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Religious Liberty is Literally Under Attack


SHANNON MCGINLEY

Source:
Bedford Patch
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
8/21/2012

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ABSTRACTOP/ED: Religious Liberty is Literally Under Attack - Bedford, NH Patch patching...   Editor Ryan O'Connor ryan.oconnor@patch.com 77° Current weather TODAY | 77° F Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Hourly Detailed Radar WED 82° 58° THU 83° 59° FRI 82° 59° SAT 80° 61° SUN 81° 62° MON 83° --°   Admin Patch Newsletter Nearby Amherst Patch Merrimack Patch Nashua Patch Windham Patch Salem Patch Wilmington Patch Acton Patch Concord Patch See more Join Sign In Profile Account Newsletters Log Out Home News Browse News Arts Business Elections Government Obituaries Opinion Police & Fire School News Sports 2012 Summer Reading Guide Back to School Guide Bedford Election Guide Best of Patch Readers' Choice Bedford 2012 Connections House & Home New Hampshire Primary Summer Guide Valentine's Day Guide 2012 Announcements Local Voices Eyes and Ears Off The Bus Events Browse Events Art & Entertainment Awareness Charitable Classes & Lectures Fairs & Festivals Family Food & Drink Garage Sales Government Music Organizations Outdoor Patch's House & Home Religious School Events Sports & Recreation Theater Valentine's Day Guide Wedding Directory Browse Directory Readers' Choice 2012 Arts & Entertainment Automotive & Boating Community Resources Food & Dining Government Health Nightlife Real Estate Schools Services Shopping Sports & Fitness Travel & Transportation Seasonal Businesses Hometown Partners Commute Pics & Clips Elections More Stuff Jobs Volunteer Update: Don't have time to read the paper? No worries. Get the top news in your inbox each morning by signing up for our FREE daily newsletter! » Welcome back, Patch Blogger! Make Patch better! Take our survey:   OK | Sorry, maybe next time (survey will open in a new window) 42.94541 -71.52064 primary OP/ED: Religious Liberty is Literally Under Attack Bedford Presbyterian Church 4 Church Rd, Bedford, NH /listings/bedford-presbyterian-church-4 1912547 /locations/7644376 Government , Opinion OP/ED: Religious Liberty is Literally Under Attack 'Government should not be able to force people to do something that violates their freedom of conscience,' says acting executive director of Cornerstone Action. 11:00 am Tweet   Email   Print   Comment   ‹ Back to Article   new   Embed | Share       context Photos (2) Photos Credit Ryan O'Connor Credit Facebook Upload Photos and Videos | Search Patch Archive http://bedford-nh.patch.com/articles/op-ed-religious-liberty-is-literally-under-attack/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1345562039 asset[new_asset_attachment_attributes][to_id] 2544424 asset[new_asset_attachment_attributes][to_type] Article article[new_asset_attachment_attributes][user_id] new_asset_attachment_attributes By Shannon McGinley, acting executive director of Cornerstone Action When President Obama visited Rochester, N.H., last week, he asked the Sisters of the St. Charles Children Home to sit behind him; an offer they declined. And when the president’s staffers said they’d be using the home as a backdrop for the president’s rally, Sister Mary Agnes covered the organization’s sign with a new message: “Pray for Religious Freedom.” As I join the Sisters in prayer for our inalienable natural right to religious liberty, which is protected by both our state and federal constitutions, I thought the Sisters’ statement deserved a bit of public meditation to clarify exactly how severely this right has come under attack by this president and those who agree with him. It is with great sorrow that I can so easily point to the shooting last week at the Family Research Council in Washington as an example. On Wednesday, bigot Floyd Lee Corkins II opened fire in the council lobby, stating, “I don’t like your politics.” He injured the building’s security guard, who stopped what could have easily become a massacre. Reportedly, the homosexual-rights activist also had the address for the Traditional Values Coalition on his person, along with a full box of ammunition. Both organizations defend religious liberty and advocate for traditional marriage as the bedrock of society, which it is. If only this were an isolated incident. My counterpart at the Family Institute of Connecticut Action, Peter Wolfgang, said he has been receiving death threats from a homosexual activist, who has finally been charged and will appear in court this week. It’s really sad commentary that we have to wait for tragedy before anyone takes people’s hateful threats seriously. It would be even more tragic, however, if these attacks silenced the political debate about religious freedom that led to these attacks. In a sense, these actual attacks symbolize the problem facing religious liberty in today.......