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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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  1. Barry G.

    Jesus condemned the sin of hypocrisy (pretending to be something you are not) above all sins.

    Jesus taught that “all who came before him were thieves and robbers (because they did not care about the people, but rather used the flock for their own personal benefit or gratification).

    What Jesus said still seems to apply to many today, who profess to be leaders in the church and to those who are our political leaders, who are supposed to be serving the people, rather than using their offices and positions to get rich (via the lobbyists and other unscrupulous means).

    Jesus said: I am the good shepherd, because he would lay down his life for the sheep (the people).

    The New Testament epistle of James says that not many should become teachers, because those who teach will be judged by a stricter standard and are expected to live by higher standards than is expected of others.

    The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome and said: Because of the wickedness and sinfulness of certain ones who professed to be God’s people, the name of God was being blasphemed by all people.

    I would urge anyone who professes to be a leader in the church to carefully consider and heed these teachings, which are found in the Bible.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Pipe-Dreamer

    Freedom of Religions is not Religions 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,,,,,,,,,,,,

    The so-declared "two-way-streets" are akin to a field being fenced but unlike the fielded fences, the two-way-streets carry things one way and another. Knowing which way one is traveling is the importance of one's direction and destination. Moreover the road to Hell is much traveled while the road to the Heavens is less sought to be traveled upon and toward.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • drowlord

      Pipe smoker, maybe? With a special somethin-somethin in it?

      April 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Tracy Imhoff

      Did you mean: Freedom of Religion vs. Freedom from religion the later seems to be winning in this country. You can practice in your own home but don't you dare bring it out in the public. I think that even in your own home is at risk.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • otto

      pipe-dreamer,

      I love how religious people claim persecution when they are not allowed to push their supersti.tions on others and make claims they can't back up, like roads to heaven and he.ll.

      Heck I can make stuff up too, then when I run a business can I make my employees follow my magic rules too? If you worked for me and I made you follow the rules of Mithra would that be ok?

      April 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  3. Henry

    The CNN Forums can be likened to a great love feast of sows, pigs, hogs, and boars, being led by biased warthogs wallowing in crap, engorging themselves with falsehoods and lies for the great day of slaughter. The only thing that the sodomites of CNN Forum can balance is a shalong between their teeth, and truth to them is another shalong packing fudge.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • azDave

      Say what?

      April 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Magic

      True!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Becka

      Please seek help Henry!!!!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      🙂 🙁 🙂

      April 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Henry,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      Spare yourself the anguish that others want you to feel for many zealots know only how to eat unpleasentries and regurgitate upon others with impudence! 🙁 🙂 🙁

      April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  4. drowlord

    Shocking that this is the religious organization most iconic for religious persecution, worldwide. In no small measure, America was founded by people fleeing Catholicism. Our iconic "freedom of religion" is most specifically a freedom from Catholicism. Ignoring the bloody and hateful history of the church, which included inquisitions and crusades, this is the church that brought up Adolph Hitler. This is the church of Nazi Germany. The current pope was a Hitler youth, and served as a Nazi. While I don't object to Catholics practicing their religion, in general, the idea of THEM invoking freedom of religion to protect their interests is more hypocrisy than I can stand.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  5. jazz11

    What happened..... run out of little bots?

    April 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Colin

    10 Commandments that every child should be taught.

    1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.

    2. DO NOT think that claims about magic and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.

    3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.

    4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".

    5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and goblins and believing in any of them does not make one moral.

    6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should I believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.

    7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?

    8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of god” or “god moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.

    9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?

    10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.

    I sometimes think that, if we first taught our children these simple guidelines, any supernatural belief would be quickly dismissed by them as quaint nostalgia from a bygone era. I hope we get there as a species.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • closet atheist

      Great book that I read to my 4 year old daughter.... "Maybe Yes, Maybe No".... teaches kids to think critically and use scientific method to evaluate people's claims. All this in a cute, child-friendly way w/ pictures and all..!! And she loves it... 🙂

      April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Colin

      Thereby giving her a great head start in life. Well done.

