A letter from Hobby Lobby stores CEO

Obamacare’s abortion-causing drugs

The following letter was emailed to Cal Catholic on November 28. The lawsuit can be read about here.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.
Sincerely,
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

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  1. Mbuku Kanyau Mbithuka says:

    Elections have consequences

    • Yes They Do and Sometimes they are extremely bad consequences. This nation will soon see how bad!

      • Abeca Christian says:

        The liberals don’t care…they like what they are doing, remember it is their new change and their mission, their hope.

        I think that what we need to do now is make Christians a protected race….just like they have done with the idiot laws to protect gays.

    • Some day, perhaps, the voters will see the folly of their attempts to elect a good government, and then it will call for a strong man to rule. And a strong man will rise up and take charge. After that all Hell will break loose. The faithful will have to learn how to hold fast to Jesus during the time when He will not keep temptation at bay, ie when all Hell breaks loose. We pray now and Heaven intervenes; later some day Heaven will become silent for a time … How will we survive this time of darkness, a time unprecedented? This preparation really is what Catholic education is all about … where has this core purpose gone to? Are we witnessing the arrival of the period of darkness?

  2. Maryanne Leonard says:

    More power to men like David Green of the Hobby Lobby.

  3. Whose coin is this? I can see Washington, Lincoln, FDR & JFK. I don’t see the image of Barack Hussein Obama on any coin. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and render unto God what is God’s.

  4. I think that an alternative to keeping present insurance coverage and paying 1.3 dollars per day is to drop all insurance and pay $2,000 per employee per year.

    • Joel F, it’s not $1.3 per day; it’s a million times that per day … One Point Three MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY. Several decades ago the Catholic bishops were fined $100,000 per day by the US Govt, during the administration of Pres Reagan, and with a Republican Congress. That issue dragged on for a while, and I’m not sure of the outcome, but I doubt the bishops ever paid anything to the govt, at least not that they didn’t get back somehow sometime later in spades. The federal govt is corrupt to the core, but there is God and human excellence which can sometimes defeat the corruption. Of course God has already spoken His piece, namely through the Pope, which is that bishops need to become holy. Holiness comes first; Seek first the Kingdom of God and then all else shall follow. When the bishops do this instead of cavorting with the corrupt, then we will begin to see improvement. Until then, we will see only one loss of morality after another.

  5. Baloney. If you legally must hire non-Christians, then your business needs to follow the law.

    • With all due respect, Peter, you, sir, are a Useful Idiot. Please look up the term. And while you are at it, I suggest you take some time each day to take the course offered by Hilldale College (it’s free), entitled “Constitution 101.”

      This is the problem with today’s education. When I grew up in the 1950s, and went to college in the 1960s, we actually studied the Constitution.

      Now, you people – and I mean YOU PEOPLE, Peter, the uneducated masses – go by feelings and emotions rather than cold, hard fact, and you are totally oblivious and unaware that the Constitution is being breached. Very sad.

    • If a law is unjust, then it cannot remain a law. The Catholic Bishops will shut down the entire Catholic Healthcare system before they allow this to be forced upon them. Before you say good riddance, you had better research just how much free healthcare is dispensed by the Catholic Health System. Many regions of this once great nation, this post constitutional republic, would have a crisis on their hands that will take a decade to fix.

      • “post constitutional republic”: reasonably descriptive phrase, Vidman. Godless government will not improve anyone’s lives, but its corruption will ruin everyone. Ancient Greece fell, Rome fell, the Catholic West arose and has reigned for twothousand years … This reign will never end, but it may change its appearance. As the Pope said, we will witness a smaller yet holier Church. Society can choose to ride into Heaven on the White Horse of Christ or flail its arms while drifting down to Hell in a handbasket. But the Church is eternal, and consists not of ideas but of human beings, including aborted babies and those who willfully follow Jesus Christ no matter how torturous their individual journeys up the Way of Sorrows. Those of the spirit of Caesar on one side of Him passed into the fires of Hell and the bitterness and gnashing of teeth in emptiness, while those of the spirit of faith in Salvation passed into Paradise on His other side, as He died on the Cross.

        • Although, not to say we cannot continue to claim and reclaim the US Constitution; the problem is convincing voters that they are better off under the Constitution than under some sort of “living constitution”: This is the challenge. Socialism prefers a dictatorship although these are always disguised as voter approved governments. Voters need to have and use common sense and not entitlement sense … this is probably the greatest problem. Why the bishops teach entitlement as a mentality instead of reason is puzzling, and why they teach faith in big brother governments is puzzling in the face of their mandate to teach the Gospel. Helping the poor does not mean despoiling the workers, although the bishops, in that they have a money source in the govt, do not require much from the working classes, and thus sacrifice them to their fabian goals of a fantasy world where abortion, sodomy, transhumanism, and freedom for violent criminals and so forth are goods approved by God. Salt, if ever any of these bishops “were”, that loses its flavor is worthless and needs to be thrown on the town dump.

