Glenn Beck explains why we are all Catholics now.

Glenn Beck met with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Rome this weekend after Dolan was elevated to cardinal. (The Blaze)

Glenn Beck was in Rome this weekend visiting with Catholic leaders.
He contributed this to the Washington Post today.

I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic. Why? Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings. So if you are a person of faith, you must call yourself a Catholic.

Today, the Catholic Church is defending a historic American freedom. We tend to forget that many of America’s earliest European settlers were religious refugees. Europe was not a kind place to the faithful if the state didn’t approve: Jews in Spain, Puritans in England, Protestants in France and so on. You were cast out, or worse.

Our Founding Fathers remembered this. They knew if you can’t serve God as you choose, you are not free. And so they enshrined that right in the First Amendment of the Constitution: The state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

This is why Americans are offended by the ruling from the White House that would force church-run institutions to pay for birth control and morning-after pills, which are tantamount to abortion. The so-called compromise is no compromise – under government-approved health insurance plans that the church pays for, abortifacients would be covered. Sin by proxy – that’s the compromise.

The Blaze has more on Beck’s visit to Vatican City.

 

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  1. “The state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…””

    …doesn’t that pretty much say it all? How can Obama declare a statement, as he did, and truly believe he can get away with it? MAYBE….just maybe, he had an ulterior motive already in line?

  2. “The so-called compromise is no compromise”

    Notice the Obama administration never called it a compromise. They called it an “accommodation”. Cute, eh?

    And while I’ve not seen this reported in the general media, the administration has now proceeded to implement the original regulation, as written, without any change whatsoever.

    So even the administration’s phony “accommodation” now seems to be on the cutting-room floor.

    Do you think the administration has demonstrated bona fide engagement with concerned citizens based on the constitution and other law (First Amendment; Religious Freedom Restoration Act – 1993)?

    Yeah. Right.

  3. This Sunday once again in church (I’m Catholic) we were asked to raise our voices against this (by contacting our government officials). Sorry, won’t do. The bishops and hierarchy of the Catholic church are just interested in preserving religious liberty . What about liberty, period? I remind you these bishops so upset now were the biggest cheerleaders and allies of Obama during the debate that preceded Obamacare. The only thing they cared about was to advance the cause of “social justice”. The day I hear them condemn the law as a loss of freedom for all of us, not only Catholic institutions, I’ll heed their call for support.

  4. I couldn’t agree more – we are all Catholics now – except Muslims that is – gawd! looks like the Crusades may be upon us once again – perhaps we’ll finish the job this time – ’cause if we don’t – they will. . . .

  5. #3 February 20, 2012 at 9:20 am
    LIndensant commented:

    Amen!!!

  6. Check Barnhardt.Biz for commentary on Dolan. Very interesting.

  7. Nice photo op.
    A picture, they say, is worth a 1000 words but actions speak louder.
    When I see Beck and Cardinal Dolan on their knees and praying in front of the White House, I’ll know they’ve joined the fight.

    Pray for America.

  8. Rallies for Religious Freedom will be held around the nation on March 23rd:
    http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/

    ..All that is necessary for evil to grow in the world is for good men to do nothing.. It came to me in a dream last night, think it has legs. /s/

  9. Are any of these the same hacks who gave Obama an honorary degree from Notre Dame after they helped him to cover up the crucifix?

    As a group, they are coming across as quite self-serving and hypocritical.

  10. #1 “Ulterior Motive”

    I am afraid that this is exactly that..
    1- His recent actions go to court.
    2- The court will eventually make the correct ruling..BUT..
    Does that rulling set LEGAL PRECEDENTS for the Muslims to use to argue that
    “their principles and teachings” are a matter of Faith and individual conscience”
    Here comes Sharia next??

  11. People can unite as Christians, but “we are not all Catholics now” although the RC church’s goal has been none other than that.

  12. #6
    al…

    OMGosh, thank you for that link. I advise everyone to check out the link, read the second article down the page you will be shocked. I’m still shaking my head and totally baffled.

    God help and Bless us all.

  13. #3 “What about liberty, period?”

    OK, good Q, run with that.

    You want to live in a country where the federal government can tell you what insurance you must buy? What that insurance must cover? And btw asserts the power to command private companies to offer their products for free? Do you think that will stop with insurance? When the feds are responsible to pay for the majority of medical care in the U.S., they might actually choose to command other activities. To name a far-fetched example, they might even tell 4-year-old nursery school kids what their mothers may not feed them – and substitute federally-mandated chicken nuggets. All in the name of “health” mind you – and so the feds can tell themselves they are saving save a few bucks in ObamaCare. Is that the kind of liberty you have in mind? Somehow, I doubt that.