      PS: The next time you post, I hope your name is "Out of the closet Atheist".

      April 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Geri

      Only one word necessary-SUPERB!!!!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • azDave

      I liked that so much I saved it as a text file. You should put that on T-shirts and sell them.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Oblio

      I hope that we will one day evolve beyond the need for reason and be able to survive based on cunning and superior physical attributes as do other animals at the top of the food chain. Perhaps we can direct our evolution to make this possible – design our post-human selves and then abdicate and disappear as a species.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • closet atheist

      @ Colin ~~ I'm technically not THAT guarded about my beliefs... most who know me (my religious family included), know where I stand. I would just never let anybody in my professional life know my beliefs. No need for risking uneccessary persecution... even though they can openly talk about their religions. Maybe one day....

      April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • TownC

      Have faith and trust in fallible man and not in God. Believe that rights come from people and not from God!! If rights are given by man they can be taken by man. If you want to think critically, don't believe these 10 commandments because they are posted on line. Life has real meaning and purpose. Freedom of religion was so important to our founding fathers it was included in the first of the amendments. It must be respected even if what the church says you things you don't agree with.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Eric

      Kinda like the New Bible written on a Post-it.

      "Don't be a dick" – God

      April 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Andrew

      I am a devout Christian, and I frankly agree with some of what you have posted here. One should be critical of what they are told and know why they believe what they believe. However, you are being more than a little one-sided and I would love to discuss it with you.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Colin

      In what respect am I being one sided, Andrew? These same ten rules should be applied to anything an atheist or agnostic says, too.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • drowlord

      Commandment #1: Be skeptical. #2: See number 1. #3: See number 1. #4: See number 1. #5: See number 1... and so on. Not a very useful set of commandments. Not that number 1 isn't useful, but maybe we could throw in a few things about hurting people and cheating them and taking personal responsibility? Your priorities seem a little lop-sided...

      April 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • james

      Colin,
      You asked in what repsect you were being one sided. Here you are:
      You state that "you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born." Not only is that one-sided (and narrow-minded), but it is patently false for a great many people. There are many Christians around the world that are minorities where they live and have chosen to be Christian in spite of where they were born.
      You also state that "DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural....One can be moral without believing in gods." That is faulty logic. You fail to mention that one can beleive in the supernatural AND be moral. So not only is that statement one-sided, but it is also misleading.
      I could go on, but I believe the answer to your question is now manifest.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  7. RCIA Grad

    I find it amazing how all these posts attack the Church. You are the same people who screem for your rights and talk over other people to get you point heard. Attacking people of the christian faith, I am sure, makes you all feel so grown up. I take it most of you just now left High School. I don't see anyone attacking Muslims, Hindo's or Jews. that would go against your twisted ideas as a citizen of the world. I hope and pray that you find happyness and you one day find some wisdom in your lives.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Chris

      The Church claims to have the right to discriminate against gays and unmarried couples (amongst other groups) so people should have the right to criticize the Church.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Looks like a carnival

      All the faiths are ridiculous, the only one with an iota of reality is re-incarnation in the fact energy is simply transferred and not lost. It is not religion is being "attacked", it is that is being questioned. Something which prior to the past decade or so never happened. People were fearful to question the basis of the non-provable beliefs and how they are used to write law and influence the boundaries of modern civilizations. Instead of rolling over and taking whatever these religious fanatics say as fact and living by their rules, people now question them on the statements they make. As such, the religion/s have nothing to counter with that is factual (e.g. why is contraception bad, etc) so they come out with "We are being attacked!"

      Give me a break.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      So it's an attack to ask the church to follow the laws of the U.S regarding taxes for Non profit organizations?

