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In my First Things column, today, I find the silver lining behind the cloud of this administration’s assault on the constitutional right to Freedom of Religion.
To be sure, this situation is cause for concern, but there are some bright spots in all of this. Although the mainstream press has reported very little about this event—a close examination might prove uncomfortable for their own worldviews—the unified public expression of righteous defiance by the U.S. bishops is a powerful development.
Just as importantly, the laity—divided for decades on issues ranging from felt-banners to dress to dogma—has found a line in the sand upon which they can come together; “conservative” Catholics are reassured to see their more “progressive” brethren defending the church’s right to be who and what she is; more “progressive” Catholics may be coming to realize that—as relentlessly single-minded as some of their opponents could be—had they not held the line all these years, much could be crumbling at this moment.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the president have brought us often-divided Catholics some clarity: it has helped us to discover the line in the sand upon which we can stand together and declare, “Dude…we are church!”
Ed Morrissey Bishops pledge to defy administration
Bookworm: As a secular Jewish lawyer, she’s incensed for sake of the church and the constitution
Bookie’s taking a look at Barbara Boxer’s Orwellian Defense of the Administration and tearing it apart!
Sen. Marco Rubio is looking to overturn the HHS ruling
Deacon Greg: A second Catholic entity chooses to end its church affiliation and side with the government You bet your a** this is war!
Get Religion: The Media Yawns and Spins
FINAL UPDATE: (it’s getting too big!) Over at dotCommonweal, they’ve got video and transcripts of Jay Carney being grilled on this issue. Worth watching.
Pete at DaTechGuy calls for a Holy Hour! I can get into that!
Michael Gerson: Obama’s Radical Power Grab
USCCB: Urging Action!
Joan Frawley Desmond: The Mandate and the Media
Frank Weathers: Sign this Petition to the White House!
Elizabeth Duffy: How to Understand the Culture of Life
Passionate Papist: Dissent in the church enabled this
Pundit and Pundette: Still opposed to the felt banners but glad to be standing on the line with Catholics of all stripes
Obama’s Terms of Surrender: We reject them!
National Review’s Ed Whelan:Anti-religious zealots
Sr. Mary Ann Walsh: HHS is ABC: Anyone but Catholics
Pope Benedict XVI: Catholic Presence Online is Essential