Magazine article Commonweal

First Freedom

Magazine article Commonweal

First Freedom

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From the dotCommonweal post "Religious Liberty Under Attack: Germany, Egypt, Missouri," by Michael Peppard:

The U.S. bishops' Our First, Most Cherished Liberty offers a list of besieged liberties currently "under attack, both at home and abroad." The document emphasizes two endangered species of liberty in the United States: the mandate that requires insurance plans to offer contraception coverage; and state immigration laws, such as Arizona's and Alabama's, that outlaw charity and pastoral care toward people without proper documentation. Federal Judge Susan Bolton, though upholding the "show your papers" part of the laws, struck down the part of these laws that makes "harboring" or "transporting" undocumented immigrants illegal. This summer brought into focus other threats to religious liberty. The shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin was obviously a horrific example of an attack on religion, but other events may have slipped under the radar.

Alter a court ruling that banned circumcision in Germany in June, and then a public beating of a rabbi, the liberty of Jews there is threatened. In response to those events, Jewish leader Charlotte Knobloch wrote an incisive editorial in the Suddeutsche Zeitung: "Wollt ihr uns Juden noch?" Der Spiegel published a summary of the editorial in English:

  For six decades I have had to justify myself because I stayed in
  Germany--as a remnant of a destroyed world, as a sheep among
  Wolves. … 
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