One of the salient points critics of our bishops’ stance on the HHS Mandate fail to notice is the solidarity of the group. Do you know how many of the bishops have broken away and decided that the HHS Mandate is really not a big deal?
They are resolute in standing firm in fighting this odious mandate. No matter who wins the Presidential Election on November 6th, the Church will not back down from attempts of government to bend the Church’s teachings to suit the will of mere politicians.
And so less than five days from election day, the bishops launched a website that is called exactly what it plans to help protect: Our First American Freedom
Here’s an example of what you’ll find at the website, launched this evening via the USCCB Facebook page.
Religious freedom is our first American freedom. It is a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It’s a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person—people of any faith or no faith at all. It’s not a Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue—it’s an American issue, a civil rights issue.
Religious liberty includes your freedom of belief, speech, and worship. But it also protects action—the freedom to serve the common good in accordance with your faith. It means that you and your community—not the government—define your faith. It means the freedom to help the needy in accordance with the principles of your faith. It means the freedom to participate fully and equally in public life, regardless of your faith. It means the freedom to work in business without checking your faith at the door.
In short, it means that nobody should be forced to act in a manner contrary to their own religious beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, unless it is necessary to keep public order.
Handy tools to share messages like these via social media are included, as well as a way for you to receive updates via text message too.
Head on over to the website, FirstAmericanFreedom.com, and sign up to stay informed. Then bookmark it, share it on Facebook, Tweet it, and e-mail it to everyone you know and help share the message with your neighbors.
We won’t stand idly by and let anyone rewrite our faith. Not now, and not ever.