Catholics to rally for religious freedom

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Local Catholics will gather on the steps of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity on Monday night for the second annual Rally for Religious Freedom.

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Participants are invited to take lawn chairs to the service, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at 720 Telfair St., just down the street from the federal courthouse in Augusta.

The event is part of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and events that began June 21 and ends on Independence Day. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the observance to address “current challenges to religious liberty,” including Department of Health and Human Services mandates, state immigration laws, and, potentially, the Supreme Court rulings on marriage.

Everyone is invited to the service, which will include ecumenical prayer, according to the Rev. Jerry Ragan, of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.

See usccb.org or fortnight4freedom.org for more information.

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whyme
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whyme 06/24/13 - 12:00 pm
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God Bless...

...all those involved in this program. We are all entitled to religious freedom but it is not always distributed freely. We should all be incensed when a particular religion is mocked, lampooned, forced to change their policies while others are not obligated to do so, or otherwise treated with a lack of respect. Unfortunately the Catholic faith is not always so fortunate.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/24/13 - 04:24 pm
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Religious freedom
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is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution but is assaulted daily by the loonie left.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/24/13 - 04:32 pm
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By that theory, whyme, we

By that theory, whyme, we should all be allowed to practice polygamy, parents should be allowed to kill their daughters if they are raped, we should be able to stone people to death, and practice genital mutilation, and all infidels should be killed, and it should be legal, because that's what some religions believe. Men could marry their widowed sister in law along with their wife, men should be allowed 4 wives, girls could be sold to older men for their wife, young girls could be married to men- I could go on and on. See how that works?

And there are now laws in several states that says Sharia law may not be practiced. That would be allowed under your theory, too.

Religious freedom is fine as long as the practices are legal in the US, but all religions must obey Federal and state laws.

whyme
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whyme 06/24/13 - 05:25 pm
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I agree...

Yes, corgimon, you are right. I should have been more direct because as a result, it could imply that I support all of the things that you mentioned, and that couldn't be further from the truth. The concern that I have as well as many other Catholics is that for some reason we have to tolerate all sorts of disrespectful comments, people slinging around rosary beads like they have no meaning to us, being unable to maintain Catholic-based facilities and policies because it might go against a non-Catholic's beliefs, etc. If we are going to protest the intolerance-or insist on tolerance for all of the other religions these days-then the Catholic faith deserves to be able to maintain its heritage. The comments that get posted on many of these forums when the Pope is doing something are horrible. If this was another faith it wouldn't happen. That's where I am coming from. Thanks!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 06/25/13 - 01:07 am
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Tolerance isn't acceptance

    The concern that I have as well as many other Catholics is that for some reason we have to tolerate all sorts of disrespectful comments, people slinging around rosary beads like they have no meaning to us, being unable to maintain Catholic-based facilities and policies because it might go against a non-Catholic's beliefs, etc. (whyme).

Though I'm not Catholic, I feel your pain. Still, I think you misunderstand tolerance. Tolerance is different from acceptance; in fact, it consists of putting up with unpleasant, objectionable things. It's possible to tolerate something and criticize it at the same time; so, I'm never surprised when people who reject my Christian faith also make fun of it.

Our Lord taught: "... 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours" (John 15:20 English Standard Version). Our nation's Constitution protects us from being persecuted as badly as Jesus was, but it doesn't protect us from insults and ridicule, which are considered free speech.

For Christians who patiently endure the world's insults, there's a blessing: "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:11-12 ESV).

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/25/13 - 04:51 am
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Very well stated

Very well stated Fundamental_Arminian.

whyme
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whyme 06/25/13 - 01:29 pm
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correct again

Right again...need to select more appropriate words! Thank you for your understanding, all.

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