Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Religious Freedom; Fortnight for Freedom: Make a Difference

I think religious freedom is important: the right to practice my faith, the freedom to act as if God matters: not just go into a building once a week and do 'religious stuff.'

Every Catholic bishop in America has said that Catholics should get informed, write Congress, and end a particularly bad HHS mandate. Today, Catholics who are in medical professions must kill very young people: or pay someone else to do the job.

Business owners, all but a small minority, aren't forced to do the knife work: but they are required to pay the assassins. That's not a very nice way to put it, but forcing folks to pay for 'women's health coverage' isn't nice, either.

Resources: We Can Make a Difference

I've posted links to these resources before, but not all in one post.

The most urgent item is the June 19 deadline for submitting comments to Congress. These links send you to the NCHLA (National Committee for a Human Live Amendment) website:
Also coming soon (June 21-July 4):
These are 'current' resources:

Background: Why Ethics Matter

You may already have seen these items. They were released earlier this year. If you haven't, I recommend reading them - and passing along what you learn:

Isn't it Illegal for Religious People to Get Involved?

The First Amendment involves freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. (October 5, 2011, September 2, 2011)

I'm not trying to 'force people to believe what I do.' On the other hand, I do want to help reverse the HHS mandate. I also want to help and make the murder of very young people illegal in America.

This would interfere with the rights of adults who are currently able to kill inconvenient people - provided the job is done before the kid is born.

On the other hand, if abortion is recognized as legalized murder: folks who would otherwise be killed before they can vote will get a chance to make decisions for themselves. I think that's a good idea.

I've been over what I have to do, as a practicing Catholic, before:
  • Support religious freedom
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2104-2109)
    • For everybody
      (Catechism, 2106)
  • Take an active part in public life
    (Catechism, 1915)
  • contribute to the good of society
    • In a spirit of
    • Truth
    • Justice
    • Solidarity
    • Freedom
    (Catechism, 2239)
  • Submit to legitimate authorities
    (Catechism, 2239)
That last item, submitting to legitimate authorities, isn't as cut-and-dried as it may seem. I can't just follow whatever harebrained, destructive, order the nearest authority gives: and then say 'I was only following orders.' (March 12, 2012)

More posts about forcing Catholics to violate our conscience:
The Department of Health and Human Services vs. Conscience

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I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.