    So – - I think we should welcome the Catholics (and other religious orgs as well) as converts to the cause. We need their help.

    We should not try to “punish” them because they came late to their conversion. They’re here. Let’s get more converts and meanwhile let’s all work together now to defeat not only this contraceptive thing, but to get ObamaCare repealed in its entirety.

    ObamaCare is, after all, the source of the greatly-expanded, bogus “authority” that HHS now claims over contraceptives. And that is just the beginning.

  14. lizzy84
    #9

    Great!

  15. This is a death match between the party of dealth, e. g. the Demomarxist party and all people of faith. Barry wants to crush all religions and bring them under state control. Monstrous. Had enough of this idological crap? I have. Anybody but Obama, I mean it!

  16. Herein lies the philosophical importance of the upcoming presidential election. During the past three years the diminution of personal liberties through Obamacare and the explosive regulatory climate is palpable. We cannot leave in power an individual who will appoint justices with tepid regard for our Constitution and who himself appears to have an underlying disregard for the system of government that has been the worldwide ideal for some 240 years.

    We must elect a president who to his core understands, celebrates, articulates and will govern according to the standards inherent in the Constitution.

    Read when possible.

    http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/feb/20/letter-elect-president-with-greater-respect-for/

    This is about America, the Constitution, and Obama has broken it.

  17. “Dolan is the kind of guy who gets off on being invited to meetings with powerful Washington D.C. players, and being cheered and given standing ovations. It makes him feel good about himself. He’ll never call Obama out or tell Obama to go to hell, because then he might not get invited to the next cocktail reception or Georgetown soiree, or worst of all, not get any more invites to the Oval Office. Dolan will kiss Obama’s ass, will capitulate to Obama’s satanic evil, and then thank Obama after Obama has spit in the face of Christ and His Church – just so long as Dolan’s ego and social calendar don’t suffer.” — Ann Barnhardt

    Dolan, Boehner, McConnell, Cantor………………………………………………………………….

  18. Alinsky-Trained Obama Tramples on Peoples’ Core Values in the United States & Kenya

    The Catholic Church should have seen the freedom of religion travesty coming because the Obama administration has a history of forcing their beliefs down the throats of others around the globe.

    Archbishop Dolan spoke with Obama in the White House and was promised that Catholic institutions would not be forced to offer employees insurance for birth control [I don't know why we have to pay for other peoples' sex lives anyway. I do not buy into the "women's health" garbage. Let the collectivists pay for it themselves and leave the rest of us out of it.]

    Obama broke his promise to the Archbishop, or maybe he lied, I can’t know his heart but I can guess.

    NY Daily News: Archbishop Timothy Dolan said Thursday he’s “skeptical” of President Obama and accused him of breaking a promise by forcing Catholic institutions to offer employees insurance for birth control.

    As he gears up for his trip to Rome to be made a cardinal, Dolan shows no sign of easing up his attacks on the White House over the contraception controversy — which has spawned its first lawsuit.

    Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” he said that when he met with Obama in November in the Oval Office, he was assured the administration would not do anything to “impede” the Catholic Church.

    Obama used taxpayer money to force abortion on Kenyans who are morally opposed to it.

    Life News: A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, revealed that the Obama administration has broken the law. The GAO’s report establishes that at least one Obama guarantee openly lobbied to expand abortion in Kenya despite the longstanding law, known as the Siljander Amendment, that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries.

    But at least one Obama guarantee did just that and more. The report reveals that the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) received $400,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to, according to the grant’s stated purpose, “contribute to the enactment of a revised constitution of Kenya that resolves the underlying causes of conflict.”

    Apparently, we spent $23 million on it. How dare he use taxpayer money to corrupt the values and beliefs of another country!

    Fox News: A Republican lawmaker is accusing the White House of “unconscionable” and “illegal” acts for its role in Kenya’s referendum on a new constitution, which would legalize abortion in the country for the first time.

    Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey cited a report by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, that estimated that more than $23 million in U.S. taxpayer funds have been spent on the referendum. Smith and other conservatives have complained that at least some of that money has been spent in support of the proposed constitution, possibly violating U.S. law.

    “Under no circumstances should the U.S. government take sides,” Smith said at a news conference Wednesday. “Yet that is precisely what the Obama administration has done.”

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/02/alinsky-trained-obama-tramples-on-peoples-core-beliefs-in-the-united-states-kenya/



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