The good news out of South Carolina is a victory for the free exercise of our Constitutionally-protected unalienable right of peaceful assembly, free speech and freedom of religion. Pro-Lifers there just won a $51,000 settlement in a First Amendment case against the City of Florence, as well as injunctive relief against an local parade permit, declared unconstitutional.
First Amendment Victory in South Carolina
The court said the permit requirement is unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and the city is permanently enjoined from enforcing it. This ruling opens free access to public streets, sidewalks and ways in the town of Florence.
The defendants were the City of Florence and the Chief of Police. The ruling grants $16,000 in compensatory damages, and attorney fees of $35,000.
The settlement bodes well for the Pro-Life Action League, denied our First Amendment rights to conduct a Face the Truth tour in Mundelein, IL on July 8. We return to Mundelein on Wednesday, September 6, to hold a legal, constitutionally protected appearance on the public streets and sidewalks of Mundelein, Illinois, which is part of the United States and under the Constitution—we think. Join us.
Catholics Persecuted for Speaking the Truth
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, warned Catholics in a recent issue of Famiglia Christiana, an Italian news magazine, that the Church could be brought to an international court if it doesn’t refrain from teaching age-old beliefs about the evil of same-sex marriage, homosexual acts, embryonic stem sell research and abortion.
In fact, it is being brought into court. Cardinal Trujillo pointed out that Canadian Bishop Fred Henry was arrested for speaking against same-sex marriage. Judicial structures now in place are designed to prosecute by making them “hate crimes,” People of faith—and especially Catholics—are at risk.
In Europe, the EU has declared abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage “fundamental human rights,” and the EU is attempting to put limits on doctors’ rights to conscientious objection, forcing them to perform abortions.
Even countries that consider homosexual marriage illegal must now accommodate them as if their “marriages” were real. In formerly Catholic Belgium, Parliament is attempting to criminalize all efforts to proselytize. Back in the U.S. of A., straight couples are being ridiculed as “breeders” by homosexuals, and Catholics who oppose gay marriage complain of being harassed.
Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute says we have to overcome fear by boldly proclaiming our faith in the public square and Europeans need to begin proclaiming loudly the Lordship of Jesus Christ instead of hiding in fear and trembling.