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The NCBC Joins The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Welcoming an Initial Step in Protecting Religious Freedom
May 4, 2017
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The NCBC Joins the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Welcoming an Initial Step in Protecting Religious Freedom
The NCBC, over the last decade through numerous legal mechanisms, has advocated for public policy consistent with the provisions of our federal Constitution. However, increasingly the very government charged with protecting rights guaranteed by our Constitution has been promulgating public policy that violates these rights to religious freedom. Examples of these threats have been articulated by the President of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, in his statement in response to President Donald Trump's Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty:
For example, in areas as diverse as adoption, education, healthcare, and other social services, widely held moral and religious beliefs, especially regarding the protection of human life as well as preserving marriage and family, have been maligned in recent years as bigotry or hostility — and penalized accordingly. But disagreement on moral and religious issues is not discrimination; instead, it is the inevitable and desirable fruit of a free, civil society marked by genuine religious diversity.
We welcome President Donald Trump's executive order and, with the USCCB, will continue to advocate for more substantive and permanent relief from Congress on issues of critical importance to people of faith.
Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty