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Senate vote to set aside Conscience Act . . .

National Catholic News

March 1, 2012

 . . . marks chance to build bipartisan support, seek Judicial remedies for Religious Freedom

(U.S. Capitol and Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C.)


WASHINGTON - The Senate's 51-48 vote March 1 to table the bipartisan Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467), sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and 37 other senators, impels the Church to strengthen its resolve to support religious freedom.

"The need to defend citizens' rights of conscience is the most critical issue before our country right now," said Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Bishop Lori chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  "We will continue our strong defense of conscience rights through all available legal means.  Religious freedom is at the heart of democracy and rooted in the dignity of every human person.  We will not rest until the protection of conscience rights is restored and the First Amendment is returned to its place of respect in the Bill of Rights."


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