Gagging The Catholic Church

UPDATE: Proposed Connecticut Bill 1098 is dead for the remainder of this legislative session. My original posting concerning this is below the fold.

Courant.com

The Democratic co-chairs of the legislature’s judiciary committee, Rep. Michael P. Lawlor of East Haven and Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford, just released the following statement:

"For reasons that are unclear, Connecticut has had generations-old laws on the books singling out particular religions and treating them differently from other religions in our statutes.  That doesn’t seem right.  In fact, many of our existing corporate laws dealing with particular religious groups appear to us to be unconstitutional under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If that is correct, any changes to that law would likely also be unconstitutional.

"With that in mind, it would serve no useful purpose to have a conversation about changing the laws that govern existing Roman Catholic corporations until we know if any of these existing laws are constitutional.  At the request of the proponents who are advocating this legislation, we have decided to cancel the public hearing for tomorrow, table any further consideration of this bill for the duration of this session, and ask the Attorney General his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the existing law that sets different rules for five named separate religions.

"We think it would be more appropriate to invite representatives from all religious denominations around the state together with legal scholars on this topic to participate in a forum regarding the current law.  Such a conversation would be more appropriate to have when the legislature is not in session and other more important issues, such as the current fiscal crisis, are resolved.  We intend to do that once we
have the benefit of the Attorney General’s opinion.

"In the meantime, we think it would be most beneficial if the proponents who requested these changes and church officials meet together privately to see if they can come to a resolution on their own.  Open and honest communication between these two groups could only help.  For our part, we intend to reach out to representatives of the Catholic Conference and continue the discussion that began in 2008 on this issue.  We hope they will agree to meet with us."

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We’ve watched the Federal government become involved in businesses which accepted bailout money and suggesting that they [the government] can dictate salary.

Now in the state of Connecticut  we see the attempt by the State government to dictate how the Catholic church in Connecticut must be organized and effectively removing control of church finances from pastors and bishops.

The Proposed Bill 1098 can be viewed in PDF here.

A public hearing is to be held March 11th at 12:00 noon.

This is an obvious attempt to rescind from the Catholic church, their First Amendment rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Catholic church is being singled out in this bill as the bill mentions by name “The Roman Catholic Church”, no other religious organization is made mention of.

Seemingly from news reports I’ve read the two sponsors of this bill (who’s names appear no where on the bill itself) have a legislative history of attacking the Catholic church.

It would then seem this bill is personal for these two persons.

For those who live in the state of Connecticut, no matter if you are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim… it would be in your own best interest to contact these two men and express some righteous outrage.

For those of us who reside in other states, I suggest we also contact these two men.

Don’t think if this works in Connecticut that it won’t be attempted in other states and that other religious organizations beyond the catholic church won’t also be targeted.

Their contact information is:

Senator Andrew McDonald:
Capitol phone: 860-240-8600; Home phone: (203) 348-7439
E-mail:
McDonald@senatedems.ct.gov

Representative Michael Lawlor:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0001; Home phone: (203) 469-9725
E-mail:
Michael.Lawlor@cga.ct.gov

Judiciary Committee:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0530
Clerk E-mail:
Sarah.Kolb@cga.ct.gov

From The Catholic League

“Bishop Lori is correct to say that the bill ‘is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.’ Indeed, it is payback: this brutal act of revenge by Lawlor and McDonald, two champions of gay marriage, is designed to muzzle the voice of the Catholic Church.

“By singling out the Catholic Church—no other religion has been targeted—Lawlor and McDonald have demonstrated that they are ethically unfit to continue as lawmakers. They have evinced a bias so strong, and so malicious, that it compromises their ability to serve the public good. They should therefore be expelled by their colleagues. Reprimand and censure suggest that the offender can be rehabilitated. It is painfully obvious in this instance that neither lawmaker is prepared to accept such a sanction. Expulsion is the only rational response. We are contacting House leader Christopher Donovan and Senate leader Martin Looney to explore this action.”

