June 10, 2012 3:10 PM
Fortnight for Freedom: Patrick Henry College 6/30 eventThe USCCB (US Council of Catholic Bishops) has declared a vigil June 21- July 4, called Fortnight for Freedom.
But this isn't just a Catholic thing - see Catholics, Evangelicals May Coordinate on Religious Freedom Event This Summer, Baptist leader endorses Catholic campaign - as evangelicals realize Obama is not just attacking the Catholic Church, but attacking religious freedom.
The U.S. Catholic Church will hold an event this summer called "Fortnight for Freedom" to bring attention to religious freedom issues. The Christian Post has learned that discussions are underway to include evangelical organizations with these events. Evangelical organizations have expressed solidarity with Catholic leaders who oppose the Obama administration's birth control mandate, which, they argue, is a religious freedom issue.A local group has formed which is hosting an educational event Saturday June 30 at Patrick Henry College. Save the date and bookmark their blog Fortnight for Freedom:
Why Americans Must Defend the First AmenmentSaturday, June 30, 20121 p.m. - 5 p.m.Nash Auditorium, Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VirginiaSpeakersClassical Foundations of Western ChristendomMr. Criton Zoakos, Leto Research
The Cultural Continuity of the West: Aristotle at Mont Saint-Michel
Ms. Vivian Freyre, Leto Research
The Post-Secular Solution to the Crisis of Our Culture
Legal Fronts in the Fight for the First AmendmentJames Cottone, Esq. Knights of Columbus Council 1136A virtuous citizenry committed to transcendent moral truths is the bedrock of American democracy. In his famous examination of early American culture, Alexis de Tocqueville made note of the influential role of religion. He wrote, "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and genius of America. America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."Freedom of religion--including a robust presence of religiously informed moral truths in public life--is an indispensable foundation for freedom. If we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile. If our obligations and duties to God are impeded, or even worse, forbidden by the state, then we can no longer claim to be the land of the free, for we will not be free. Democracy is not a machine that can run by itself. It must be built on a firm cultural foundation rooted in the virtues of the people. When those virtues and the moral truths that shape them are banished from the public square, the foundations of the house of freedom are weakened.The remedy is for the people to educate themselves and work together to demand that the state respect their exercise of freedom of religion. Please join us in doing just that.Free and open to the public.