Thursday, July 31, 2014

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God bless the monks at Belmont Abbey

The "poke in the eye" to American Catholics over the conscience clause for Catholic institutions by the Obama Administration was fairly easy to predict because the Catholic hierarchy has led them to believe that they can negotiate just about anything.

This should bring all people of faith together to be more aggressive with the regulatory clowns in Washington, D.C., and ensure that we elect representatives who will protect and enhance our religious rights.

I think it is refreshing that the leaders in getting this ruling overturned are the monks at Belmont Abbey, working with the Becket Fund. They have shown a great deal of courage even though it is literally a David vs. Goliath situation, financially and legally. I don't think suing the federal government to get back your First Amendment rights is covered in The Rule of St. Benedict. God bless them – we pray for their success, for it will be our success, too.

Ed Dowd lives in Etowah.

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