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Catholic bishops said on Monday that religious freedom had been whittled away by same-sex marriage, abortion and healthcare legislation, and vowed to ramp up efforts to protect it.
At a meeting of 300 bishops gathered for the Conference of Catholic Bishops, the newly appointed committee on religious liberty announced plans to respond to legislation it says comes between citizens and their Catholic beliefs.
That includes Alabama’s recent crackdown on immigration, which prevents undocumented citizens from receiving religious services, said committee member Reverend William Lori, the bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Other examples included a New York town clerk who faces legal action for refusing to administer same-sex marriages after New York state last summer became the most populous state to legalize gay marriage.
And, in Illinois, Catholic charities are considered discriminatory for not placing foster children with same-sex couples, Lori said.
The bishops singled out the U.S. Department of Justice’s opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, as challenges to religious liberty.
Hold on here, let me see if I have your argument straight Catholics. The guaranteed rights of men and women are infringing upon your chosen religion?
Same-sex marriage? Civil right.
Abortion? Civil right.
Access to health care, including reproductive services? Civil right.
Religion doesn’t get to infringe upon the civil rights of others, but nice try.
Nothing needs adding.