Bishops make us think about liberty
They’ve started the conversation. They say that freedom of religion is in jeopardy. One of the loudest of these bishops is in Illinois, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria. Listen to his words from a sermon in April:
“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama, with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.“
The bishop then suggested that Obama’s onslaught could only be stopped if Catholics vote correctly this November.
Shortly thereafter, an organization called “Americans United for Separation of Church and State” filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service. The complaint said the bishop had violated a law that prohibits churches from intervening in elections on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate.
Law or not, we don’t want the government monitoring homilies. Truth is, churches have always been involved in politics. The civil rights movement was born and nurtured in black churches.
For that matter, I remember when the Catholic church was practically a wing of the Democratic Party. In those days, the church was concerned with social justice issues.
Things have flipped, and the church is now generally aligned with Republicans.
But if it was OK for the church to push a liberal agenda, it ought to be OK for the church to push a conservative agenda.
So for the purpose of freedom of speech, I am with the bishops. [More]