          • In the gulags of the former Soviet Union, the two year sentences were handed out to murderers and thieves, whereas the eight year sentences were given those who upset the ideologies of the government. Satan loves evil men and hates good men; good men give no quarter to evil, but the bishops certainly seem to be rebelling against this aspect of nature and supernature: I begin to wonder if they are trying to establish a third realm, dominated neither by the devil or by God but by themselves.

          • Abeca Christian says:

            Skai you make sense but I think that when people are embracing serious sins, that this blinds them away from choosing real freedom. They tend to buy the lies that Obama and His administration is selling. So you make sense. I feel that when there is a formed conscience, those few who still love real freedom under God, will defend the US constitution but many are fools following a modern man’s socialistic views. Socialism is a new way to water down true Communism.

            People are becoming lazy and dependent. Integrity and character maybe a thing of the past, after all Obama may call it old fashioned…gross!

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      peter with a small “p”, you will enjoy your “law” in Hell!

      May God have mercy on America and on your poor soul!

      Kenneth M. Fisher

    • John Feeney says:

      WRONG!

    • Robert Bushlow says:

      The HHS mandate is unjust and must be rescinded!

    • peter, your sense of law is corrupted by your heinous orientation of sodomy. You have no clue what truth or goodness are.

  6. Abeca Christian says:

    I like this company….I consider their convictions very honorable! God bless them for taking up a stand….now if we all unite with them to make this lawsuit stronger, that would be great! God bless them always. I appreciate how they run their business…The real good American way!

  7. Abeca Christian says:

    I am not a business owner but I wonder what we can do to help them. I voted right to honor God but what else can an ordinary person like me do to help them. I will be praying for them and others…

  8. Mr. Green I wish you and your company success in your legal challenge to protect your freedom of religious expression. Sadly America is going down the same path that Canada has gone down. May God protect you and your company and give you the strength to fight the good fight as St. Paul says in scripture.

  9. Thak you Mr. David Green. Your reward will be in Heaven.

  10. Larry from RI says:

    Praise and glory to Hobby Lobby and the Becket Fund for fighting for our right to religious freedom under our US Constitution .The Catholic Bishops are fighting (or should be)for the religious freedom of their church institutions but HL and BF are fighting for the little guy or the middle class business man’s right to religious freedom.
    All together now: “WE want no king,but King Jesus”

  11. Hobby Lobby is a very important business. It is a great example of how a business can succeed following the Lord’s Commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Chik-fil-a also does this. In this “land without a Sunday” they are truly prophets. May the Lord strengthen them. Psalm 91

  12. Robert Bushlow says:

    It is against the Constitution for the state to force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. The HHS Mandate and the underlying law that supports it must be rescinded!

  13. God bless Hobby Lobby and those who run it and those who work in its stores!

  14. People. Hobby Lobby is not a church or religious entity. I respect his beliefs, but every law has a line. What if we start stripping all laws based on personal religious conviction? We would would have anarchy. Many laws go against the beliefs of many religions. The way we handle that is giving breaks to CHURCHES and legally religious entities. We don’t let people individually claim what laws they believe they want to follow.

    And yes… I am a Christian.

    • Jon, Christians are for Christ, not for the world. Read up on the Catholic Church converted much of the world to Christ, and you’ll see it has been done by preaching, teaching and living the Gospel. The world is never converted by hidden Christians or by Christians who let Caesar have free reign. Blood often was the turning point, never money. What is more valuable to you, blood or money, eternal life or eternal death.

    • Jon, you say that you are a Christian. I’d like to know which Christ you are following. Jesus told us that many would come in His name and warned us not to follow them. He told us that his sheep know him and he knows them.

      Jon, have you ever really considered why we have so many blood martyrs in the Church? (Many of whom were private citizens, not working for the Church) Weren’t most of these people murdered precisely because they refused to follow immoral laws? How many other “material” martyrs have there been or currently are of which we
      know nothing about? Put together these martyrs would rather die or live lives of poverty than offend God. Of course, this means that these martyrs, in not offending God, were and are willing to offend men.

      So Jon, in reading you post, it sounds to me that your view of Christianity would say something like this: “Though shalt never offend your fellow man and God is never offended unless, of course, you offend your fellow man”.

