Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2012, 6:00 am

Letter: Election dealt blow to Catholics, religious freedom

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This election dealt a blow to the Catholic Church. I am not Catholic and do not believe as they do, but I believe they have the right (Constitution) to those beliefs.

When I see the government telling religion that it has to do what the government says instead of what it feel God has ordained (provide and sell contraception) I call that a state church. Are we already that far on the socialist path? When I see a government forcing a church to bow down to government rules, it makes me think of Russia (socialism).

When people are arrested for having Bible studies in their homes and are seeking to learn to be better people or want to praise God, I say to myself, "Is this freedom of religion from our Constitution?"

When prayer is no longer allowed in school and we look at the history of our country (not changed school books), we see settlers in the new country first built a church to thank our God for his provisions. Then school was held in it. Our Creator's love was taught there -- not political agenda. Now we lock God out at the door. What gives? (He provided the schools, not the government.)

When Washington or the president tell us what to believe, what we can do, what we can eat, what we can think, where we can go, interferes with our personal health-care choices or tell us what we can say, this is no longer the land of the free. Our freedoms are in danger.

Is this government stripping our freedoms from us? Are radical Muslim countries whispering in the ear of our president (man of appeasement) telling of control of people (speech)? Watch out America, and think.

Marilyn Masengarb,
New Boston