Religion
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). The Liberty Institute lists the many & varied current activities to attempt to eliminate Religious Freedom in America. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participating in religion. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” an author of the study said.

Pennsylvania Report Alleges Child Sex Abuse by More Than 300 Priests

8/14/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
8/14/18:

Grand-jury report says Catholic Church officials in the state failed to intervene and covered up crimes

A grand jury report released Tuesday alleges Catholic Church officials in Pennsylvania systematically covered up the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests in the past 70 years. The scathing, 884-page report details widespread abuse of boys and girls dating to the 1940s that the grand jury said shows a chronic failure by six of the eight Pennsylvania dioceses to protect young victims. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, called it “the largest, most comprehensive report into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church ever produced in the United States.” He said it builds on investigations dating back more than a decade that exposed rampant clergy sex abuse in Boston and Philadelphia. “The abuse scarred every diocese. The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up,” Mr. Shapiro said at a news conference. The state Attorney General’s Office launched the investigation in 2016.

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