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By Ken Poland
July 14, 2012

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of the United States' 57,000 nuns, decided they could not accept the Vatican’s verdict, and sent their president and executive director to Rome on June 12 to open a dialogue with Vatican officials.

Don't worry about it, Angelo. The RC hierarchy will, with the help of the religious right and ultra conservative republicans, bring them into compliance with the aid of the U.S. Government.

Thank goodness, the framers of our constitution had the wisdom to declare our government a secular government that would protect all people (of faith or no faith) from the Pharisees of any faith.

Do we have enough voters with wisdom to keep us free? I have very strong religious opinions, and I reverently think I know God's will in most social choices. But, that doesn't mean I should coerce you, by the power of civil government, to act according to my conscience.

Freedom of religion and freedom of speech also means freedom from religion and freedom from speech of others. We cannot force others to tolerate our religion or speech, if it infringes on their human rights and personal privacy. The test that creates problems that the courts must rule on is whether our freedoms can be curtailed for the good of all people in society. Polygamy, child molestation, indecent exposure, stealing, destruction of other's property, murder, speeding on public roads, etc. are things that most of us understand will harm society.


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