Do you know of anyone that is being denied the right worship as they please? I know that is a loaded question and the fact is some believe they are being denied the right to worship as they please, because they believe they should be able to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us.
Many religious leaders are opposed to the Affordable Healthcare Act. Can you imagine that? Religious leaders in bed with the Healthcare CEO's? Is that something Jesus would do?
One letter from the Archdiocese of Washington says organizations “will be placed in the untenable position of having to choose between violating the law and violating their conscience.”
In another from the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, a bishop calls on Catholics to stand united against the rule.
Religious leaders have been suppressing, torturing, hanging and attempting to deny folks the right to vote and using their pulpits to condone slavery for a long time. Yes these are the religious leaders that have a history of:
Denying women the right to vote.
The Catholic Encyclopedia firmly supports anti-suffragists using not only direct quotes from the bible, but the gathered opinion from many high-ranking bishops. The value of bishops' statements are often looked at as an interpretation and application of their god's word to modern issues, and is therefore nearly as solid as that of the bible. It stated that men are granted their power by god, and beneath man is woman, who are women are only given 'glory' in their subordinate position through man. The general Christian ideal set forth by this encyclopedia is basically a hierarchy; at the top is god, beneath him man, and at the bottom, woman. When delving into the history of the Catholic Church, one will find that this doctrine had always been firmly maintained, and is so today, though not necessarily to the same extent.
The Salem Witch hunt.
The two courts convicted twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were executed by hanging. One man, Giles Corey, refused to enter a plea and was crushed to death under heavy stones in an attempt to force him to do so. At least five more of the accused died in prison.
Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland John Carroll, had two black servants – one free and one a slave.
By the 1830s, tension had begun to mount between Northern and Southern Baptist churches. The support of Baptists in the South for slavery can be ascribed to economic and social reasons. However, Baptists in the North claimed that God would not “condone treating one race as superior to another”. Southerners, on the other hand, held that God intended the races to be separate. Finally, around 1835, Southern states began complaining that they were being slighted in the allocation of funds for missionary work.
The break was triggered in 1844, when the Home Mission Society announced that a person could not be a missionary and still keep his slaves as property. Faced with this challenge, the Baptists in the south assembled in May 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, and organized the Southern Baptist Convention.
When the institutions of the church felt themselves threatened by what they perceived as the heresy, and then schism of the Protestant Reformation, they reacted. Paul III (Pope from 1534 to 1549) established a system of tribunals, administered by the “Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition”, and staffed by cardinals and other Church officials. This system would later become known as the Roman Inquisition.
Taking money from the rich.
According to Catholic sources, other benefactors of the trip included ex-BP chairman and Royal Bank of Scotland director Peter Sutherland, Swiss businessman Urs Schwarzenbach and investment banker John Studzinski. Outgoing Barclays Bank chief executive John Varley is also thought to have been approached.
Schwarzenbach, who made his fortune by setting up a foreign exchange dealership, has bought more than £40 million of property in Britain.
American-born Mr Studzinsky, who once considered becoming a priest, left HSBC earlier this year – where he is rumoured to have made £25 million in only three years – to head American private-equity firm Blackstone.
Some of the donors to the Pope’s visit are thought to have given £250,000.
The 1% Popes.
The Medici Bank was one of the most prosperous and most respected institutions in Europe. There are some estimates that the Medici family were the wealthiest family in Europe for a period of time. From this base, they acquired political power initially in Florence and later in wider Italy and Europe. A notable contribution to the profession of accounting was the improvement of the general ledger system through the development of the double-entry bookkeeping system for tracking credits and debits. This system was first used by accountants working for the Medici family in Florence.
I know it may seem like we're picking on Catholics here, but believe me there are plenty of others, like the Southern Baptist, “God Hates Fags” Pastor Fred Phelps and Pastor Steven L. Anderson, just to mention a few.
So my message to my fellow Christians is this: If you're against abortion, don't get one. If you're against same sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex and try to stay married to your opposite sex spouse. Don't say your prayers in my face if I don't want to hear them. I can pray all by myself thank you. Furthermore if you want to carry water for the 1% that's your business, but don't ask me to participate. And when I hear stuff like the following coming out of the mouth of a self proclaimed Christian, thrice married politician, Newt Gingrich. I just sit back and laugh my ass off.
Republican Presidential Debate January 26, 2012 Transcript.
GINGRICH: I would say that there are three ways in which religion would affect me.
The first is, I agree with Governor Romney. I think anyone who is president is faced with decisions so enormous that they should go to God. They should seek guidance. Because these are decisions beyond the ability of mere mortals to truly decide without some sense of what it is we should be doing.
I would say, second, that we have a real obligation to recognize that, if you’re truly faithful, it’s not just an hour on Sundays or Saturdays or Fridays. It’s in fact something that should suffuse your life, to be a part of who you are. And in that sense, it is inextricably tied in with how you behave.
But I would say, third, one of the reasons I am running is there has been an increasingly aggressive war against religion and in particular against Christianity in this country, largely by…
… largely by a secular elite and the academic news media and judicial areas. And I frankly believe it’s important to have some leadership that stands up and says, enough; we are truly guaranteed the right of religious freedom, not religious suppression by the state.