Why we are all Catholics now

Beck meets the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Vatican. I am a proud member of the Church of … Continued

Beck meets the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Vatican.

I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic. Why? Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings. So if you are a person of faith, you must call yourself a Catholic.

Today, the Catholic Church is defending a historic American freedom. We tend to forget that many of America’s earliest European settlers were religious refugees. Europe was not a kind place to the faithful if the state didn’t approve: Jews in Spain, Puritans in England, Protestants in France and so on. You were cast out, or worse.

Our Founding Fathers remembered this. They knew if you can’t serve God as you choose, you are not free. And so they enshrined that right in the First Amendment of the Constitution: The state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

This is why Americans are offended by the ruling from the White House that would force church-run institutions to pay for birth control and morning-after pills, which are tantamount to abortion. The so-called compromise is no compromise – under government-approved health insurance plans that the church pays for, abortifacients would be covered. Sin by proxy – that’s the compromise.

This isn’t a fight over abortion or birth control. This is about whether the state can force someone to pay to have their religious beliefs violated.

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Many people – including those who use contraception and abortion – respect those whose faith teaches them that God wants them to do or not do certain things. They recognize such faith in themselves. Some people don’t drink alcohol. Some don’t eat pork. Some people wear a hijab. Some work in soup kitchens. Some tithe 10 percent of their income. All because God tells them to.

That is what a conscience is – a belief in a higher power, greater than the state, greater than any man. That makes religious people a danger to the state – and a powerful force for change. Religious people stood against slavery. They stood against injustice. And today, they stand against a culture of death and a culture of hatred. On July 28, in Dallas, I will convene a meeting of the faithful – all faithful – to celebrate life and restore love.

Because when the state comes against the Catholics, or the Jews, or the Muslims, or the Pentecostals, or the Mormons or those of any other faith – exotic or familiar – we must all stand up as one: We are all Catholics now.

This is a broad struggle. I have met many Catholic friends, including high-ranking church leaders last weekend at the Vatican. I told them this struggle is similar to the fight against anti-Semitism. They understand, and they agree. To them, this fight is everything. And there will be no compromise.

Perhaps this is a hard line. But when it comes to the separation of church and state, we need absolutes. The state needs to be free from the church, and the church from the state. The state has no right to say how much religion any American can practice. It’s our right, and it is the first one our Founding Fathers protected.


  • dcn8v

    I worked for a religious institution where my birth control was not covered, but under the same plan Viagra WAS covered.

    If it’s God’s will for me to get pregnant, then surely it’s God’s will that some man will be flaccid?

    You can’t have it both ways, people.

  • toddk82

    Andy you wonder why I don’t subscribe anymore? You give Glenn Beck a column???

  • BAM

    This is just typical GOP misdirection. The government is obligated not to respect any religion’s particular belief, but to allow individuals to pursue religion as they desire. So if a catholic wants birth control, they should be allowed to get it regardless of where they have to purchase health insurance. Does the church only hire catholics? do hospitals only hire catholics or force employees to practice catholicism? No I don’t think so. So they should get choice in their insurance as well. Governments need to get out of the religion business.
    The GOP wants to stuff their religious beliefs down our throats; I for one don’t think they have that right.

  • JustAthoughtt

    While I don’t necessarily agree with the Catholics position on birth control, that doesn’t change the fact that you are talking about 2 completely different issues.

    Birth control has nothing to do with a medical condition such as erectile dysfunction.

    Ones primary job is to stop your body from its natural functions, while the others primary job is to restore your body to be able to perform its natural functions.

  • twilson3

    why is this article in a supposedly mainstream newspaper? In bolgs everyone can have their own opinion. However this seems to be an article. Why Beck?

  • cricket44

    Shame on you , just. What a myopic and misogynist viewpoint.

  • alex89

    This fight backs the religious right into a corner. While a lot of people don’t like abortion and won’t ever have one in their life (unless they are raped or get a really bad pre-natal diagnosis), the vast majority of women, Catholic or not, use contraception. Only the most zealous, extreme, go without contaception, the remaining 95% get scared when Santorum or others rail against contraception. Tomorrow they’ll overturn Roe vs Wade, the day after they’ll start going after contraception, then it’s sexy clothing, alcohol, not going to church, etc…

  • djccq

    When I learned that Gingrich had become a Catholic and that his wedding had been attended by an Archbishop, I almost decided to leave the Church I’ve belonged to for 86 years. I finally reasoned that since there are about a billion of us Catholics on the planet, there might be enough of us to dilute the poison spewed by Gingrich during all of his public life, so I’ve soldiered on.