      • Quite simply. There is one God. Hobby Lobby is a for profit entity. If he gets special rights, then every other religion can claim theirs too on an abundance of laws. No law existing offends no one. If Hobby Lobby files to be non-profit, then they can have a case. But you can’t play in the capitalist world and get to cheat.

        • Jon, this is America. Individuals may own businesses. There is no law that says you must give up your !st Amendment rights to make a profit.

        • Catholicism, jon, requires the promotion of Catholicism, not your Enlightenment brand of “fairness”. You can have only one master, either the state or God. Make your choice clear to yourself, jon, because it is clear to others.

      • Tracy, I think that it is very judgemental to question Jon’s Christianity. If he says he is a Christian, we should take him at his word. Few things turn people off more that those who go through the streets yelling that they are more Christian than other people. The Catholic faith teaches that people of good will can make it easily to heavan even if they are not Roman Catholic doesn’t it?

        • OOOOOOHHH, Tracy committed the mortal sin of making a judgment. Bob one you are such a poorly informed catholic and I quote “The Catholic faith teaches that people of good will can make it easily to heavan even if they are not Roman Catholic doesn’t it?” No it does not teach this at all ,,, Their is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church…Tracy,, keep judging who cares what Bob One and pc crowd think, these are the people who think just be being “nice” will open the gates of Heaven…

        • Bob, Do you really believe that? If Jon says that he is a Christian then we should take him at his word? Bob, I listened carefully to Jon’s words, and it didn’t sound like Christianity to me. Nor does yours. If you were a hospital executive and were looking to hire a doctor, would you take the applicant at his word? Or if you were a principle looking to hire a teacher, would you take the applicant at his word. Of course not! You would demand that he show his credentials. Isn’t this what Jesus warmed us to do as well?

          So Jon, do you think or rather do you FEEL that a Christian is anyone who FEELS like one? Do you think or FEEL that this is what Jesus taught? Do you FEEL that Jesus’ statement “The road to hell is wide and easy and MANY take it while the road to Heaven is narrow and difficult and FEW find it”, was mere poetry? Do you think that St. Paul’s statement, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”, was a statement from a paranoid man who was a victim of his times?

    • Jon, we have had freedom of religion in our country since it’s beginning. We did not have anarchy. Nothing bad happened. Really.

      • Freedom of religion does not give blanket exemption from laws. What it means is that you are free to observe any religion you wish rather than a state mandated religion. Why do people think “freedom of religion” means freedom to do what your religion says?

        • Jon, it’s not freedom of worship, it is freedom to do what your religion says; freedom to live according to your religion Where I live, many would like to outlaw idols, but they can’t. It unconstitutional. Muslims can lay down their prayer mats and face Mecca and pray 7 times a day. We have the right not to purchase something that violates our moral code. Jewish people have the right not to eat shellfish even if they live in New Orleans. We have the right not to eat meat on Fridays of Lent. We have the right to walk around with ashes on our head. This is how it has always been.

          • It’s freedom to do all things you want with your religion… but in the proper place. A business doesn’t count anymore then (in your example Muslims) Muslims laying their mats in the middle of the Interstate, clogging traffic to pray to Mecca. Hobby Lobby is free to be a Christian business, live out his own Christian values… but must pay taxes and obey the law like everyone else. There are legal avenues… become non-profit and be a legal Christian entity. What’s absurd is that he wants full rights to make profits and skirt taxes.

          • Jon, tax? Are you talking about how the Supreme Court called Obamacare a tax? The HHS thing is a penalty not a tax. It’s not even a law, its a regulation. As Catholics, we are not obliged to obey an unjust law and a law that requires employers to provide drugs which kill innocent children is unjust.

        • jon, it is Protestantism which equates the laws of the state with the laws of the Church, not Catholicism. For example, St Thomas More lost his head at the orders of the state because he refused to obey its law requiring everyone to worship as King Henry VIII insisted.

        • jon, you need a blanket party, and maybe then you’ll have some respect for other people.

        • Anonymous says:

          I agree with you :-)

  15. Some sound advice Laura – “”Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”.

    • Pretty strong stuff, peter…”But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” That was Jesus speaking, in the event you were in any doubt. It’s often a good idea to read the Bible, peter. That way we are more apt to ‘get it right’ than to voice silly opinions not our own.
      Jesus loves you so much. All he asks us to do is love one another. Is that so difficult? Why don’t you confine your comments to how a government, other than a brutal police state, can force a company to make decisions against its own interests? A reprehensible congress lead by ignorant people like pelosi voted to pass a law they hadn’t even read. Do you think this so-called law should be honored?

