So, you want religious exemptions from supporting same-sex marriage and abortion? Well, two foundations are spending millions to put an end to your un-American activity.
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In a recent speech, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “compared to almost anywhere else in the world, our religious freedom situation is good.” However, he said, “the situation is “changing,” and, what’s more, the pace of that change will “quicken.”
The reason it will quicken is that, as Archbishop Chaput said, people “use words like justice, rights, freedom and dignity without any commonly shared meaning to their content.” As a result, “our most important debates boil out to who can deploy the best words in the best way to get power.”
That pursuit of power and its implications for religious liberty led BreakPoint favorite Rod Dreher to link Chaput’s warning with what he called a “deeply troubling report” from the Catholic News Service.
According to the story, two private foundations—The Ford Foundation and the ARCUS Foundation—have “poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are ‘un-American’ and an abuse of liberty.”
Between them, the two foundations have spent $3 million in furtherance of what John Lomperis of the Institute for Religion and Democracy called a “totalitarian vision” of religious freedom.
For instance, ARCUS gave the ACLU two grants totaling $700,000 in 2014. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. The problem lies in the purpose of these grants. The first, as I mentioned, was to develop “communications strategies to convince conservative Americans that religious exemptions are ‘un-American.’” . . . .