      April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • wolfloversk

      @Chris Criticizing somebody does not mean you have to go about discriminating them. So don't equate the two.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • drowlord

      Pretty much the only reason we have "the right" to freedom of religion, is because our founding fathers (and early colonists) so despised the crushing evil and intolerance of the Catholic church, rather specifically. Even in this case, they are "defending their right" to prevent their employees from getting medical services.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • CradleCath

      They won't find lasting happiness RCIA. Because they'll only rely on themselves or other earthly things for that happiness and as flawed individuals – in which we all are, their happiness will be flawed as well, either flipping from one thing to the next in hopes that they find that one true item or thing that makes them happy. But like everything does, those 'things' get old or become less desirable, and they simply toss them away, or make excuses to walk away from it. As I read these comments, I truly wonder what will become of this nation, of this world. In fact as a Godless society, the results are already in. Everyone acting as if they're their own god, that they're their own religion and that they know what's best for themselves. Again, we're flawed, so their ideas are flawed as well as their results. There are 84 million Catholics alone in the US – enough to elect the President, enough to stand up against most anything. So let these folks have their say, let them think what is best for themselves...because it won't last. It never does so be patient.

      In my profession, I'm with a lot of these same people as they're passing away and first, they're always apprehensive about dying because to them – there is nothing on the other side. Secondly, once they pass, the expression on their faces as they pass are ones that I wish every non-religious person could see. So let them have their time with us here – just keep you eye on the greater prize.

      BTW Congrads RCIA

      April 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • RCIA Grad

      So you have the right to go after my church but I don't have the right to live my life the way I want.? The left or right will push their agenda hiding behind what ever but all I want is to be left alone with my faith. you can practice what you want. go pray to galatic energy. I won't hold it against you but don't tell me how to worship.

      April 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • RCIA Grad

      CradCatholic – thank you and thank you for what you do. Glad to have arrived

      April 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  8. JMH

    The Obama compromise that made the insurance companies cover contraception took the Church out of the equation and, apparently they didn't like it. These people are looking for a reason to gripe and are more than happy to fabricate one if it doesn't exist. They also want to impose their narrow views on the rest of the country and look at the separation of church and state as wholly misguided. My father recalls the brothers in his school back in the 40s saying that they were working to make the US a Catholic nation. Various other religions are doing the same thing. This is exactly why the founders wisely put up a wall between the two. Can you imagine if this country really did espouse one religion over all others? No matter which one it was, we'd be having the Spanish Inquisition all over again.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Trisha

      The Catholic employers have every right to not cover free contraceptive coverage (or any coverage at all) within their health plans. Some employers don't even provide medical coverage to their employees at all; has government mandated that all employers provide coverage? For the government to mandate something that goes against the very core of their mission is infringing on their religious rights and practices (plain and simple!). Contraceptives go against everything the Catholic religion stands for–it prevents life and destroys it. Last time I checked that's called murder. P.S. you are free to NOT work for a Catholic employer and get all the contraceptive coverage you need!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  9. BobZemko

    What about the church's attacks on gays and other groups?

    April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      BobZenko,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      Freedom of Religions is not Religions 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 1:12 pm |
    • Brampt

      Bob- even though bible condems gay practices, someone the first apostles were gay before they became Christians. Everyone decides what to do if there gay or not, but the fact is that it's not correct in God point of view, an its against nature, there can not be procreation with gays...sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for those practices. But like some of the first Christians everyone can change, it not easy, but it's possible. But I understand when people criticize the church... Specially when some of them are gays and pedophile and are hiding in the Vatican...

      April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  10. damo12345

    Your "freedom of religion" means that you can believe what you like.

    Believers in this stuff need to stop saying "you're attacking my Freedom of Religion!" every time the government doesn't give them everything they want on legislative policies that effect everyone, including those of us that don't believe any of these myths.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  11. JoJo

    I respect religious freedom, but it's annoying that the Bishops are morally outraged about contraceptives, though when all the child-molesting was going on, they were mostly silent. And although the Vatican's official position on the War in Iraq was that it violated Just War Criteria, these hypocrites were very quiet about that unnecessary trillion tax-dollar holocaust too, and most American Catholics didn't even know about the Church's opposition to the war. Thanks yet again for more confirmation that I made the right decision in rejecting religion for Humanism years ago.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Cdn Medic

      Bravo, JoJo!! The Vatican is running a business with considerable worries on "market share" and, in light of the unending scandals, seeks to protect whatever assets and revenues they still have

