were on Adam and Eve v. evolution, heliocentricity v. geocentricity, immaculate conception, and a host of other issues that required an amendment of official Church doctrine. You also ignore the innumerable murders, rampant corruption and other crimes committed over the centuries by your “infallible”, god-conversing popes.

    2. You reject the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours. You are blissfully (or intentionally) blind to the fact, that had you been born in another part of the World, you would be defending the local god(s) and heralding the incorrectness of Catholic beliefs.

    3. You begrudgingly accept evolution (about a century after Darwin proved it and after accepting Genesis as literally true for about 2,000 years) and that Adam and Eve was totally made up, but then conveniently ignore that fact that your justification for Jesus dying on the cross (to save us from Original Sin) has therefore been eviscerated. Official Church literature still dictates a belief in this nonsense.

    4. You disdain native beliefs as “polytheist” and somehow “inferior” but cannot explain (i) why being polytheistic is any sillier than being monotheistic. Once you make the quantum leap into Wonderland by believing in sky-fairies, what difference does it make if you believe in one or many?; nor (ii) why Christians believe they are monotheistic, given that they believe in god, the devil, guardian angels, the holy spirit, Jesus, many demons in hell, the Virgin Mary, the angel Gabriel, thousands of saints, all of whom apparently make Earthly appearances periodically, and all of whom inhabit their various life-after-death lands (limbo, purgatory, heaven, hell) with magic-sacred powers of some kind.

    5. You bemoan the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don`t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees or the 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf (or the dozen or so other slaughters condoned by the bible). You also like to look to god to for guidance in raising your children, ignoring the fact that he drowned his own – according to your own Iron Age mythology.

    6. You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that God impregnated Mary with himself, to give birth to himself, so he could sacrifice himself to himself to “forgive” an ”Original Sin” that we now all know never happened.

    7. You criticize gays as sinners, but have no problem when Lot got drunk and committed father-daughter in.cest (twice) or offered his daughters to a mob to be gang ra.ped, or when Abraham, time and again, offered his wife up for the “pleasures” of kings to save his own skin.

    8. You believe that your god will cause anyone who does not accept your Iron Age stories to suffer a penalty an infinite times worse than the death penalty (burning forever in excruciating torture) simply because of their healthy skepticism, yet maintain that god “loves them”.

    9. You will totally reject any scientific breakthrough that is inconsistent with your established doctrine, unless and until it is so generally accepted as to back you into a corner. While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you of the deep inanity of your silly faith, some priest doing magic hand signals over grocery store bread and wine is enough to convince you it is thereby transformed into the flesh and blood of Jesus, because of the priest’s magic powers (or “sacred powers” if you prefer the more euphemistic term).

    10. You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to Lourdes, Fátima and other magic places and prayers in general. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. The remaining 99.99% failure was simply “god moving in mysterious ways”. The fact that, if you ask for something repeatedly, over and over, year after year, sooner or later that thing is bound to happen anyway, has not even occurred to you. A stopped clock is right twice a day.

    11. You accept the stories in the Bible without question, despite not having the slightest idea of who actually wrote them, how credible these people were or how long the stories were written after the alleged events they record occurred. For example, it is impossible for Moses to have written the first five books of the Old Testament, as Catholics believe. For one, they record his death and events after his death. In fact, the chance of the Bible being historically accurate in any but the broadest terms is vanishingly small.

    Heavens, I could not fit them into ten.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • LR

      just glanicing at your post, reason 8 is incorrect. Catholics believe that all people can get to heaven. get the facts straight before talking off the top of your head. Better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Brian

      And you didn't even mention the tendency of Catholics to interpret the Bible as meaning the opposite of what it says. For example:

      The Bible says, "no graven images." So the Catholics decide to carve the Stations of the cross inside every one of their churches, and put a carving of a dead Jesus on their crosses.

      Jesus preached poverty and humility. So the Catholics decide to build huge churches gleaming with gold, and dress their priests in the finest robes.