From The Diocese of Bridgeport

The State has no right to interfere in the internal affairs and structure of the Catholic Church. This bill is directed only at the Catholic Church but could someday be forced on other denominations. The State has no business controlling religion.

The Pastors of our Diocese are doing an exemplary job of sound stewardship and financial accountability, in full cooperation with their parishioners.

For the State Legislature — which has not reversed a $1 billion deficit in this fiscal year — to try to manage the Catholic Church makes no sense. The Catholic Church not only lives within her means but stretches her resources to provide more social, charitable, and educational services than any other private institution in the State. This bill threatens those services at a time when the State is cutting services. The Catholic Church is needed now more than ever.

We reject this irrational, unlawful, and bigoted bill that jeopardizes the religious liberty of our Church.

 

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The Democratic Party Feels Emboldened Behind President Obama And Are Attacking Free Speech

Last week Rush Limbaugh said the following concerning President Obama and his agenda.

Rush Limbaugh

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down.  And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care.  I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work.  So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at?  See, here’s the point.  Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say.  Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.”  Why not?  Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails?  Liberalism is our problem.  Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here.  Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is.  I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.”  Somebody’s gotta say it.

Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated? Why do we have to play the game by their rules?  Why do we have to accept the premise here that because of the historical nature of his presidency, that we want him to succeed?

Rush said this on January 16th and since that time, the manufactured outrage from the left has been unprecedented.  That outrage has turned into what I see as a full out attack on free speech.

Currently the Democratic Congressional Campaign has begun an online petition for Americans to “expresses your outrage” concerning the above comments from Mr. Limbaugh.

The DCC has put an audio clip of the comments made by Rush on their petition page, void of all context.

The reasoning for the petition as stated on the DCC blog page is

We need every grassroots Democrat to show Rush Limbaugh and all of the Republicans what they’re up against if they start attacking President Obama and Democrats who are working to end the failed GOP policies of the last eight years.

Let’s be honest here, the above is NOT the real reason for this petition.

This petition is simply the beginning of an Obama era campaign to  squash debate. It is meant to send a message to elected Republicans with no back bone to shut up and get on board. It’s a message to everyday people like you and me to shut up.

For all the claims from Democrats of diversity, they sure the hell don’t want a diversity of opinion and they have no interest in an actual national conversation.

They are telling us that this socialist crap WILL be shoved down our throats and we WILL like it.

Get bent, okay.

There was no effort to shut you up when you disagreed with GWB, no effort to shut you up when you disagreed with Ronald Reagan. Rather there was debate.

Speaking for myself, I won’t shut my big mouth, I’ve now only more resolve to express my opinion, share my thoughts.

No one, from a liberal neighbor to President Obama himself is going to tell me I cannot disagree with him and that I cannot disagree in a public way. I’m very sure Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, etc… have no intention of keeping their thoughts and opinions to themselves.

Excuse me lefties, what happened to your prosaic statements such as “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” or “question authority”?

How in the last eight years anyone could have missed that the left is comprised bullies I don’t know. There should be no question in your mind and if any doubt lingers, I assure you it will be answered in the affirmative within the months to come.

You can go to the DCC site and leave your comments concerning this Rush Limbaugh and free speech issue here. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find a place to leave comments.

I left comments there, if they will allow those comments or not I do not know.

The comments I left are below.

Your tactics are disturbing and fully disgusting.

You have purposely taken the comments of Rush Limbaugh out of context.

Are Americans to believe you wanted GWB to have succeeded with his agenda?

I agree with Rush, as do millions of other Americans.
We cannot disagree with President Obama and his agenda but it was okay for you to disagree with GWB?

No room for varying opinions in America when a Democrat sits in the oval office?

Don’t take their crap.

They are going to make a move on talk radio this year, they are already talking about it. Next may well be blogs and other websites expressing disagreement with their agenda.

As much as I would like to think it far fetched, who is to say after radio shows and blogs, it won’t be you?

The Far Left Peace Plan In Action

peacebruthaman 

How do you bring about world peace and end the violence of war?

By acting violently against innocent people, those who disagree with you and against law enforcement.

