ARCHIVE: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

THE WAR AGAINST THE CHURCH

  • BOOK: Worshiping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion by Benjamin Wilker
  • BOOK:  Catholicism and Democracy by Emile Perreau-Saussine

     

  • BOOK: Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism by Robert George
  • Do Christians Love Poverty? | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Insisting that the only thing the poor need is bread consigns them to a world without signs of transcendence.
  • Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government , Stephen Krason (Crisis). We are familiar enough with left-of-center Catholics, like Catholics United and the professors who publicly opposed House Speaker John Boehner’s honorary degree from The Catholic University of America in 2011, beating the drum for governmental—especially federal government—“solutions” to problem.
    The Real Reason for Religious FreedomJohn H. Garvey (First Things)

    Catholics Will Likely Relive Past Persecutions, James Kalb (Crisis) Man is a social being and doesn’t invent his own world. To orient himself and understand what his life is about he has to find his proper place, which is an order of things where he can feel at home…

    “Will the Last Religious Politician Please Turn Out the Lights?, Fay Voshell (American Thinker).  Catholics and evangelicals are today considered unfit to run for office because they are “extremists.” Can this situation prevail?

    Compelling the Faithful to Recant, Hadley Arkes (The Catholic Thing)

    Interpreting Scripture & the U.S. Constitution, Frank Hermann (Crisis). Jesus told his disciples in his famous Sermon on the Mount: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Commonly known as “the golden rule,” this maxim has formed the bedrock of Western ethics for two millennia…

    “Our New Albigensian Age”, Stephen Krason (Crisis).  In an old (1950) monograph entitled The Truth about the Inquisition, Dr. John A. O’Brien, a Notre Dame history professor of the time, provides a brief but interesting exposé of the Albigensian heresy. Few people recall that that almost maniacal rebellion against Catholic teaching and, for that matter, commonsensical and civilized living was the trigger for the much-misunderstood Inquisition.

    A Catholic Response to the Demise of Rational Public Discourse, James Kalb (Crisis). To follow the news today is to get the impression that public life, in the sense of rational discussion oriented toward some reasonable understanding of the common good, has come to an end. Everyone notices the partisanship, the bad faith, the indifference to truth, and the substitution of entertainment for hard news. Catholics in particular notice the disappearance of natural…

    The Christian Vestiges of Post-Christianity, Howard Kainz (Crisis)  It would be a mistake to think that Post-Christianity is a return to paganism, purely and simply. Certainly its environs include numerous strains of paganism—New Ageism, eco-feminism, “new cosmology” mysticism, etc.; and one’s post-Christianity may be amalgamated with such strains….

    How Catholics Can Save Our Dying Civilization, R. J. Snell (Crisis) In a recent address, Archbishop Chaput articulated how much we depend on the residual religious capital of earlier times, but once the capital is spent, “we may not like the results, because the more we delete God from our public…

    How the West Really Lost God: An Interview with Mary Eberstadt, Gerald Russello  (Crisis) Editor’s note: This interview of Mary Eberstadt, conducted by Gerald J. Russello, was first published July 21, 2013 in The University Bookman under the title “Faith and Family: A Two Way Street” and is reprinted with permission. Eberstadt is a…

    The Return of Christendom, James Kalb (CWR) Christendom may be gone as a matter of public law, but it’s still here as a substantive reality.  Man is a social being and doesn’t invent his own world. To orient himself and understand what his life is about he has to find his proper place, which is an order of things where he can feel at home and to which he can give undivided allegiance.


     
    What is a “Tea Party Catholic”?(CWR). Samuel Gregg discusses Catholic social doctrine and what is has to do with economics, limited government, and religious freedom.
  • “A Catholic Defense of Freedom”, Gerald Russello (Crisis). For a generation, some Catholics in America believed that the Gospel injunction to help the poor meant to help them through government.  Joined to that was a distaste for the WASP-dominated business culture of postwar American prosperity, even though Catholics.  “Why We Should Respect Someone Else’s Conscience”, Anthony Esolen (Crisis). The scene is from C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength.  The callow young sociology professor, Mark Studdock, an atheist and a social climber, has been detained in a cubicle deliberately fashioned with odd annoying angles and not-quite-right pictures on the wall.  His detainers aim to break down in him any last sense of the inner harmony between beauty and the…  “The Christian Vestiges of Post-Christianity”. Howard Kainz (Crisis). It would be a mistake to think that Post-Christianity is a return to paganism, purely and simply. Certainly its environs include numerous strains of paganism—New Ageism, eco-feminism, “new cosmology” mysticism, etc.; and one’s post-Christianity may be amalgamated with such strains.… “How Catholics Can Save Our Dying Civilization”, R. I. Snell (Crisis). In a recent address, Archbishop Chaput articulated how much we depend on the residual religious capital of , earlier times, but once the capital is spent, “we may not like the results, because the more we delete God from our public life and our private behavior, the more we remove the moral vocabulary that gives our culture meaning. “Conscience Freedoms Denied by Liberal Courts”, Anthony Esolen (Crisis).  Two recent court cases illustrate the incoherence and remarkable intolerance of “liberal” views regarding conscience. One involves the bottomless pockets of the atheist Michael Newdow, who most recently joined several plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department demanding the words “In God We Trust” be scrubbed from U.S. currency.  Newdow advocates what Richard John Neuhaus called the “naked…“The Good and Bad of Democracy”, Bruce Frohnen (Crisis).  I’ve been rereading Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterful Democracy in America.  This book, written in the first half of the nineteenth century by a French aristocrat for his countrymen, remains standard reading for American college students and even some of their…The Social Dimension in Lumen Fidei, Flavio Felice (The Catholic Thing) “Liberalism vs. Religious Freedom”,Mark C. Henrie  (First Things)   “The Jesuit, Pope Francis, and the Poor”, Samuel Gregg (Crisis).  Since the first Jesuit pope’s election earlier this year, the words “poverty” and “the poor” have acquired fresh resonance inside and outside the Catholic Church. Of course the Catholic Church has always devoted special attention to the materially poor and otherwise suffering. And with Pope Francis, one senses he is the real deal regarding poverty. There is not a trace… Fr. Permoli and the First Amendment”, Hadley Arkes (The Catholic Thing)
  • Equality and Catholicism”, James Kalb (Catholic World Report). Neither equality or freedom can be the highest standard, but must refer to some greater, final standard.