      Jesus preached that no one can be saved but through him. So the Catholics decide to set up a hierarchy of priests, bishops, archbishops, and the Pope, and tell followers that they are required to confess their sins to a priest.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • closet atheist

      @ LR ~~ You only refute 1 point of all those listed?!? Then surely you must admit to yourself the absurdity of religion....??

      April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Colin

      LR- Catholic doctrine specifically state sthat those who "hear the word" and reject it burn forever. Silly, Dark Ages stuff.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  12. Cathy Parker

    Bishops, it about time you stood up for our faith!! My prayers are with all of you. Hopefully the "smoke of Satan" will begin to dissapate from our churches now.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • blastoff

      I think you should dissipate from following this religion.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • wow..

      cathy is a priests. They are con men..

      April 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      I pray that our federal and state tax dollars stop supporting these bigots. Then they will be free to act as they wish within the confines of their narrow little faith.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "Bishops, it about time you stood up for our faith"

      Just another supporter of pedophiles...how sweet!! The US government should keep children away from this woman in order to keep those children from being put at risk! Turning a blind eye to the issue does not make it go away.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  13. Colin

    Catholicism is the belief that an infinitely old, all-knowing super-being, powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, has a personal interest in my $ex life.

    Atheism is the belief that the above belief is ridiculous.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • clarify

      Actually, these laws are doing the opposite: forcing the church into everyone's bedrooms.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • sargon the great

      Colin – You're posts are brilliant! Keep it up!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • sargon the great

      You're -> Your

      April 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Henry

      What authority you have to make such assertions?You are just another deceived dumbbell on your way to hell.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      The authority of logic trumps ANY religious hocus-pocus.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  14. LR

    Stop referring to the church molesting youung boys. this is a gross stereotype considering the tiny percent of priests who have actually committed this sin. Most priests aer kind, nice, caring people.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • wow..

      the bishops created the WORST crimes, the cover ups. Instead of helping the child, they protected their own reputation first. Acquaint yourself with the popes letter demanding the silence kept. I know for a fact, I'm a victim whose pedo priest is one of these bishops today.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • DPGW

      whatever the percentage, it's an unfortunate fact of your faith that cannot be ignored, sorry.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Ben

      Very true, a tiny minority of people within the Catholic church have committed those types of atrocities and it is not fair to just say they're all pedophiles. But I do believe that it is right to attack the Catholic church as a whole (or at least the people in charge) for its response to cases of child molestation.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • As If

      Most priests are kind, nice, caring people? I'd like to meet one. Finding a priest that fits that description is like finding a frat boy who doesn't drink beer. All those kinds, nice, caring priests I know are the reason I left the Church.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Just watch any old movies. They are loaded with kind priests and other fantasies.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      It's a reality, not a stereotype. Go to http://www.bishop-accountability.org for further info. Supporting a group of pedophiles does not speak well of you as a person.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • John

      I had a great priest growing up but the fact still remains the church did everything in its power to cover up what those few were doing. It wasn't just a small area either, it is all over the world that people are coming out with these stories. On top of the cover ups they allow millions to die due to aids because they just can't accept that condoms should be used. Local churches and priest are not normally the problem, it is the Catholic church in Rome that is the problem. Out of touch with rest of the world. So sick of hearing about this attack on religion, god is still on our money, congress still prays, president is still sworn in on the bible, churches are still exempt from taxes, the word god in in the pledge and much more. Although I don't have a personal problem with any of that, I do have a problem with hearing how religiion is so under attack. So you lost the public school systems, other than that you have lost nothing!!!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • wow

      correction. only a small percent have been caught molesting little boys. check it out. If i didn't fit in, was lame, couldn't find a calling, dealing with crazy gay closet thoughts, couldn't speak to woman, I would become a priest....maybe. They're con men. I went to a private Jesuit University and homilies and sermons were about how the church was amazing only if it had your money to create miracles. That's the message i got after 4 years of listening to that bull$h1t

      April 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  15. DPGW

    Shades of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens all through these posts. For once I see a glimmer, A GLIMMER of hope for man kind...

