Saturday, February 4, 2012

Religious Liberty - #3628 - U.S. Military Silences Catholic Chaplains from Speaking out Against Obama Administration Ruling (2) VIDEO: See Christian Students Slamming Vanderbilt's Religious Crackdown 'They're.....Asking us to Deny our Faith" - The Blaze

Last Sunday, Catholic priests across the country read an open letter to their parishioners. The letter condemned the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to force religious employers to cover the cost of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in its employees’ health-care coverage. The letter argued that the faithful could not and must not in good conscience comply with the HHS’ “unjust law.” However, Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military were “forbidden” from reading this letter. After Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic military chaplains, sent out the letter to be read at Sunday masses, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent out another communication “forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief,” Business Insider‘s Michael Dougherty reports. Despite these instructions, some chaplains read the letter anyway. Business Insider reports: More than one Catholic chaplain who spoke to us off the record confirmed that many chaplains disobeyed this instruction and read the letter anyway. Others sought further instructions from their Archbishop. Read more........


See Christian Students Slamming Vanderbilt's Religious Crackdown 'They're..... Asking us to Deny our Faith' - The Blaze - Some professors and pupils at Vanderbilt University are fighting diligently against the university’s crack-down on campus religious groups. While the school’s administration has shown no sign of backing down, neither have individual students and campus groups who feel their religious rights are being trampled.  (Related: Vanderbilt University: Christian Campus Groups Can’t Require Leaders to Have Specific Beliefs)  The Vanderbilt College Republicans have produced a new video (viewable on the “Restore Religious Freedom at Vanderbilt” web site) that showcases student reaction to the university’s non-discrimination rules — regulations that forbid student clubs from requiring leaders to hold specific beliefs.  The clip opens with individual students discussing, one-by-one, the nation’s history of religious freedom. They go on to utter the first portion of the First Amendment — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” while reiterating the Founding Fathers’ words about faith.  Read more..........

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