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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

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4 responses to “Rep. Lima Defends Her Religion Over Equal Rights”

  1. Barry

    I wonder what Rep Lima (and other legislators who feel as she does) would say if asked why the Catholic Church is not sensitive to other religions or secular folks?   Catholic leaders of course should be, and are, free to marry or practice sex as their teachings indicate, and they have every right to urge others to do the same, but it seems very “insensitive” to me for them to seek to use the power of government to force their anti-gay, anti-reproductive freedom views on all of us, views that are not shared by many other faiths.  

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  2. Portsmouth Citizen

    I hate to say this, but it is people like Rep Lima who are responsible for making me feeling like I can never vote for any Roman Catholic candidate for office. Don’t get me wrong… I can and I do vote for Catholics all the time. But the Rep Lima’s of the world give me serious cause for suspicion that my freedoms and liberties as a non-Catholic are not safe with them. 

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  3. simon846

    How can the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion be protected when an elected official confuses “sensitivity” to another point of view with upholding the rule of law?

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  4. Perfectly Human

    Very odd argument. Did they make arguments like this about religious institutions being forced to house interracial couples back in the day?

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