Neither side is willing to compromise. Spokesmen on both sides of the aisle sound like kindergarteners with deep voices and a great vocabulary. But clearly things have gone too far when religious freedom is threatened in order to make a point. Don't believe me? Read this article.
In essence, it says that the U.S. military has forbidden Catholic priests from saying Mass or celebrating any of the sacraments. One Catholic chaplain who offered to do so without pay was barred from doing so. He was denied access to his office and even forbidden to go on base. And to top it off, "The source told me the chaplain was told that if he violated those orders he and his supervisor would be subjected to disciplinary action – with the possibility of being fired."
This is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Maybe our government "leaders" and the military hierarchy need to be reminded of the ideals on which our country was founded.
And maybe some of us who have become complacent need to reflect on this quote from Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.