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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:50 PM

Where's Fox's Coverage Of Catholic Bishops' Religious Liberty Argument Against AZ Immigration Law?

April 27, 2012 2:25 pm ET by Emily Arrowood

This week, the Catholic Church spoke out against the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, citing a conflict with its First Amendment right to religious liberty. While Fox News extensively covered the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' attacks on President Obama's requirement that health insurance cover contraception costs, it has not done the same for the bishops' argument that SB 1070 is a threat to religious liberty.

On March 26, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and religious figures filed an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case of Arizona v. United States in which the bishops stated their opposition to portions of SB 1070. The bishops argued that SB 1070 infringes upon the Church's religious liberty by inhibiting the Church's mission to serve immigrants.

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' news release on the amicus brief:

"The Conference has a strong interest in ensuring that courts adhere to two important goals of federal immigration law--the promotion of family unity and the protection of human dignity," the brief stated. "The provisions of SB 1070 at issue in this case would hinder these critical federal objectives by replacing them with the single goal of reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona at all costs."

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204270010

Here is the amicus brief:

http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/state-of-arizona-v-united-states-of-america.pdf

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:02 PM

1. I am shocked!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:08 PM

2. They're too busy rehabilitating Ryan.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:28 PM

3. Yes it would be nice - but where are the clergy suggesting refusing communion to its supporters?

Media attention goes most to the most extreme actions. Catholic officials who wish their liberal stances to be noticed should be as willing to act as those who wish their right wing stances to be noticed.

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Response to dmallind (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:23 PM

4. Unsurprisingly, no.

Using communion as a political hostage for any reason is wrong. Fortunately, Kerry had the support of the Paulist Center in Boston, his home parish.

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