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21 May

Military power wins battles, but Spiritual power wins wars.

Military power wins battles, but Spiritual power wins wars.”    General George Marshall
 
On Memorial Day we honor our deceased veterans and remember that, even today, they are under attack by freedom-from-religion groups.
 
 In 1934, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) erected the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross atop Sunrise Rock in the middle of the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve in CA, in honor of WWI veterans.  But in 2001, the ACLU brought a lawsuit from one individual who lived outside the state.  Fortunately, in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the land transfer of the veterans memorial to the VFW, allowing the cross to be restored.  “Judges and lawyers may have played their roles, but it was the veterans who earned this memorial, and it is for them it rises once more,” said a Liberty Institute attorney.
 
A 40 foot-tall World War I memorial in the shape of a cross has stood for almost a century in Bladensburg, MD.  A U.S. Court of Appeals has declared this Peace Cross unconstitutional.  Defenders of the monument hope to take the case to the Supreme Court arguing that the ruling sets a dangerous president, threatening other national treasures.
 
 A Memorial Day display  featuring 79 white, handmade crosses, representing residents who died in America’s wars, were posted along a state highway in Georgia.  The crosses were abruptly taken down when one person complained about the display.  “It was never about religion – it was to honor them,” said Mayor Philyaw.  “The cross is a ‘rest in peace’ symbol to me.”
 
 
“America without soldiers would be like God without his angels.”   Claudia Pemberton, Author

 

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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion

WorldMeetingofFamiliesBarbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Pope blesses boy as he leaves audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanPope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.




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America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion
  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party
  • To invite and include other faith communities
  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.
  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

www.CatholicsforFreedomofReligion.org Phone 631-896-8331