Rosa Parks strikes Liberty Bell on MLK Day - 1988
Here I go again in the tradition of my beloved Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay and me, This Cultural Christian, to explain the Constitution to people who write, get paid to produce dribble in the defense of ignorance – and “every form of tyranny over the mind of man”.
First Amendment – United States Constitution:
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.
"Sexual Rights vs. Religious Liberty", Nov 15, 2011, three quotes from William Anthony Donohue, CL, and my comments:
“Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it mention sexual rights, but it does cite religious liberty.”
The Constitution’s Right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is the right, civil right to define, redefine the right to sexuality, in public as well as in private, in modern terms and with modern laws.
One cannot expect that obsolete terms and understandings of sexuality to apply in the twenty-first century. First century foreign rules, concepts and definitions may no longer apply in the ongoing evolution of human rights into a modern age.
Also - The Constitution does not site “Liberty” – it merely implies a hands off approach to religious practice within the confines of a place of worship and possibly other minor things such as religious dress in the civic thoroughfare etc.
“This attack on religious liberty is not limited to the federal government. In places like Massachusetts and Illinois, Catholic social service agencies have been forced to drop their adoptive and foster care programs because they refuse, on religious liberty grounds, to include homosexual parents.”
Religious liberty does not exist. If a religion is in some business, whether as a for profit or non-profit enterprise, it must comply to the rules, laws of the game.
If discrimination against a segment of the population is involved in antiquated business practices, the business must comply or go out of business.
Nowhere in the Bible is any reference of adoption or foster care businesses as part of the traditional Christian central core belief system.
As far as I know, Christianity is a religion and not a business.
“This is the most determined onslaught on religious liberty we’ve seen in decades, and all of it is driven by a debased understanding of sexual freedom.”
The "debased understanding" of the Catholics Bishops on sexuality and its use or fear of the freedom of its use is the probable source all this confusion, sexual confusion of the RCs, spilling out into the streets and public forums.
What happens in church should stay in church. I respect your religious right to be ignorant there but only there BTW.
Please try to be civil in the public secular American Town Square, real and virtual.
Simple rule of thought on the confusion over the “liberty” word:
In America, there is a Liberty Bell (pictured above).
There is no religious liberty.
Just freedom of choice, or the “pursuit of happiness”, as protected by the Constitution.
Have a nice day. :-)