Peter Wolfgang Executive Director of the Family Institute of CT and hostess Corinn Dahm discuss the Fortnight of Freedom of the US Conference of Bishops and the HHS Mandate that precipitated it. He focuses on the fact that it is not an issue of whether contraception should be available or not but rather religious liberty: shouldn’t there be a conscience clause to let Religious Institutes opt out? Our first freedoms are at stake, the First Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States. If the first amendment means anything it means that the federal government can not do this. This issue transcends all party lines and all creeds because if the government is allowed to do violence to the basic freedom of religion then it can also do violence to any group’s freedoms, liberal or conservative, religious or secular. One of the biggest problems is the redefinition of terms including what is religion, what is health care and who is the magisterium and Pope of the Catholic Church. Should the government be allowed to do this?! We are saying this is not about contraception but it certainly is for the Obama administration. There are huge fines for not complying that is totally out of proportion with any other issue. Notre Dame alone will have to pay about 10 million dollars a year if they do not want to comply. Ave Maria!
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This video, “Catholic Soldiers and Catholic Chaplains” is a section of a film shown at the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Fortnight for Freedom” event held at George Washington University on June 24, 2012.
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Hannah C. Smith is the Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Her organization was the first in the nation to file lawsuits against the HHS Insurance Mandate on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, EWTN, Ave Maria University, and others.
She recently came to La Crosse, WI to discuss a multitude of growing threats to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The evening was sponsored by the Diocese of La Crosse, the La Crosse Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and the Newman Catholic Students of UW-La Crosse.
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At the “Celebration of Freedom,” thousands gathered in prayerful celebration of the heritage of religious liberty in America and the vital contributions of Catholics in building this nation.
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