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“Let the Torch of Faith we proudly carry continue to light the Torch of Lady Liberty.”
Bishop John O. Barres, Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre, NY
Religious Freedom Under Attack:
Warnings from Bishop John O. Barres, 2013, Allentown, PA:
“Threats to religious liberty, zealous efforts to hermetically seal off the witness of Christians in the public square, radical atheism at fever pitch, hedonism and a pornographic culture, the dictatorship of relativism and the continuing scandal of abortion – it can all be quite daunting and jarring.”
“Religious liberty belongs to us. It wasn’t provided to us by government; it was given to us by God. No government agency has any right to restrict it much less take it from us. And when we respectfully tell our government that we will not agree to confine our religious convictions and keep them out of public view, we are acting in the very best traditions of both our Christian faith and our shared American history.”
Warnings from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito:
“The U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested,” warned Justice Alito in a speech sponsored by a Catholic lawyers association in March.
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral values.” Organizations seeking to change traditional beliefs will “vilify those who disagree and treat them as bigots.”
” We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, in state legislatures and town halls. But the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. It is up to all of us to evangelize our fellow Americans about the issue of religious freedom.” (chicagotribune.com, 3/15/17; washingtonpost.com, 3/15/17)
God our Father, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You alone are the true source of our rights. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people. Amen
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
Educational resources for parish members who work to support Religious Freedoms.
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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.