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October 30, 2012

Letter: An attack on the Catholic Church

To the editor:

President George Washington when leaving office warned our brand-new nation: “Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness ...”

Today with this election, we are in peril of losing our religious liberty and freedom of conscience rights, which are indispensable to our form of government.

Proof that Obama means to subvert the First Amendment to the Constitution is his unconscionable attack on the Catholic Church.

Under his Obamacare, Health and Human Services has dictated that the entire Catholic’s social services network — hospitals, schools, pregnancy centers, etc. — must pay for abortion-related “health services” in its employees’ insurance coverage or be heavily fined.

We are told we must compromise our belief that “life begins at conception and ends with natural death,” abandon our conscience rights or shut down our doors.

Our bishops have spoken up in protest but have been lied to and ignored.

Will Obamacare have any more compassion for the sick and the elderly than it has for the unborn?

Massachusetts will settle that problem for Obama if it votes to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Now it is clear why the name “God” was first eliminated from the Democratic national platforms. The state would decide what is morally right.

How far we have come in 200-plus years from a new government that was formed to protect life and religious freedom to a culture of death!

A. Marie Walsh

Beverly

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