    • Abeca Christian says:

      you sound just like the Nazi’s when they did what you just said, no one did anything to stop the killing of Jews….if your family is in the middle of the Holocaust I wonder if you will stay remain silent. Gee such cowardice!

    • peter, better yet is to use your tongue in a holy way, as God created it for.

  16. I have been and will continue to keep Hobby Lobby, its owners and employees in prayer. This attack on people of faith living out their lives in accord with God’s laws must end.

  17. God Bless Mr. Green and Hobby Lobby for standing up for Jesus Christ! I pray other business owned and operated by Christians have the courage to take a stand against the government, a government that is determined to destroy the sanctity of life. Sadly, this is the beginning of the persecution the Church faces and those who want to follow Christ, and unless we alter our culture many of us will face some type of martyrdom for the sake of the Kingdom. God Love You.

  18. Richard Fossey says:

    Dear Mr. Green:

    Good luck to you and the Becket Fund, which is a fine organization. And thanks for an eloquent letter.

    Richard Fossey
    Editor, Catholic Southwest

  19. self-absorbed drivel from a typical businessman.
    p.s.: we ALL have to support things with our taxes we’d prefer not to support.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      No, reggie, self absorbed drivel from a typical secular humanist, you!

      God have mercy on your secular humanist soul,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

    • False, reggie. The federal govt makes its own fiat money, and does not need tax revenue to operate. Federal taxation is used to manipulate the public to the will of the government. Btw, reggie, by your tone you have never bought or sold, and thus are innocent instead of evil, right?

  20. For a Christian, the choices are simple: 1) Go against your conscience (bad choice) , 2) fight against immoral law, 3) close your business and put a bundle of people out of work. #1 kills the soul. #2 may or may not succeed, and # 3 is the only possible fall back position. Until now, people have not had to make that choice, because our rights to practice our faith were protected. This is a fine example of how bad government kills jobs.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      ann r.,

      If you know anything about Cloward/Priven, you know that killing jobs is exactly what their student, Obama, is all about!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

    • Actually, the solution is simple. Change the law. We are a nation that protects religious freedom, but we are also a nation of laws. If we don’t like something, we must change the law. In the current state of affairs, exemptions to the HHH mandate are allowed for religious organizations. Being not-profit doesn’t meet the rules of the law. To receive an exemption to the mandate, the organization must be religious, serve members fo the faith, hire members of the faith, and a bunch of otherl requirements. A college, for example generally does not meet the requiement for exemption because they hire not-catholic professors, teach non-catholic students, etc. If they receive government grants, they really can’t get the exemption. The law applies to many other catholic groups. So, what we need to do is elect people who will change the laws. Remember, the people who want the law as it is today elected people who would vote for that law. The people of the country voted for President Obama to have a second term by an overwhelming majority of the electoral college. Remember, in the U.S. of A, the people don’t elect the President, the states do. We only elect the electors. So, the next time out, elect a different set of electors, or members of Congress. Also, keep in mind that it is Congress that can overturn the mandate, but they won’t because they were elected to support the manadate.

  21. My overall point is that personal religious belief is a s poor basis for a lawsuit. A for profit claimng religious beliefs. Abortion is legal in our legal system whether we like it or not. Therefore being against it not a legal defense… especially when you are a corporation which specifically distances you from your personal self and the company (which is why people incorporate). So basically, when being sued you claim that the company is not you, so they can’t take your personal assets. but If you sue… you and the company are one. Doesn’t work legally except maybe in Iran.

    • jon, your real overall point is the worship of the idol called “freedom”.

    • Jon, it is not just personal religious belief. Obviously then, mothers who kill their babies because they think they are possessed would be able exonerated. “Thou Shalt Not Kill” is the religious belief of most, if not all, religions. The Catholic Church, a religion established to 2000 years has always prohibited contraceptive use. But now I see what your point is. But the natural extension of it results in Catholics/Christians/Jewish people who cannot own businesses because the government will force them to do something they believe is sinful and even damnable. It is an unjust regulation. It is like a Jim Crow law.

  22. Steve Phoenix says:

    All this fallout on Obamacare because of the failure of so many “catholics” (small ‘c’) who should have known better. Justices Roberts and Sotomayor. The US Bishops. Joe Biden. Kathleen Sibelius. The American catholic electorate. The deafening silence of leadership and membership. How can a mandate imposed against an individual’s free will be based on Catholic teaching? Well along are we on our progress, slouching toward Gomorrah. (Oh: and the new argument is that critics of the status quo have a negative view toward the future. How consonant that claim is with those who supported the rising Nazi regime in the 1930′s. Gladly we clap on the iron bands of slavery.)

