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March 9, 2009

Fascism alert in Connecticut, UPDATED

Filed under: Catholicism,politics,Religion — by lindyborer @ 9:46 am
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And, in the category of “unbelievable”:  More religious liberty is under attack.

Connecticut moving to regulate the Catholic Church

Wow, it seems lawmakers in CT have no understanding of the Constitution.  Incredible.  (Hat tip, Fr. Andrews)

What’s next?  Really, if people are actually misled enough to even suggest such an action in the United States of America, what’s next?

Discuss.

Oh, and by the way, the CT legislature is Democrat-controlled.  No surprises, there. 

National Review Online has more:

The [Democrat]-controlled Judiciary Committee has introduced Raised Bill 1098, a bill aimed specifically at the Catholic Church, which would remove the authority of the bishop and pastor over individual parishes and put a board of laymen in their place. Yes, we’re asking the same questions you are (Where does the legislature have the authority to do this? Isn’t this a blatant violation of the First Amendment?), but we assure you that this is not a hoax.

If the legislature can replace a bishop with a board of laymen in the Catholic Church, they can just as easily replace the governing lay structure of Congregationalist or Baptist churches with someone set up as a bishop. In fact, it was resistance to such government interference in the internal life of the church that gave birth to several of our most historic denominations. Thanks to this awful bill, our generation must now rise up to defend those hard-fought victories for religious liberty that were won for us by our ancestors.

And, isn’t it hilarious they’re singling out Catholics? 

UPDATE:  Due to a huge outcry, Connecticut cancels Catholic Church control.  It seems the two lawmakers trying to pass this bill finally got around to reading the First Amendment.  Says Ed Morrissey:

After many people wondered aloud how Lawlor and McDonald managed to graduate their high-school civics class, they finally admitted that their bill to strip Catholic bishops of authority over parishes had, well, overreached.

Archbishop Chaput didn’t mince words (one of the reasons I really admire this man):

“Bigoted legislators,” Chaput said in reference to Sen. McDonald and Rep. Lawlor, “including some who claim to be nominally or formerly ‘Catholic,’ are thankfully uncommon. Most lawmakers, whatever their convictions, sincerely seek to serve the common good.

“But prejudice against the Catholic Church has a long pedigree in the United States. And rarely has belligerence toward the Church been so perfectly and nakedly captured as in Connecticut’s pending Senate Bill 1098, which, in the words of Hartford’s Archbishop Henry Mansell, ‘directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our Faith.’”

“In effect, SB 1098 would give the state of Connecticut the power to forcibly reorganize the internal civil life of the Catholic community. This is bad public policy in every sense: imprudent; unjust; dismissive of First Amendment concerns, and contemptuous of the right of the Catholic Church to be who she is as a public entity,” the archbishop criticized.

Let this serve as a cautionary tale:  Someone, somewhere, will try this again. 

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3 Comments »

  1. It may be a knee-jerk reaction to the Catholic Church Bishops finally reprimanding and threatening excommunication to Catholic politicians for their stands on abortion and other moral issues.

    Comment by Dee — March 9, 2009 @ 10:23 am |Reply

  2. Lindy,

    I don’t have your email but I wanted to send this letter to you that was written by a law student – nice to see there are some young americans who think sensibly. I have never commented on anyone’s blog before so be patient with me if I am not doing it correctly. See the email below:

    Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists,
    Marxists and Obama supporters,

    We’ve stuck together since the late 1950s, but the whole of this latest
    election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know that
    we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future
    generations, but sadly this relationship has run its course. Our two
    ideological sides of America cannot and just will not ever agree on
    what’s right. So let’s just end it right now while we can do it on
    friendly terms. We can smile, shake hands, chalk it up to irreconcilable
    differences and each go our own way.

    So here’s a model separation agreement.

    Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by land mass, each
    taking a portion. That’s going to be the difficult part, but I’m sure
    our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be
    relatively easy. Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide
    other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate taste. We
    don’t like redistributive taxes so you can have those. You are welcome
    to the liberal judges and the ACLU. And since you hate guns and you hate
    war, we’ll take the firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You
    can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell. But you are going to
    be responsible for finding a biodiesel vehicle big enough to haul them
    around.

    We’ll keep the capitalism, the greedy corporations, the pharmaceutical
    companies; we will keep Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have the
    homeless, the homeboys, the hippies and illegal aliens. We will keep the
    hot Alaskan hockey moms, the greedy CEOS and all of the rednecks. We’ll
    keep the Bibles and we’ll let you have NBC and Hollywood.

    You can be nice to Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to
    invade and hammer anybody that threatens us. You can have the peaceniks
    and the war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under
    assault, we will provide them with security. You won’t have to worry
    about it. We will keep our Judeo-Christian values. You are welcome to
    Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley Maclaine. You can also have the
    UN, but we will no longer pay the bill.

    We will keep the SUVs, the pickup trucks and the oversize luxury cars.
    You can have the compacts, the subcompacts and every Subaru station
    wagon you can find. You can give everybody healthcare, if you can find
    any practicing doctors. We will continue to believe that healthcare is a
    privilege and not a right. We will keep “The Battle Hymn of the
    Republic” and the national anthem, and I am sure you will be happy to
    substitute in their place “Imagine.” I’d like to teach the world to sing
    “Kumbaya” or “We are the world.” We will practice trickle-down economics
    and you can give trickle-up poverty your best shot. And since it so
    offends you, we will keep our history, our name and our flag.

    Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along other like-minded
    liberal and conservative patriots. And if you do not agree, just hit
    delete. In the friendly spirit of parting, I’ll bet you ANWAR which one
    of us will need whose help in about 15 years.

    Sincerely,

    John J Wall

    Law student and an American

    P.S. You can also have Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda

    Comment by Tracey Schindler — March 9, 2009 @ 8:38 pm |Reply

  3. Tracey: Still laughing!

    Comment by lindyborer — March 10, 2009 @ 9:24 am |Reply


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