Closed Circuit Communication

Here's a closed circuit communique to religious institutions across Minnesota: if you don't want government telling you how to pray, or when, or to whom, then I would strongly consider not making religion-based arguments about how people should vote this November.

Now, I'm not singling any one church out, but if one were to drive by, say, the Immaculate Heart of Mary church on Excelsior Boulevard in Minnetonka, one might see a VOTE YES lawn sign or two, and this is (again, without singling anyone out) just an example of a really bad precedent.

If this marriage amendment passes with full-throated assistance from churches like IHM, what's to stop a future state government from passing a law dictating that IHM congregants can no longer pray on Sundays?

What's to stop a future state government from dictating that women must be veiled at all times while in public?

This shouldn't be treated as a scare tactic targeting any faith or ethnicity. Quite the contrary. Separation of church and state is more about protecting congregations -- of all religious faiths -- from the state rather than the other way around. However, that agreement comes with a caveat for religious leaders: don't mess with government unless you really, really want government to mess with you.

They are separate. Period. Religious organizations are perfectly free to perform the ceremonies and rites and rituals they so choose, because membership in them is completely voluntary. Government, on the other hand, is in the business of guaranteeing the same rights to all citizens, not just those who love and cherish and hold the way some (not all!) clergy believe they should.

If you care about your own rights, you must stand up for the rights of others -- all others -- to be equally protected under the Constitution of the United States. Vote NO on the Marriage Amendment in November.

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