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  •  Again, There is NO threat to withhold charity, (0+ / 0-)

    the charity will simply be done privately, without any city contracts.  The vast majority of charitable works that Catholic Charities does is private, and not part of any government program.

    If the contracts end, then Catholic Charities will continue to help the homeless, it is a lie to say otherwise. Look at the quotes from the church spokespersons - no threat to withhold charity at all, just the true observation that they will have to end the contracts.

    And yes, freedom of religion is a constitutional right which does trump individual laws in many cases. Doctors have the right not to perform abortions if it is against their religion, various religious elementary, secondary schools can discriminate and deny entry to people not of their religion yet still particpate in federally funded school lunch programs, persons of various religions are permitted to violate various labor laws and health codes in the practice of their religion, etc. There is no end run here, the church is simply abiding by its principles and by the law.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 09:34:49 AM PST

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