"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."-Proverbs 29:2
A Fortnight For Freedom has been announced by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, driven by the recent assault on religious freedom perpetrated by our current administration. This demonstration of faith taking a stand for our right to keep government out of our churches and faith based charities will run from June 21st to July 4th. Last night at my church was a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom, and I have to tell you, the turn out was overwhelming. The attendance rivaled midnight mass on Christmas Eve. I might add this was as diverse a crowd as one could imagine. There were women, men, Asians, Hispanics, Afro-Americans, and representatives from every race. This is an issue that ignores racial, economic, and gender boundaries.
Christians understand that a people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong; united under the rule of law. To be "nudged" away from the principles of your religion will cause a push back, as our founders designed this great nation to allow it's citizens to exercise their faith free of government interference! This attempt to discredit Christianity by attacking a Catholic premise and forcing it's church run institutions to provide birth control is contrary to everything our forefathers fought and died for.
" There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion. It's least interference with it would be a most flagrant usurpation."- James Madison (Elliot Debates, Vol. 3,p.330)
Now when we vote as united as we pray, this country will have leaders who remember what was fought and died for. The time spent in the voting booth is equally effective in this matter as time spent on our knees. God can only supply the votes needed to represent you if we actually vote. As Orrin rightly notes, "it's called the book of ACTS for a reason!"