Catholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty



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ABSTRACTCatholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US Catholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2012 / 08:04 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Religious liberty advocacy group the Catholic Association released a voter guide on Oct. 4 that gives a failing grade to President Obama on seven key religious freedom issues. “The Obama Administration has put forth divisive policies and government regulations that ignore our First Amendment protections and erode the religious freedom of Catholics and people of faith,” said Maureen Ferguson, the group's senior policy advisor. Over one million copies of the guide will be distributed in both English and Spanish across the country. The guide is meant to educate Catholics and other persons of faith on how their vote could affect religious liberty concerns over the next four years. In contrast to the score given to President Obama, the guide gives Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney an “A+” with regards to the seven religious liberty policies. “The President's unprecedented HHS mandate is the most far reaching encroachment on religious freedom in American history,” Ferguson added. “People of faith, religious charitable organizations and employers should not be forced to either violate their faith or face crippling fines that would damage their ability to serve the poor, the needy, the sick, the elderly, the orphaned and the overall common good.” Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the group, also weighed in, noting that on “critical issues” such human trafficking, international religious freedom and allowing churches to choose their own leaders, “the administration has used regulation, laws and litigation to undermine the religious rights of people of faith.” Tags: Religious freedom , 2012 election Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com Share Email Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Digg Stumble More Destinations Related news New study finds rise in religious restrictions worldwide Cardinal Wuerl calls religion the 'conscience' of democracy Cardinal Dolan says religious freedom means leaving faith alone Catholic group reaches out amid hostility to religion Related articles The “Morning-After Pill”, Rape Victims and Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services Guide for 2008 Federal Election - Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Second Vespers with bishops, priests, religious and seminarians Where is Your God? Responding to the Challenge of Unbelief and Religious Indifference Today * The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves.......