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Cardinal Dolan: speech on religious freedom

September 12, 2012

Speaking at the Newseum in Washington on September 10, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York made the case that “freedom of religion has been the driving force of almost every enlightened, un-shackling, noble cause in American history.”

“The defense of religious freedom is not some evangelical Christian polemic, or wily strategy of discredited Catholic bishops, but the quintessential American cause, the first line in the defense of and protection of human rights,” he said.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 13, 2012 2:25 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Dolan is indulging in a circular argument. "Religious freedom" never was defined in the American system as "coming from Government" but rather as "coming from God Himself..," and that conclusion was reached foundationally by an amalgmation of genrally militant protestant communions. The strength of this American society comes from the strength of Her churches, not Her politics. If the good Cardinal would seek causes, let him reflect on the state of his Church..., and himself.