Diplomacy Not War

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Most of us have followed the saga of the Iran Nuclear Treaty, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with interest and concern. Some members of Congress were determined to stop it. It took a hard fought struggle to get the necessary votes to overcome a veto or a filibuster. This struggle has been and will continue to be a fact of life in our government. It can seem overwhelming and frustrating to ordinary citizens who want to see our government work. Continue reading →

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Accommodating Religious Freedom and Civil Rights

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his/her religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his/her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

– Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations

The last few weeks have provided a civics lesson on balancing civil rights and religious freedom. As with any hot button issue, passion often clouded respectful dialogue and mutual effort at accommodation of divergent positions. For a nation founded on religious tolerance, the struggle seems endless, particularly since all Americans, whether gay or straight, desire “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Continue reading →

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