  23. The governments WAR ON CHRISTIANS.
    and I mean Christians who believe the Bible,
    not the ones who make stuff up and call themselves
    Christians.
    There are not very many of us left. True believers.
    If you call yourself a Christian that is you follow the
    Bible. No matter if you are Presbyterian, Lutheran,\
    Catholic, there is no salad bar in the Bible.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      mg15 yes I agree…I’m grateful for our beautiful true Catholic faith, which is so biblical. It’s a gift to be a Christian and you are correct not everyone is a real Catholic Christian….

      In order to not make make up stuff, we need Christ’s holy scriptures and church to help guide His people….others who make up their own church away from Christ’s church is open to their own self interpretation…

  24. Abeca Christian says:

    Hitler got rid of all around him who opposed him, maybe this is Obama’s way to get rid of those who have a formed conscience…after all that is what socialism does. A friend once told me that Obama would prefer if everyone worked for the government or depended on the government. To me that is unAmerican!

  25. Abeca Christian, in my area many of us are supporting good Christian businesses, of whatever denomination, by buying their products and food. In and Out Burgers and Chick Fil A (Evangelical owned) and the many Catholic businesses are good examples. I try to do most of my business with those who promote traditional family values, even if they are Jewish.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Anne T ? Yes go at it support them all, good family owned businesses that support family values are my cup of tea no matter what faith they are. hmmm I am happy that you support them too…thanks for giving me that info, I am not surprised that you would do that because you always and usually set a tone here that defends these traditional values, which I do too. : )

  26. I did not conceded. I have laid out the legal argument. I do not wish to discuss my faith or insults to it. The conversation is way off topic. Right or wrong morally, court is based on law. And yes. All the “jon” posts are me.

    • Jon, ok. so on this you do not stand with the bishops?

    • Abeca Christian says:

      jon they are your legal argument…the US Constitution states differently.

    • Jon, aren’t you the one who is blindly supporting an illegal law along with the traitors in our government who are doing the same? Do you feel that the US Constitution and what it says is about as worthless as what the Bible and the Church have to say? In other words, do you FEEL that the US Constitution is a “relative” document? Do you feel that the Church is a “relative” institution? What does the word Tyranny mean to you?

  27. Thomas Rawlings says:

    If I were you,just close the doors to all your stores,I have been without work for 4 years,we could go out and have breakfast sometime,you must stand your ground,cash out your business and do volunteer work like me,someday soon my money will run out and then I will loose it all,so.then I can start over and know what I stand for and you could too.Thanks for all you do and Good Luck!

  28. BRAVO , MR GREEN. YOU DO ALL YOU CAN AND GOD WILL DO THE REST. I HAVE NOT VISITED A HOBBY LOBBY STORE YET, BUT I’M GOING TO VERY SOON.

  29. Making the drugs available does not mean Christians will take them. Unless you are discriminating by hiring ONLY Christians some of your employees are of other than Christian or no religious faith and they have the right of access to medical treatment including birth control and day after pills etc. unless you feel it is appropriate to IMPOSE your religious ideology on others. A business owner should not be able to make medical decisions for their employees. PERIOD. As a fact of reference the absolute lowest term doctors consider a cluster of cells to be the beginnings of life is 21 days, not conception.

    As a matter of course I will not frequent any store or company that intentionally blocks full medical access to their female employees. It’s called sexual discrimination.

    • @Mallory – you’re right on. I live in North Carolina. After seeing this CEO sound like he’s got Sean Hannity and Mark Levin on a continuous loop, I won’t be going there anymore. It’s one thing to talk about your beliefs and principles but don’t be sounding like a typical blabber mouth talk radio host. Add Hobby Lobby to my list that includes Wal Mart and Chick Fil A. All three of you – see ya!

  30. Jon, after reflection I think what you are talking about is freedom of conscience which is a Pandora’s box in that it could become freedom for a lack of conscience. Things that were hypothetical 40 years ago are now becoming reality. It won’t be solved easily or quickly. Other generations had to work things out. We will, too. Pope Benedict XVI, when meeting with US bishops who told him about the threats to religious freedom, said “an engaged, articulate and well-formed catholic laity” with the courage and critical skills to educate others in the “Christian vision of man and society” is necessary. He again spoke on how an educated laity is necessary for the New Evanglization. Did this come closer to what you were saying?

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