Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fortnight for Freedom - 4
Went to a presentation at UW-La Crosse last night given by Hannah Smith, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. An excellent presentation on the dangers to our religious liberty beyond the current spot-light on the HHS mandate. The evening was marred only by the insistent rantings of a couple of our local atheist-freethinkers. Thankfully, our diocesan director of ministries, who was emceeing the evening, handled the issue firmly. Thanks to the Office of Ministries, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and the Roncalli-Newman Catholic Parish at UW-La Crosse for sponsoring this event.
My only regret is that we didn't fill the hall, which holds about 800 people. There were probably a little over 500 folks in attendance. It seems that our Catholic population, and others of good will, are still not aware of how important this issue is. Thankfully, our bishops are united and will continue to push the issue in the foreseeable future.
There are a couple of links that might be of use to those who are already interested in this issue. The first is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington law firm which handles religious liberty cases exclusively. I notice a number of articles on this website regarding religious freedom and, of course, the HHS mandate (they're representing a number of the suits against the administration in this matter). The other is a blog from the Ruth Institute, which is dedicated to the defense of marriage. They have been publishing a series of well-written articles on religious liberty.