Religious Freedom At Risk

American Catholics are celebrating the Fortnight For Freedom, an annual celebration called by the U.S. Bishops that culminates each year on July 4. For several years, Catholic ministries have been harried by government rules that their insurance plans cover contraceptives and abortion drugs. Other major religious faiths also face serious threats. In the wake of the Orlando mass shootings, some want to abridge the freedoms of Americans who profess the faith of Islam. Suggestions include Mosque surveillance, police patrols of Muslim neighborhoods, a travel ban barring all Muslims from the U.S., and the creation of a database to keep tabs on all Muslims living in the U.S. When one faith is threatened, all are threatened. Religious freedom is a hallmark of our American democracy. Pray that it will remains so.

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