Support Real Religious Liberty, Not Discrimination

 

Washington Post Fortnight ad

 

From Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, July 4, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual campaign to promote discrimination. Though the bishops call it a “Fortnight for Freedom,” make no mistake: The bishops’ idea of religious freedom is the freedom to discriminate against anyone who disagrees with them, and they want all of us to join them.

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In response, Catholics for Choice launched a campaign on the front cover wraparound of the Washington Post Express to point a finger at the bishops’ discrimination. The ad inverts the US Army’s famous Uncle Sam recruitment poster, originally by James Montgomery Flagg, by showing a Catholic bishop recruiting an army of intolerance.

Read an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun by Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice and Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on the shopping list that extremist religious groups want to sell you as “religious liberty.”

Jon O’Brien explains in Crux how the bishops are trying to recruit a parade of Catholics—not to uplift and celebrate our community—but to show support for their discrimination campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential campaigns.


 

Resources

 

This short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars.

Are Catholic Charities Denying Care to the Most Vulnerable Girls?
What happens to vulnerable women and girls when Catholic service providers limit access to abortion and contraception?

Using Religion to Discriminate
This issue of Conscience takes a long, hard look at what’s at stake in the ongoing debate over real religious freedom.

Perspectives on Religious Liberty
On February 7, 2014, in Washington, DC, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice convened a forum featuring legal and political experts, religious and community leaders, grassroots organizers and advocates for religious freedom and against discrimination.

Catholic Voters and Religious Exemption Policies
This 2014 poll found that despite vocal activism from ultraconservatives in favor of exemptions that allow organizations and individuals to provide reproductive health services on religious grounds, US Catholics voters reject a broad array of religious exemptions.

The Catholic Case for Contraception Coverage
“Individuals have consciences, they have health care needs and they have religious liberty,” wrote Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, for Religion News Service. “Institutions, however, do not. The constant bleating about institutions having their conscience violated by the contraceptive mandate is a bogus argument.”

Let’s Celebrate Real Religious Freedom
Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien questions the Catholic bishops’ bogus claims of religious persecution and identifies what real religious liberty means to people of all faiths.

A Delicate Balance
Conscience contributor and Americans United for Separation of Church and State communications director Rob Boston outlines the history of religious liberty in the United States.

In Good Conscience: Respecting the Beliefs of Healthcare Providers and the Needs of Patients
This pamphlet gives a brief overview of some of the key themes in the debate on refusal/conscience clauses: how conscience clauses evolved; Catholic teachings on conscience; and how the concept of conscience has been manipulated, especially within the context of reproductive health and rights.

Emergency Contraception: Catholics in Favor, Bishops Opposed
Coverage for emergency contraception is one of the areas under dispute in the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision. Although the USCCB is opposed to EC, a majority of US Catholics support access to it.

Papering over the Differences: The Political Alliance between Evangelicals and the Catholic Right
Conscience contributor Frederick Clarkson provides some history for the conservative religious backlash against reproductive rights.