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Editorial: When they came for my neighbor, I said nothing ...




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June 6, 2012 | 1,628 views | 6 comments

A friend recently sent me a link, http://bit.ly/Igdgei, to a video that he described as “a powerful Catholic ad.” He added that this is a message that applies to all Americans, whether Catholic or not.

Indeed, it does.

In fact, some of the regulations now being foisted upon the American people by our government affect more than religion. We are talking basic American freedom, and the Catholic Church just happens to be in the center of a fight.

The video from my friend begins with this message: “In generations past, the church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. This generation of Catholics must do the same.” It is a call to action.

It’s a fight, however, that is not just with the government, but the church has its own struggle from within. For example, last month, at Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic university, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the speaker at an awards ceremony. Sebelius is pro-abortion and, more recently, she is a champion of government mandates requiring religious organizations, hospitals, and schools to provide health-insurance coverage that includes birth control, abortifacients, and sterilization.

This mandate is at odds with church doctrine and, some argue, against the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps this most recent DHHS mandate and other unprecedented attacks on religious freedom have finally unleashed the silent majority.

Several lawsuits naming Sebelius have been filed in federal court to try and reverse this mandate, stating that it infringes on religious liberty. In all, some 40 Catholic institutions have filed a total of 12 lawsuits against the federal government.

Such action is unprecedented, yet not much is being reported in the media. Some, however, do recognize what this portends.

I know, people hear the name Glenn Beck and they roll their eyes, but forget the source for once, and consider the message. Go to: http://bit.ly/GIWGD7.

He said there is a “potential religion and government clash that must be stopped and has everything to do with all Christians, Jews, and other religious groups.” Beck is a Mormon.

Quietly, slowly, the sleeping giant in America is being awakened, as individuals, parishes, and others are beginning to notice.

In Sunday’s church bulletin, many churches included a flyer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It stated, in part: “For the first time in our history, the federal government will force religious institutions to fund and facilitate coverage of a drug or procedure contrary to their moral teaching, and purport to define which religious institutions ... may be forced by the government to provide such coverage even when it violates our consciences.

“What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live out our teaching. ...” It concludes with: “What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society -- or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it.”

No one can deny that these recent actions by the government are the greatest threat to religious freedom in our lifetime.

I cannot think of anything more appropriate to leave you with than this famous quote from German pastor Martin Niemoeller, reflecting on the Nazi terror:



First they came for the Socialists,

and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists,

and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me --

and there was no one left to speak for me.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 7, 2012 10:51am
 
Well Grouch that is a good story. But I reside in Dry Tank, Texas. Which, depending on the rainfall could be anywhere in South Texas. I do know a lot of asses, but like a friend of mine who is a baseball umpire, I always call ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 6, 2012 4:33pm
 
I think that the Marcelina Muse must be a a politically correct person because of previous residency in the village of Marcelina. While recruiting for the 2010 census, I visited a small church in Marcelina on a Sunday morning. ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
June 6, 2012 2:57pm
 
Actually I think the Muse is a guy. Or he hasn't shaved his legs in long time.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
June 6, 2012 2:42pm
 
That's why we love her! lol

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
June 6, 2012 2:37pm
 
Muse, you will never be accused of being the most politically correct person in Wilson County.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 6, 2012 2:34pm
 
Eric Holder's motto is "If you hang 'em all you get the guilty", unless you made a sizable donation to Obama's campaign or you are a member of the New Black Panthers.

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