Friday, July 04, 2014

"The Progressive message is clear. Only atheists should govern."

No prejudice is dead so long as it can help The Movement.

Here is what Justice Alito actually wrote in his opinion, presumably between saying the Angelus and rooting for Notre Dame: “We Hold that the regulations that impose this obligation violate the RFRA, [Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, signed by a non-Catholic named Clinton] which prohibits the Federal Government from taking any action that substantially burdens the exercise of religion unless that action constitutes the least restrictive means of serving a compelling government interest” The obvious point is that government is free to provide contraceptives.

The attack on Catholicism from the Left on this story is a cheap and easy shot. It’s a placeholder for actual discussion. We all know that none of these outlets would talk about Judaism or Islam in similar terms. I am a Catholic, I go to church, I was married in the church, I raise my son in the church. I believe its teachings are exclusively true, just as Jews and Muslims and Baptists do. I don’t demand that anyone agree with me. Well maybe my son, for now. But the idea that being Catholic should bar anyone from public service, or call into question their ethics on that basis alone, is something I never thought I would see in this country.

In 1960, a Catholic ran for the White House. When confronted with the possibility that his devotion to his religion might make him unfit for office he said: “Are we going to admit to the world that a Jew can be elected mayor of Dublin, a Protestant can be elected Foreign Minister of France, a Moslem can be elected to the Israeli parliament—but a Catholic cannot be President of the United States? Worse still, are we going to admit to ourselves that one third of the American people is forever barred from the White House?”

As a Catholic American, I thought that question was long since answered. Apparently, I was wrong.//


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