The Catholic Bishops relearn the lesson of Pastor Niemöller and the totalitarian mindset. Will the UCC?
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But USCCB does not join in every action of the group, as in the case of this petition.
In any event, we are certainly not participating in any campaign to censor any news organization, program or commentator.
Now. Do you see a rousing defense of Rush Limbaugh’s First Amendment rights there? How about the First Amendment rights of Lou Dobbs? How about the First Amendment rights of any of the others mentioned?
No. You don’t.
Well let’s see what happens when the target of the American left shifts slightly.
Let’s first see the exact text of the First Amendment. It reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It is, in fact, the second section that protects Rush, Lou Dobbs and everyone else in America, be they private citizen or press, and specifically the press. The opening — “Congress shall make no law” — is then applied to the second section of “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”
When it came time to stand up in stout defense of this constitutional right of the First Amendment, the Catholic Bishops appeared to hedge.
But now? Now?
This time the attack on the First Amendment is not on the second part. It isn’t about the First Amendment rights of Rush or Lou Dobbs or their media brethren. No, this time, the attack is on those who are protected by the very first line in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
POW! This attack from the left — the Obamacare contraception/abortion controversy — is about an attack on religious liberty and quite specifically the Catholic Church itself. The church that is represented by — yes — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Do the bishops hedge now? Not a prayer.
Here’s the headline in USA Today:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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