LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Freedom of Religion?

Jul 16, 2012

Freedom of Religion means you can run your church as you see fit. Freedom of Worship means you can attend your church to worship, only.

This mandate will prevent you from giving help to anyone that is not a member of your religion? You cannot have religious hospitals, universities, food kitchens, or donate your missionary services to anyone that is not of your faith. Then religious hospitals, universities and social services hire and treat or educate their own faithful if they don't follow the mandate to give out contraceptives, do abortions and sterilizations in their institutions, or incur heavy fines or close their institutions? Muskegon hospitals would have to close their doors or go against their moral teachings of “pro-life."

The government defeats the Catholic institutions, then all churches are next?

This is not just contraception. This in no more religious freedom, no more food pantries or Southern mission trips — unless you attend to only people of your faith. Contraception is nothing new — wake up and see the larger picture. Do not let the government tell your churches what programs you can run or who you can help.

The Catholic Church has always taught against contraception, preventing the procreation of children. Also, the 45 million babies aborted since Roe v. Wade would have kept Social Security solvent forever as they entered the job market, paying into Social Security, and starting new companies to employ many.

— Rosa Bice, Grand Haven

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Comments

justpondering

Yes, the government has giving us probation, gun control and Obamacare. But hasn’t the Church given us the Crusades, Salem Witch Trials, Jim Baker & Tammy Fay, and molesting priests. It would be hard to say which of the two evils are better, the government or religion. Unlike you I rather based my facts on real tangible data, not some hypothetical data. I rather work together and fix a problem for the common good than continue in placing blame.

No One Special

Just Pondering....there's an old adage that says: Your actions speak so loudly that I can’t hear a word you’re saying. You give lip service with your words by saying you would rather work together...than continue placing blame. But in the same breath, you unfairly attack Christians and the Church as a whole. That doesn't resemble anything close to working together....and I don't hear a word you're saying.

opinionscount

Justpondering- the Crusades, Salem Witch Trials, Jim and Tammy Fay...all have one thing in common...imperfect HUMAN BEINGS. Stop looking at the Church for perfect people. You won't find any. Just because there are some (many actually) who have made bad choices doesn't make the Church, as a whole, a bad thing. The examples you've provided really bring more clarity to the truth that we can't rely on mankind. We are ALL sinners in need of a Savior. His name is JESUS.

Lenus

Rosa Bice, Grand Haven would you be so kind as to enlighten us to where you read this in the bill - I have scanned the bill and found the word religion 1 time in regard to not interfering with a persons right to prayer...

Our Constitution only mentions the word religion one(1), yes one time in

Amendment I 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. ...

I'm not sure what you are talking about with your "Freedom of religion" or "Freedom of worship"... Please enlighten....

opinionscount

"The 1st Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values, it was written to protect those values from government tyranny." - Ronald Reagan

davewali

Quote "Freedom of Religion means you can run your church as you see fit." Unquote

Right. Ask the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) about that. They sought to allow polygamy...the government stopped that.
Freedom of Religion means you may worship at the church of your choice, and that the government may NOT have an official religion.

This writer may be served by taking a high school class in Government.....the same one most of us had in the 10th or 11th grade back in the 70s.

No One Special

Rosa is right on! All one must do is listen to Obama's or Hillary's recent speeches to understand there has been a clear shift from talking about freedom of religion to talking about freedom of worship. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the subtle, yet, powerful difference between the two. The expression and exercise of religious convictions is much more than the freedom of worship. It’s about sharing your faith openly and publicly, it's about evangelizing, its about being involved in public policy making, its about raising my family with religious values. Freedom of worship doesn't protect any of these actions.

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