    April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  16. wow..

    here is your church.. http://imgur. com/gallery/iX6GP (remove space)

    April 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • wow..

      let's not forget the priests hanging out in nursing homes pick-pocketing the residents.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Everett

      What's the bishop's name? The one who abused you? Have you reported it?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • wow..

      protected by statutes of limitations.. Yep, the catholic church lobbies to stop laws that would expose pedos. Statutes does just that. The most violent pedo will traumatize the child for near life. When the child wakes from that trauma, statutes denies the victim and protects the church and pedos.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @wow: The USA has a statute of limitations on that type of crime? Wow, that's sad...certain things, this type of crime being one of them, do not have such statutes applied to them here in Canada...I believe this is due to the fact that our government realizes that most times these sorts of crimes are not reported until later in a persons life.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Everett

      I can sympathize greatly with your pain. The statue of limitations is a USA law problem. Not much can be done about that unless the law changes. I know the Church has offered to pay for counseling for all victims and has been willing to pay out a lot in cash settlements. Obviously, this is a small drop in the bucket of repairing the damage done in your life. But what are they not doing that you think they should be doing? Also, what is the bishop's name?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  17. Mike

    Religious liberty *is* only about choosing whether to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about choosing which particular faith one chooses to believe, and how one chooses to believe in the faith they've chosen. It is *not* about any one faith forcing their beliefs on anyone else – including employees who may choose to believe differently, nor is it about any particular faith contributing to society.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Hmmmm.. The Supreme Corp. seems to believe corporations are people and most churches are incorporated, so.........This could get ugly......

      April 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • clarify

      There is no forcing anywhere. That is the whole point. The church is the one being forced to go against conscience. Are you for forcing people to murder? That is what this amounts to. The act of procreation is no one's business and therefore, is the individuals expense in any way, shape, or form. You do it, you pay for it.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Mike

      Preventing procreation from happening in the first place is not "murder." Actually killing a living, breathing human being *IS* murder. It's really bothersome that you can't make that distinction. Regardless, the Church can try to convince its employees that certain actions are morally wrong (according to its view of morality), but because it employs individuals in the secular realm, it should not be allowed to dictate.

      I will agree, though, that the act of procreation is no one's business. Where you and I differ is that I believe this includes the Catholic Church.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      So you are saying that OB/GYN care of pregnant women should be on them completely? No insurance for that either? Because that IS what you just said.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      Just to clarify, clarify, the church isn't being forced to do anything. Organizations which are not churches, but have the word "christian" in their names, and close ties to the church, are being forced to treat employees who are not members of their faith the same way those employees would be treated by any other employer. If you want to follow religious law, good for you. If you are willing to let someone else enforce it on you, again, good for you. If you want to enforce it as part of private employment, no, sorry, that's not ok.

      You are free to close your business on sunday, and christmas, and whatever other days you consider holy. Good for you. But if you hire someone of another faith, you can't require them to work on their holy days. Even if your plumbing company is Bob's Christian Plumbing, you can't require your orthodox jewish plumber to work friday nights.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Henry

      See if your pea brain can process and understand the following sentence.
      Exodus 21: 22- 25, “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Mike

      Henry – Perhaps you'd care to explain this?

      Matthew 5:38-41: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  18. wow..

    It's a pedo organization that is out for themselves..

    April 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • NJBob

      Parasites.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  19. Realist

    Poor religious zealots - you're starting to see your 2000+ year crushing, abusive control over humanity come to and end. How sad for you. How many lives have you destroyed? How much hate have you fostered? How many wars did you precipitate? How much advancement of intellect and technology did you prevent? How much fear did you propagate? You, of course, say "none", but .. we all know better, and that you have been and continue to be the very root of what is wrong with the world. I for one am glad that you're about to die, perhaps opening the doors to the world peace you've feigned as your goal for centuries. We all secretly knew that all you really wanted was to stay in power at any cost - well played. However.. goodbye, farewell, and don't come back.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • WiscBadger

      Realist – "I for one am glad that you're about to die" And you say the church fosters hate? You are the one that is spreading hate.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Hoping a cruel powerful organization will die is not on par with hoping a person will die. Its hoping the shackles of supersti.tion will be cast off freeing millions of people.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    There was no god, there is no god, there never will be a god.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
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