By vandalizing businesses and the personal property of others.

How do you bring about world peace, by way of anarchy.

 

These are the same kind of people who are emailing me and telling me that Israel should not be defending itself, that Israel would do more to encourage Hamas towards peace by having talks with them.

The moonbats above don’t seem to be engaging in meaningful conversation.

 

Ya dirty, nasty, hypocritical, wannabe hippies, you make me ill.

 

If It Had Been Saddam Hussein At The Podium

bush_shoe 

I’m sure this has already been pointed out a million times by now, one more time won’t hurt.

If it had been Saddam Hussein at the podium yesterday who the Iraqi reporter (I understood the reporter to actually be from Egypt) threw a shoe at, that reporter would be dead now.

 

I wasn’t going to post on this at all but I came across this posting over at DUmmie FUnnies in which he highlights pieces of a thread at the Democratic Underground mock Bush and praise the reporter who threw the shoe.

I found their responses to be more than interesting and demonstrative of their [the left] typical hatred.

The left’s hatred of Bush is not exactly a secret, but the degree of hatred still sometimes shocks me.

A good percentage of the messages in the thread are vulgar to the point where I would not feel comfortable posting them here. Many lament that Bush was not actually hit by either of the shoes. Most of them are just seething with vile hatred.

I am not pleased that Barack Obama is to be our president, I am opposed to him in whole and his agenda in whole, still were he to experience something similar I would not take pleasure in it and would not be wishing ill upon him.

These people are simply sickening.

A sampling from the Democratic Underground follows:

And how many people would actually get to read anything an Iraqi journalist wrote, I applaud this “Journalist” for what he did, its just a shame Shrub didn’t get his teeth knocked out!!

He didn’t get the memo he was s’pose to throw flowers! At least Bush got the greeting he deserved.

Couldn’t happen 2 a better person

Somebody get that guy a brick!

Too bad Shrub didn’t get his teeth knocked out, that guys a true hero!

I want to put it on tape and give it out as a Christmas gift

Prop8 The Musical, A Star Studded Lesson In Tolerance

Weeks  after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the debate continues to rage.

From the burning of religious materials on the steps of a Mormon church, to invasion of Sunday morning church by groups of homosexuals with megaphones, throwing condoms, spitting and swearing, to threats of violence and ruin against business and individuals that financially supported Prop 8.

A group of Hollywood’s finest B, C and Z list actors have come together in a musical comedy to teach tolerance to the hateful people (such as myself) who oppose gay marriage.

The lesson is one in which Conservatives are exposed to their paranoia and hate, their bigotry.

It is a lesson in both theology and American government.

The little musical also demonstrates that Conservatives would support gay marriage if only we saw monetary gain for ourselves in it.

The mockery is amazing, the arrogance and  ignorance stupendous.

A haughty collection of fools, thinking themselves able to make manifest the hate of the conservative American.

Smarter than God are they, smarter than the California voter.

If I did not have crappy Hollywood actors to tell me how to live and think, my life would surely be a wreck.

You can view the video here, WP is giving me fits embedding it.

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Liberal Hate – Pick On A Downs Syndrome Baby Because You Disagree Politicaly With His Mother

This is my first post on this blog under the category ‘Liberal Hate’, I expect it is a category that will have many posts under it with in a short period of time.

This picture was posted on Wonkette along with the following commentary:

Little baby Trig must be so glad he wasn’t aborted for this, his first Halloween, because his parents dressed him up like a political party symbol to be carried around at snarling political events. Aww. Isn’t life just grand?

The commentary by itself is bad enough as it is clearly a pro-abortionist taking a shot at Sarah Palin for the fact that she is Pro-Life and that she did not murder a child which the author Jim Newell at least indicates he believes should have been aborted; that said, the real expressions of hate are to be found in the comments section.

The comments were so over the top that the comment section was eventually closed.

If you you follow the link and choose to read the comments section be warned that a good portion of the comments are vulgar and sexual in nature.

Cross Posted @ Little Bit Tired, Little Bit Worn