Bishops prepare the faithful to resist the law, and suffer penalties

The USCCB has published a new bulletin insert for June, which is pretty bold. 

The text refers to the civil rights movement, and the Christian witness of Dr Martin Luther King.

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Americans shone the light of the Gospel on a dark history of slavery, segregation, and racial bigotry. The civil rights movement was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences. 

If the HHS mandate is not repealed, we may be called to resist, and suffer the penalties.  

Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties. 

Are you ready to go to jail?  Are you ready to go bankrupt over fines imposed by the IRS (that’s who will be enforcing the mandate)?  What are you willing to give up?

The stakes for our nation could not be higher.  George Orwell saw this one coming, I am afraid.  

What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it. 

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