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  •  Catholic Church and Public Access TV (0+ / 0-)

    I one time had the experience of discussion whether a commission I was on, (a small body appointed by a city council to send time bothering with such stuff) should grant an access channel to be managed by a Catholic Diocese.

    They had taken the trouble to form up a partnership with the larger Baptist churches and went to far as to expand the concept of Freedom of Religion to those established traditions based on the Bible or the Torah.  

    When I pointed out that Native American spiritual practices never were written down, the question I was asked was whether they could prohibit Wicca from participation.  

    I pointed out that both Wicca and Native American practices were part of the history of the Church to stamp out heresies and burn people at the stake for differing with authorized views.  The very foundation of Freedom of Religion was in a better way and that any establishment of a state religion, by whatever definition was not something that public money could be spent on.

    There was not a way around that.  Various lawyers and the Mayor, as I recall, spent some time going around and around, but it came out nowhere.  

    The thing is, once you understand history and why the 1st Amendment is what it is, these questions cease to be so complex.  

    The founding fathers wrote a good contract.  "Congress shall make no law..."  No weasel words there.  Following that into present circumstances should not be an intellectual strain either.

    If Dionne is attempting to promote  Catholic view that is about establishment of religious control over secular tax monies and administration, he has crossed a line and he should have known better.  Good journalist normally, but this is apparently his Achilles' heel.  

    The Catholic Church and other religious institutional enterprises keep trying to find a way around the 1st Amendment and they will do so until eternity.  

    That is why Jefferson said "eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."  He didn't mean it as a Defense Dept. slogan.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 04:34:57 PM PDT

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