Battling for Liberty in Connecticut

They want to destroy the Church because that is the strongest bulwark of civilization – and the bulwark is fighting back:

In the United States District Court Friday, attorneys representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport filed a lawsuit against officials of the State of Connecticut Office of State Ethics (OSE), seeking a court order to stop them from an unconstitutional application of state lobbying laws.

These officials are requiring the Diocese – and presumably all other organizations – to register as a lobbyist in order to engage in activities such as a rally at the State Capitol or using its website to encourage its members to contact their elected representatives. Application of the law in this manner would subject the First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom of Assembly to government oversight and penalties.

Bishop William E. Lori stated today, “Following the surprise introduction of Bill 1098, a proposal that singled out Catholic parishes and would have forced them to reorganize contrary to Church law and the First Amendment, our Diocese responded in the most natural, spontaneous, and frankly, American, of ways: we alerted our membership – in person and through our website; we encouraged them to exercise their free speech by contacting their elected representatives; and, we organized a rally at the State Capitol. How can this possibly be called lobbying?”

They are trying to make it very 1984-ish…in that it won’t be actually illegal to petition the government for redress of grievances, but there will be so many hoops to jump through that it is inevitable that if you do attempt to petition, you’ll be in violation of the law. Naturally, this will only apply to those groups who tend to be in favor of freedom…if you are petitioning the government to tighten the screws on, say, the Church, then no scrutiny will be applied. Fascism is coming to America in little drips…just a bit more, just a bit more, just a bit more…and before you know it, you’ve lost parental authority, property rights, freedom of speech…and free exercise of religion.

All of this – plus the increasing corrupt in government and the continuing collapse of the economy – are setting up a revolutionary sentiment in the population. In Britain it looks like more than half the members of Parlaiment will not be returned after the next election; in the United States, once safe liberals like Dodd are increasingly under threat. All across the western world, the people are growing restive about the way things have gone – the way, that is, our powerful elites have screwed things up and propose to cure the disease by giving us more of the same. These attempts to silence critics are just part of the desperate, rear-guard action of the powerful…trying to shut us down and shut us out, lest we turn them all out into the streets and take back our government.

The current is set, however – it can’t be turned back; it might be delayed for a while, but the river of liberty is about to drown liberal fascism in a flood of revolution.