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Rick Hinshaw served the Catholic Church as editor of The Long Island Catholic and communications director for the Catholic League and the N.Y. State Catholic Conference. He also spent three years as spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon. Here Rick writes about the ordeal his brother John Hinshaw and other pro-life prisoners of conscience are currently undergoing.

 

Why are my brother and eight other pro-life prisoners of conscience—having already spent eight months in jail—about to be sentenced, probably to ?

 

Because in October 2020 they engaged in peaceful, prayerful civil disobedience at a notorious late-term Washington, D.C. abortion clinic that the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles has labeled an “infanticide factory.” And because, a year-and-a-half later, two of their group retrieved the remains of five late-term or full-term aborted babies in that clinic’s trash, and challenged authorities to investigate whether the abortionist was violating the federal ban on partial birth abortions, or the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

 

Instead, the FBI re-arrested all nine pro-lifers from the October 2020 sit-in, upgrading local trespassing offenses to federal charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. This law was enacted during the Clinton era precisely to enable draconian sentencing for peaceful pro-life civil disobedience.

 

All nine pro-life defendants, convicted last September, face up to 11 years in prison and fines of up to $350,000 when they are sentenced May 14 and 15 for their peaceful, prayerful action.

My brother John’s participation in this pro-life rescue is consistent with a lifetime spent intervening for vulnerable people—from his professional service for those struggling with mental illness, to volunteering at pro-life pregnancy centers, to his caring interaction with homeless people on the street; and to protecting the unborn, without regard for the potentially devastating consequences to himself.

My brother and his fellow prisoners of conscience need our prayers.

 

They also need our presence of peaceful and prayerful witness for life and justice on May 14 and 15 at E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Individual sentencings will begin at 9 a.m. and continue with a different defendant each hour. If you can possibly be there for any time during those two days, please consider doing so.

 

In any event, please pray for these brave rescuers, for their families, and for all the unborn babies they are trying to save.

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN A MINUTE

Pro-Life Prisoners of Conscience

May 12, 2024

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Click here to learn one example of why and how we protect religious freedom and the choice for life.

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Whether Americans pray and act for life and religious liberty at the Washington March for Life, at the Pilgrimage to Montauk, NY for Life and Religious Liberty, at their state's capitol for their state's March for Life or in their own parishes, the prayers and attention cannot waiver.  Let us keep the safekeeping of innocent life and the maintenance of religious freedom always in our prayers and action

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America’s children need not leave their faith outside the school house door.

​For students to be silenced or disciplined by a school authority for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…

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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 RALLY 2018
IN SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

Click here to watch Barbara on TeleCare TV.

Pope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

CATHOLICS FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION
MISSION STATEMENT

America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

 

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion

  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party

  • To invite and include other faith communities

  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.

  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

 

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

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