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OBAMA REDEFINING “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM”

THIS IS SERIOUS, FOLKS, AND FRIGHTENING

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO OBAMA (AND THE STATE DEPT.) WORKING HAND IN GLOVE WITH  “OIC” AND THE “UN” TO RESTRICT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FREE SPEECH.  (The two cannot be separated.).  SEE “PAGE” ON RIGHT FOR INFORMATION.

It is no longer “Freedom of Religion” but “Freedom of Worship” : public, permitted worship as defined by Islam.  Regarding the defense of Liberty this is earth-rattling,  “Obama’s Tendentious  Redefinition of Freedom” (Big Lizards):

“So why would Obamunism suddenly demand a slimmer creed of freedom than the full-bore freedom of religion? What does the administration gain from the switch to freedom of worship? Alas, I fear it’s yet another act of appeasement of the usual suspects, more creeping acceptance of the virulent form of “jihadist” totalitarianism: Barack Obama is signaling that the United States, despite the words of our Founders and in our own Bill of Rights, no longer believes Muslim nations violate fundamental liberty when they discriminate against the infidel — where “infidel” means anyone who doesn’t submit to the precise form of Wahhabism, Salafism, or Khomeiniism demanded by the State.

“We no longer vigorously oppose religious violence, from head-chopping and suicide bombing down to “honor” killings and throwing acid in the faces of unveiled women. We don’t want to anger militant Islamists by insisting that schools be something less than — and something more than — propaganda mills for extremist, anti-Western, anti-Christian, and especially anti-Jew hatred that twists lives and warps souls. America, in the person of the President of the United States, is more solicitous of the feelings of those engaged in a “holy war” against us than he is of the lives and freedoms of their victims.

“In other words, it’s just another ‘bow from the waist’ abasement to the so-called ‘jihad’.”


OTHER ARTICLES ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

BOOK:  Conscience and Its Enemies by Robert George

“Fighting Pride and Prejudice, Protecting the Right of Conscience”, Carrie Gress (Catholic World Report). Robert George’s Conscience and Its Enemies is a primer in civics and a guide to addressing the cultural Leviathan.
Christians, Jews, and the 750th Anniversary of the Barcelona Disputation

That notorious Jew-hater Ramón Peñafort, the DOMINICAN friar then a canon lawyer in Rome and ultimately the author both of the Decretals for Pope Gregory IX and the Siete Partidas for Alfonso X,…

“Do Christians Love Poverty?’, James Schall (Catholic World Review). Insisting that the only thing the poor need is bread consigns them to a world without signs of transcendence.

Lawless: Obamacare and Federal Power, Anthony Esolen (Crisis) When referring to the nationalizing of medicine known as the Affordable Care Act, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the law to see what’s in it.” “[Law] is nothing else than an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community, and promulgated,” said Thomas Aquinas, defending the…  Diversity is Not a Catholic Value, Wolfgang Grassl (Crisis) Diversity is a modern shibboleth. It has long become the secular creed of the United States, and in no area is it celebrated as religiously as in academia, mostly as a substitute for true religion. It has now finally invaded universities that by name are still Catholic. Under the pretext of diversity, proponents engage in a frantic drive to replace… Rediscovering Heinrich Pesch and Solidarism, Stephen Krason (Crisis) The passing of the eminent American Catholic economist, Dr. Rupert J. Ederer, at the age of ninety on Thanksgiving Day 2013 calls attention to the great, but equally unsung, economic thinker and system that he devoted most of his career to furthering: Heinrich Pesch, S.J. and solidarism. Pesch, who died in 1926, was thought to have inspired Pope Pius XI’s…An Eleventh Hour New Year’s Eve Victory for Religious Liberty , Andrew McCarthy (PJ Media)  Do Democrats really need to promote religious persecution?, Karin McQuillan (American Thinker) Fomenting social conflict over gay rights is a crucial success factor for Democrat politicians. No wonder they don’t want to support a culture of toleration, mutual respect and compromise.  Is the Church Inherently Conservative?, James Kalb (Crisis) The great issue that separates progressive from more traditionalist Catholics is whether the Church will return to type. To answer that question “yes” is to say that the Church has an essential nature—a basic structure, set of beliefs, and way of functioning—that is sometimes obscured by corruptions or distortions but can be counted on to reassert itself in a purer…The Day Religious Liberty DiedAustin Ruse (The Catholic Thing)

Do All Religions Deserve Respect?, Joseph Trabbic (Crisis)) The Obama administration’s war on Catholics will continue into 2014 as many courageous Catholic institutions in the U.S. maintain their resistance to its encroachment on their religious freedom through the H.H.S. mandate. In light of this, we can expect that the public debate about religious freedom will also continue into the new year both inside and outside the Church. A…

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Establishing a U.S. State Religion, Fay Voshell (American Thinker) Just what religion is our current administration establishing in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States?

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