    Of course, Glenn Beck is only attempting to sound profound, rather than simply talking the same nonsense which is his trademark, and even TWO billion would not suffice to dilute the combined Gingrich – Beck poison. So help me, if Peck is ever baptized a Catholic-for-real, I’m outta here!

  • George97

    I believe Jesus said to pay taxes to Caesar. I’m sure he didn’t agree with everything Caesar did. The church should look into their way of handling their finances, which isn’t exactly biblical either – what’s the proportion going to widows and orphans vs. sound systems and instruments?

    Just pay your taxes and don’t make everything a religious issue. Birth control is better than having teen pregnancies, as not everyone is a Christian, and not every Christian abstains from premarital sex.

  • George97

    I believe Jesus said to pay taxes to Caesar. I’m sure he didn’t agree with everything Caesar did. The church should look into their way of handling their finances, which isn’t exactly biblical either – what’s the proportion going to widows and orphans vs. sound systems and instruments?

    Just pay your taxes and don’t make everything a religious issue. Birth control is better than having teen pregnancies, as not everyone is a Christian, and not every Christian abstains from premarital sex.

  • Manwolf

    Beck is a Catholic now? Didn’t think he could ever top being a disturbed freakish Mormon… but he has succeeded.

  • newsjunkie1

    Glen Beck and the Republicans have this backwards. The non-catholics are being told that they have to follow the dictates of the Catholic Church! When the Catholic church owns the corporations, and the insurance carriers, they are not acting as a religious organiztion, they are a corporation for all intents and purposes, and must follow all the rules as laws as such. By the Catholic chusrch telling all of their patients both Catholic and non-catholic that they must abide by the rules of the catholic church is not only wrong but borders on a violation of the constitution. But why should Beck, the Republican party and the catholic church care, they want their way or no way!

  • ccnl1

    From the Land of Loading More and More and Still More Comments: —->>>

    Only for the newbies:

    Why the Christian Right (i.e. G. Beck et al) no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country “ain’t” going to help a “pro-life” presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the “Immoral Majority” rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The “Immoral Majority” you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million “Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers” of aborted womb-babies” whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million “IM” voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for “pro-life” JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the “Stupid Majority”?)

    The failures of the widely used birth “control” methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and STDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and STDs.

  • mertens266

    So when a religious institute ventures into the realm of employing and serving the general public they reserve the right to dictate terms of compensation, hiring and promotion based on their religous sensibilities? I think not.

  • Soirse

    Nooooo…..but religious institutes have been “in the realm” of employing and serving the general public they have the right to select what “services” they will provide, by themselves, or via their insurance companies, which they themselves pay….just like any other entity does…..

    Mertens, you have failed to understand the problem, and also the depth of the problem…..keep trying….

  • achoti36

    I am totally shocked to the core of my semisecular Jewish self. I am not a Catholic, nor do I want to be. We went through that whole inquisition thing in order to avoide being Catholic. But today I have to say I agree with Glenn Beck. We cannot allow any one, governmental or private, to dictate how or whether we practice our faith. It hasn’t been too long since Orthodox Jews in the United States who wanted to serve their country were allowed to wear kippot in the military. We are arguing about whether observant Muslim women should be allowed to wear the hijab if they want to get a job or a driver’s license. And now we attempting to force Catholic affiliated employers to buy health insurance that covers family planning services, against a long held belief that contraception violates God’s law and Papal requirements for observant Catholics. Reductio ad absurdem, imaging forcing an observant Jew or Muslim to eat a ham sandwich as a condition of voting. Really? Let Catholic institutions buy the kind of health insurance that best suits the needs of their facilities and employees. Exclude contraceptive services from coverage, just as plastic surgery is almost universally excluded from coverage. For those who are financially challenged, a company’s EAP can always make referrals to free or low-cost clinics for these services. People who choose to work for Catholic institutions are usually smart enough to know what is and isn’t covered under their health insurance plans, and on that basis can choose whether or not to work there. It’s like the old story about the crow trying to cross the river on the back of a crocodile — “You knew what I was when you got on my back.”

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