Not just a concern for Catholics

From WDTPRS comes this:

The First Gay President, Pres. Obama, and his administration have been eroding our first liberties. He is attacking the First Amendment, this time through the Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS). The most aggressive pro-abortion president in history is bent on forcing us to pay for things that are morally objectionable not only on religious grounds, but also according to natural law. We must resist these attempts to diminish our first freedoms. We will not and we cannot comply with Pres. Obama’s attacks on the religious freedom of all Catholic institutions.

From CNA:

Archbishop Lori highlights role of laity in Fortnight for Freedom By Michelle Bauman

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2012 / 02:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the ongoing threats in the U.S.

“It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders.” But “it is crucial for lay men and women, mothers and fathers of families, lay leaders in all walks of life to advocate for freedom and justice in our society,” Archbishop Lori told CNA on June 9.

“Without those voices and without the involvement of the laity, we just won’t get very far,” he added.

“In the Church’s understanding,” he explained, “it is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society. It is the laity who are the forefront of creating what Pope Paul VI called the ‘civilization of love.’”

Archbishop Lori, who leads the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee, encouraged the laity to get involved in the June 21 to July 4 “Fortnight for Freedom” event through education, prayer and advocacy.

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Read the rest there.

At some point the Orthodox Christians will have to decide as well whether or not we are going to defend religious liberty or not.

Simply put,  will we remain on the sidelines while others are mistreated it will we join our voices in condemning unjust laws? Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Can we do any less today in response to laws that require Catholics to violate their own moral teaching?

As it stands now if Catholics are to be faithful to their own tradition they must risk either legal sanction or the loss of a wide range of ministries that testify to the truth of the Gospel.

Can we as Orthodox Christians really claim to love Christ if we stand by without protest? Or are we simply naive,  or secularized,  that we imagine that we will escape tomorrow what today the Catholic Church today?

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

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