April 4th 2009


Obama vs the Catholic hierarchy

By Marie Alena CastleĀ 

So now the Catholic hierarchy is upset because Pres. Obama is removing restrictions placed on abortion, same-sex marriage and stem cell research by the Bush Administration. They accuse Obama of being “anti-Catholic” for not wanting to make Catholic doctrine the law of the land. Don’t they pay any attention to the Constitution? It guarantees freedom of religion but forbids government establishment of religion. Obama took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not Canon law.

The Bush restrictions violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause by placing sectarian doctrines into law that have no valid secular justifications. Arguments for the restrictions are based solely on theological constructs that cannot be verified, such as the existence of single-celled persons and marriage as a God-ordained sacrament. (The only secular justification for restricting abortion might be to categorize pregnant women as a public utility subject to government regulation-and wouldn’t that be an interesting debate!)

Theology is none of the government’s business; promoting the general welfare is. No religion has the right to trump the general welfare by imposing its beliefs on all of us through legislation or workplace disruptions and tax coddling.

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2 Responses to “Obama vs the Catholic hierarchy”

  1. mattman221 on 19 Apr 2009 at 03:56am #

    i think everything is fine in moderation as long as no ones getting hurt. i think there needs to be more sexual freedom not too much restrictions after all people need to have freedom of expression and if someones offended they can look away. people are unique not everyone likes onions some people like corn,etc. As with people some like to be with same gender some like both some like hetrosexualbehavior others like same sex. The way I think it should be is anything goes as long as no one gets hurt:)

  2. Athiestvoices on 19 Apr 2009 at 10:17pm #

    Very well said, Matt, unfortunately the “literal bible believers” are commanded to kill homosexuals. They do not usually do this (fortunately) but must believe that they should or possibly wish they could. I just got home from driving from Minnesota to Arizona and back, it amazed me how the poorer the area seems to be the more religion seems to be at the forefront of people’s thoughts, words and billboards. Just as studies show crime rates going down seems to coincide with the rise of people not associated with any religion. It seems ironic that we are told morality is from God when most criminals seem to be Christians.

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