Rightwing churches kickoff campaign of fear

145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples.

We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” it says. The signers include nine Roman Catholic archbishops and the primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

They want to signal to the Obama administration and to Congress that they are still a formidable force that will not compromise on abortion, stem-cell research or gay marriage. They hope to influence current debates over health care reform, the same-sex marriage bill in Washington, D.C., and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation…

Ira C. Lupu, a law professor at George Washington University Law School, said it was “fear-mongering” to suggest that religious institutions would be forced to do any of those things. He said they are protected by the First Amendment, and by conscience clauses that allow medical professionals and hospitals to opt out of performing certain procedures, and religious exemptions written into same-sex marriage bills.

Have to watch out. There might be a Death Panel hiding under your bed.

More realistic. These paranoids have enjoyed a disproportionate measure of power from political opportunists and cowardly media. Their fears are those of discredited reactionaries everywhere. They thrive on an ignorant public accepting of their lies.

Certainly, their paranoia is laughable. But, automatic acceptance by an ignorant and ill-informed public perpetuates bigotry as thoroughly as any compliant legal system.

2 thoughts on “Rightwing churches kickoff campaign of fear

  1. Cinaedh says:

    “We’re hoping to educate them that these are the three most important issues.”

    Sez who? Sez you?

    You guyz are “…145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders..” so essentially, you’re no-one at all, pretending to be what… important, influential people?

    Yer not!

    I often wish The New York Times was a little more selective in what they publish as news. Next thing you know, they’ll be reporting a dog bit a man.

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    No one has ever suggested that any church be “forced” to participate in anything they disagree with provided their own practices don’t violate the law. As the professor points out, suggesting otherwise is fear mongering.

    Any religious institution benefiting from a non tax position should not be allowed to enter into secular world opinion. It is just wrong to allow religion to sway opinion when the government is not allowed to sway religious opinion.

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