Monday, March 9, 2009

Connecticut Senator Rebukes Anti-Catholic Bill

Connecticut Senator Michael McLachlan, representing Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman, criticizes the state Judiciary Committee on his blog, excerpt:
First we have an over-reaching attempt to codify the Connecticut Supreme Court's Kerrigan decision legalizing gay marriage - Senate Bill 899 - and now we have a bizarre attack of First Amendment rights against the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut - Senate Bill 1098.

I'm going to focus on Senate Bill 1098 -- "An Act Modifying Corporate Laws Relating to Certain Religious Institutions." The stated purpose of this bill is "to revise the corporate governance provisions applicable to the Roman Catholic Church and provide for the investigation of the misappropriation of funds by religious corporations." The real purpose of this bill is payback to the bishops and pastors of the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut for opposing gay marriage.

Unfortunately, I think some well-intentioned, unhappy Catholics from Darien are being used as pawns by Senator McDonald and Representative Lawlor in a thinly-veiled attack on the Church.
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. . .Connecticut Catholics are outraged by the proposal and are likely to fill the halls of the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, March 11th for the Judiciary Committee's public hearing on the bill.

I suspect this public hearing will be more like a zoo with the tone of an inquisition. Chances are the topics for discussion on Wednesday will go far beyond the bill proposed. I fear that we'll be hearing all kinds of attacks on the bishops, pastors and priests of the Catholic Church.

I pray fervently that we can dispense with this brutal attack on the Roman Catholic Church very quickly.
Catholics don't deserve this attack and the proponents of this bill will hopefully hear this message loud and clear.

The whole post is available here. He also suggests Catholics contact the Judiciary Committee.

Also, Kevin “Seamus” Hasson, President of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty weighs in on Raised Bill 1098:
"This bill is doubly unconstitutional. It would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment even if it applied to all churches. but the fact that it applies to only one church - the Catholic Church - makes it unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment besides. This is truly a monstrosity."