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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on January 20, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Religious and Spiritual Freedom

In the wake of yesterday's ad limina address by Pope Benedict warning of the decline of religious freedom in the United States, Phil Lawler pulls out all the stops.

First Phil discusses the importance of the address, and the chilling data on which it is based, in The Pope's alarming message on religious freedom. Next he highlights the welcome collaboration between the Pope and the U.S. Bishops in getting the word out: Pope & US bishops team up to put religious freedom on the political agenda.

Phil also noticed that the Republican presidential candidates have not yet seized the opportunity to challenge the Obama Administration on religious freedom. That's a shame, especially since Obama's attack on this freedom is ongoing. See Phil's third commentary: Obama team gives religious freedom a combination punch.

I've written repeatedly that both Europe and North America are drifting into a totalitarianism driven by secularist ideology. But it is important to recall the distinction between what we refer to as religious freedom and our own spiritual freedom. ...

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