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Catholic Bishops: ‘Constant Vigilance and Protection’ Required for Religious Liberty
Posted By Thomas Messner On April 12, 2012 @ 5:30 pm In Featured,First Principles | 5 Comments
This morning, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty.” 
To Americans who care about and work for religious freedom, the bishops’ statement is a powerful message of solidarity.
The bishops argue that, in America, religious freedom is our first and most cherished freedom and, without it, “all other freedoms are fragile.”
In giving this important principle due consideration, it is also important to recognize that one of the greatest threats to religious freedom today is the loss of freedom more generally.
Increased threats to religious freedom should come as no surprise  in any society that tolerates ever-increasing intrusions into freedom of private action in general . This is true even if such intrusions are carried out with good intentions in the name of the most noble and humanitarian causes.
Because religious freedom goes hand-in-hand with freedom more generally, those who would protect religious freedom in the age of the administrative state  must be prepared to protect freedom in general.
Today’s statement was developed by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty  and comes at a time when threats to religious freedom continue to grow.
In America, many threats to religious freedom today involve one or more of three main problems:
Examples  of such threats include:
“[L]ike any freedom,” write the bishops, “religious liberty requires constant vigilance and protection, or it will disappear.”
This timely reminder will hearten advocates of religious freedom in America and throughout the world.
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URLs in this post:
 “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty.”: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm
 no surprise: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/02/01/as-heritage-predicted-obamacare-burdens-freedom-of-conscience/
 ever-increasing intrusions into freedom of private action in general: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/02/14/how-conscience-gets-trapped-in-obamacares-little-box-of-horrors/
 age of the administrative state: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/04/why-congress-must-confront-the-administrative-state
 deny churches: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/4781
 Obamacare rule: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../tag/obamacare-and-religious-freedom/
 Christian student groups: http://www.clsnet.org/page.aspx?pid=414
 forced Catholic charity organizations to stop providing adoption and foster care services: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/04/from-culture-wars-to-conscience-wars-emerging-threats-to-conscience
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