      April 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  12. Jim Hahn

    Religious freedom is not being compromised. Religions are free to do all the activities they would like to do. HOWEVER, when they run a business that serves the public, even if it is a charity, then they have to be abide by all the laws that cover businesses of that type and can't pick and choose which laws they will follow or not. Apparently the Catholic Church still hasn't gotten the message even after the priest abuse scandals.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  13. Shaggy

    It is a shame that they are reacting more strongly to an inability to force their religious beliefs on others than they ever did to the persistent worldwide issue of child molestation by their "celibate" priesthood. I don't remember a direction to condemn that behavior in sermons or newsletters.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  14. 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,,,,,,,,,,,,

    All, "built by the hands of humanists" churches have no heart nor soul nor holy spirit of God! They are as empty shells with no powers! The "True Churches" of the Kingdoms of God lay within/inside the bodies of the people and all other forms of Life upon this Earth and where ever within the Celestial Cosmos of Dimensional Tranquilities!

    Do not women have misscariages? Do they not have still births? Who then is to say as you said I "feel" that abortion is murder when one considers the "natural" murdering ways of misscariages and still births?

    April 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Chuck

      Hay lefty come on back. Murder is taking of one life, Death is a natural way of loosing ones life. If I follow your thoughts then I should be able to abort my toddler well because what's the difference.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Artanis

      I think I am misunderstanding what you are saying there. Misscarriages and still births exist, therefore abortion is not murder? That is like saying because there are heart attacks and cancer you can go around stabbing people. That doesn't make any sense.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  15. 1212

    There is a prophecy of the last pope being Ratzinger. With the child abuse of the church and a societal loss of faith growing more everyday, it just proves the war on religion is in full swing. Much of the damage coming as much from the hypocrites within as those with a contempt from outside the church. The new religion of man was written of centuries ago and soon many activist atheist will see their dream of a world without religion come to fruition. If you can not see the signs, you probably never will. Personally, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it even though I see it as clearly as the writing on the wall. If these prophecies come true than that means the remainder should as well. In the end, it is what was meant to be.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Losing one's faith in one thing, faith is found in another thing. The measuring of faith is shared and in sharing faith among others such faith becomes them.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • damo12345

      "Soon many activist atheist will see their dream of a world without religion come to fruition"

      Heh.

      Yeah, it's a nice thought, but we're not that lucky.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Faithful

      ....And the gates of Hell will not prevail against it..." Jesus said ,of the Church He founded 2,000 years ago.

      It's interesting that CNN has had wall to wall religious threads for months; each one bringing out more hatred and abuse from non-believers.

      Good for the Bishops. We must stand up for our Faith. Why should godless bullies keep us quiet? In spite of the horror of those degenerate priests who abused children and those who deliberately covered it up [using their OWN free will – they weren't ordered to abuse by the Church] the Faith of the Catholic Church will survive. It may be smaller in number but with all the 'dead wood" and disloyalty to God within the Catholic Church at the moment – it will be better and stronger than ever.

      If you don't like it – you don't HAVE to miss out on Heaven!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  16. qwanchilew

    All religion is made up to "try" to keep the sheople in order. It is as fake as Romney.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Tr1Xen

      I find it amusing how many folks who claim to be socially liberal have such a problem with people being allowed to practice religion as they please. As an atheist, I am personally offended any time someone tries to force their religion on me. Likewise, however, I think it's equally wrong to force religious people to participate in activities which they find morally reprehensible. I think the Catholic Church is right to challenge this rule. It goes against their teachings. Wouldn't the rest of us get very upset if the government told us we weren't allowed to use contraception anymore? Why would we force others to pay for it when it's against the teachings of their religion? It's hypocrisy!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Chris

      Tr1xen, if one day you need a blood transfusion, I do hope your employer's religion does not condemn it as the Catholic church does with contraceptives for women with ovarian cysts. Or you would go in serious debt paying for it out of pocket, while still paying premiums for your health insurance.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Faithful

      Qwanch – Religions or no religion at all are there for people who CHOOSE to follow them. If you're not interested fine, but if not, just get on with your life. Hatred hurts only the hater – half the people you hate don't KNOW you hate them; the other half don't care. It's a pointless exercise!

