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“convert the hearts of the people who are sowing terror, violence and death …” Pope Francis
Palm Sunday Attacks on Coptic Christians:
Pope Francis condemned Islamic State terror attacks on Coptic churches during Palm Sunday services. These bombings in Cairo, Egypt, are the latest escalation by ISIS to step up its attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority which makes up 10% of the population. (americamagazine.org, 4/9/17; catholicnewsagency.com, 4/9/17)
Are Christians in America Under Attack?
Compared to the rest of the world, the answer is “No.” Americans don’t experience the same kind of persecution as Christians in Nigeria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt and Syria.
What is happening in America is an increasing hostility and intolerance toward Christian beliefs and values. Hostility toward religion in America has expanded dramatically in recent years, with florists targeted, bakers punished, nuns coerced and retail companies facing discrimination for their faith.
“This flood is engulfing ordinary citizens who simply try to live normal lives according to their faith and conscience…It has the potential to wash away the ground that supports our other rights, including freedom of speech…,” said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for First Liberty. (time.com,6/29/16; christianity.com)
“God made us free, but this kind of (polite) persecution takes away freedom.” Pope Francis
- Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7-9PM
Congressman Lee Zeldin
St. Patrick’s R.C.Church
280 E Main St., Smithtown,
Topic: conscience rights & religious liberty and our Congress
- Sunday, May 7, 2017
11:00 mass, 12:00 Brunch & Presentation
Catholic Teachers in Public Schools Communion Breakfast
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
440 West Neck Road, Huntington, 11743
For a reservation, call DRVC, Office of Faith Formation at 516-678-5800
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
Religious Freedom Resources
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara 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.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
In Service to the Church
Click here to watch Barbara on TeleCare TV.
National Religious Freedom Day
Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.