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.

Can a priest talk about Weinstein?

10/21/17
by Joshua J. Whitfield,
from Dallas Morning News,
10/21/17:

I’m talking about my addressing the revelations, the evil, the collusion, the victims and the bravery of those who spoke up about Harvey Weinstein. And also those who spoke up about Baylor University and all those other institutions, such as my own, that failed to listen to victims of sexual assault and to act as they should have. Painful, awkward, uncomfortable, a visceral sort of nausea: The bitterness is deserved, I get it. What’s best is penance and silence from people like me. But I’m a strange priest, you see, married before I was ordained. I have three daughters and a son, all under 8. And so I see all this, even my own church, with a parent’s eyes.

Beyond that, though, things get murkier.

That is, we’re no longer able to talk about what may be underneath all this, our distorted idea of freedom. Blinded by the cultural orthodoxy of individual autonomy, that particular liberalism, we simply can’t see what may be at the root of all these corrupt things. Each of us proud individuals, in the aggregate each of us only struggling for power over the other, we’re able to do little else than suffer the unending cycle of crime and emotion. Weinstein this time, mass murderer Stephen Paddock last time — both of them villains easily condemned in hindsight, but never foreseen. We can identify the bacteria, but we think nothing of the petri dish. And that’s our problem: We’re unable to go beyond our rage, because it would mean we’d have to look at ourselves and the world we’ve created, opening ourselves to the possibility that we might need to change what we value and even what we think true. It would mean questioning our liberalism and opening ourselves to other wisdoms. Wisdoms we may have once thought foolish, but which we may have been fools to throw away. The wisdom of the truth that love is inseparable from creation, for instance, that it’s not just a matter of mere choice or rights but of the organic sacred and of the parentage of God. That is, we might have to admit that to think properly about freedom, power and even things like sex, we need the light of the transcendent, and perhaps even God. A love more moral, more naturally beautiful, more chaste, more innocent, more holy, and more broad than mere individual will: It’s what we must learn again, for our kids and for a different world. A love we’ve largely forgotten.

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