      Tr1Xen – I am a Catholic – you are an Atheist, but I am so impressed and I thank you for a thoughtful and respectful post. I wish you well.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Faithful

      Chris – stop spouting anti-Catholic propaganda.
      [1] The Catholic Church has NO problem with the pill for MEDICAL reasons – none whatsoever.
      [2] Pope Benedict said several years ago that the condom was acceptable in Africa to prevent the spread of aids – another MEDICAL condition.

      Don't show your ignorance by stupid scare tactics!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  17. RetardedCatholicMoron

    I am a single woman pregnant with my 9th child and strictly follow the rules and don't take contraceptives. While all the libtards in here are spewing venom against contraceptives – I'm having the last laugh because it is their tax dollars that are giving me child tax credits and food stamps. While my life on earth is hell look forward to having the last laugh again in heaven when all the jerks commenting on this story are in hell. GOD IS GREAT.

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

      I'm with you sister. Never have I heard so much hate talk. If that came from our side we would be slain by all these libs. Hang in there and I AM will bless you. If others don't get it then search it out. By the way 6 kids and counting. I didn't kill a one of them.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • JoJo

      Thanks for the hate rant and contributing to overpopulation for the rest of us. If you want to sacrifice your one and only life for after-life fantasies, that's your business but leave the rest of us alone.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Faithful

      JoJo – It's HARDLY a hate rant – that's YOUR department.

      I thought liberals were all for personal choice???????? Only when it suits you, eh? Hypocrite!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  18. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    A secular business gets taxed; a religious business does not. That's not fair!

    April 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  19. Looks like a carnival

    So I knew the article would be a waste of time, but hey when I opened the link I nearly fell over laughing hysterically at all the men in costumes in the picture and felt it was worth it.

    An attack on religion huh? What about your attacks on every one who doesn't buy in to your circus show of bishops and cardinals and blue jays and robins with your ball on a chain throwing steam in to the air?

    Too funny...people pay to listen to these people tell them how to live their lives. It is almost beyond common sense!

    April 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • down up

      You have to do more research and get your facts straight about how the Catholic faith truly works.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Looks like a carnival

      Oh I am well aware of how the Catholic faith works, my father and all my uncles were raised in Boys Town. Not one of them, a family of 17 children with 12 boys, is Catholic today. I am WELL aware of how this clown show works. Keep giving your money to them so they can then tell you how to live your lives. Hysterical

      April 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • LaLa

      It's not steam – it's smoke from incense. If you are going to insult someone, at least know what you are insulting.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Faithful

      You've GOT to be a terminally baffled Liberal !!! You've just got to be!

      Only a victim of the failed American education system could be so ignorant. The Romans wore silly hats and skirts with a metal vest and they were as hards as nails and ruled the world for a fair bit.

      Faux Santa's wear a red suit and a big white beard in the stores at Christmas so the kids know who he "is"

      Soldiers, nurses, firefighters, sailors, army and judges ALL wear uniforms so we can tell at a glance who, and what,they are

      So what was your juvenile, stupid point again? You need to get out more if that makes you laugh!

      April 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  20. car door carpet town

    Religion has a place in every aspect of our lives. The non-religous will tell you religion has no place any place.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • jimtanker

      You've got that right. It has NO place in my life or in government. You need to keep your religion in your church and in your home.

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

      As a non-belier I of course don't agree with the first part of your statement. Mainly because it would be hard to figure out which religiion to chose. However, I also don't agree with the second part. If my wife goes to church, I go with her. In god we trust and under god don't bother me. Someone opening an otherwise secular meeting with a prayer – no problem. I even volunteer for Habitat for Humanity (A faith-based organisation) What I will tell you is that no religion has the right to dictate its dogma to anyone else. That includes masquerding creation myths as science and letting religous beliefs dictate public policy. Again, we would first have to agree on which religion, and then on which subset. That could get tricky. So I mostly say "Live and let live" After all, Jefferson wrote something like "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." So I'm thinking I'm in good company.

      April 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
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