No “Social Justice” Without Religious Freedom

CatholicVote.org makes the case for Romney-Ryan. 

  1. PJS

    The  video did not embed properly, but if you click on George’s link you’ll get it.

  2. George Savage
    C

    PJS, thanks for alerting me to the problem.  The link is now fixed.

  3. Crow

    I’m supportive of the central message of the film, though I object–for reasons we’ve discussed–to the term social justice. I do hope that religious folks of all stripes stand up for their 1st amendment rights and stand against the HHS mandate, and therefore Obama, this cycle.

    An additional minor quibble: admittedly, it’s one of taste.  The Hans Zimmer/Jerry Bruckheimer over-the-top ill-fated-Tim Pawlenty-presidential campaign-esque tone in this particular ad is a bit heavy handed.

  4. Western Chauvinist

    Thank God the Church is standing up. Another Illinois bishop is addressing complicity with evil by voting for pro-choice candidates through a letter read from the pulpit this weekend. I’m not saying it will swing the election, especially not in Illinois. But, things like this video and the actions of such bishops are very heartening.

    BTW, I’ve been driving around with that “Stand up for Religious Freedom” sign in my car window for a couple weeks now! The only reactions I’ve noticed have been positive. ;-) 

  5. George Savage
    C
    Crow’s Nest: I’m supportive of the central message of the film, though I object–for reasons we’ve discussed–to the term social justice. · 50 minutes ago

    CN, I agree with your distaste for the term.  “Social justice” has always struck me as little more than a handy-bendy euphemism for the statist cause-of-the-month.  However, given the term’s frequent use by politically liberal Catholics of the “seamless garment” school, I think CatholicVote.org is performing a public service by drawing attention to the fact that there can be no authentic moral teaching without religious freedom, the latter being a prerequisite for the former.

    If liberal Catholics can understand this and vote accordingly next week, we will have made some real progress.

  6. Crow
    George Savage: If liberal Catholics can understand this and vote accordingly next week, we will have made some real progress. · 2 minutes ago

    Edited 1 minute ago

    George: For the purposes of day-in-day-out practical conversations, I’m completely with you here. I’ve been in many a conversation where I don’t bother to stop the flow of it to correct, nevermind point out, the terminological misuse and instead merely argue on the premises of justice with the interlocutor in the effort to persuade them to side with us.

    Or, in short: I’m happy to enlist the term in our cause under such circumstances in the short term, without ever losing sight of the proper objections to it in the long term, and therefore without ever losing sight of the fact that one ought to try to persuade one’s more liberally minded co-religionists to move in that direction ultimately.

  7. Mama Toad

    Here at Toad Hall, this video got a great reception. My young people especially liked it. I have been sick and am feeling quite emotional, so it brought me to tears, but these days a good children’s book can cause me to weep, so that isn’t much, but my two oldest sons were cheering by the end of the video, literally whooping and hollering and high-fiving around the room, so at least some of the target demographic loves this video…

  8. Mama Toad

    And thanks, George, for posting it here. I get all my info and news alerts from Ricochet these days…

  9. Indaba

    I am not Catholic. The ad makes the case about how much the Catholic Church looks after its community, through all stages and states of life.  

    I liked the grand music – it will reach non Catholics more than more church like music. Very good. 

    I am impressed with the participation in the campaign.

  10. Sleepless in Wisconsin
    “Freedom does not mean that right to do whatever we please, but rather to do as we ought.  The right to do whatever we please reduces freedom to a physical power and forgets that freedom is a moral power. “

    -Fulton J. Sheen

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