As Catholics we have serious concerns about the government mandating laws on us or the Church which violate our morals such as contraception or abortion because these violate our first amendment right. As this issue heats up, I wonder what we should really advocate for. Consider:
Other religions believe things we are against such as divorce, polygamy.
Some traditions believe animals are sacred. Should government change regulations on the meat industry to respect their views?
Should prayer be allowed in schools? What about crosses or religious art on public land?
Should our Church be active in the political arena to advocate our religious views on issues such as gay rights, abortion, immigration, capital punishment? If so, should they stick to doctrine or can they express views that go beyond doctrine?
If government truly backed off all religious matters? Wouldn’t the phrase “it’s against my religion” be highly abused.
Does true religious freedom open the door for cults to form with all sorts of whaky views? Effectively a religious institution of any size could create its own society of laws which replace federal laws for its own members.
Can we realistically expect to achieve a system where church and state are truly separate? Would we really want to?
Your thoughts most welcome