With few exceptions, since at least the early 60's, Catholics have helped determine the winner of the presidential elections in the United States.
In fact, with over 68 million people who identify themselves as Catholic living in the U.S., or about 25% of the electorate, and that many of the battle ground states; Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, have large Catholic populations, and others Florida, Nevada and Colorado with large Hispanic populous, which are mostly Catholic; it’s no wonder why both President Obama and Governor Romney are trying hard to woo the Catholic vote.
Although getting little play in the mainstream media, but lots of attention in parishes, diocese, archdiocese and Catholic social media across the country, is the issue of religious freedom.
The issue stems from an Obama administration mandate forcing all employers, including Catholic entities such as hospitals, universities, charities and private business owners, to provide free contraceptives, morning-after abortion pills and sterilization, as part of the new Obama health care law, even if it violates the tenets of their faith and their conscience rights, or face heavy fines and penalties.
It actually got more headlines more because of a controversy over artificial birth control, between 31-year-old Georgetown law school student and women’s rights activist, Sandra Fluke, who went before Congress asking for the right to free contraceptives as part of her Catholic university’s health care plan, and comments made by Rush Limbaugh about her, then about the Constitutional impact of the Health and Human Services (HHS) rule.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops vehemently denounced the measure and already over thirty different lawsuits have been filed by Catholic, non-Catholic and Jewish groups, who see this as a direct assault on religious freedom, against the federal government.
Several months ago, a rapping Catholic priest from Southern Indiana, Fr. Claude “Dusty” Burns, who goes by the name of Fr. Pontifex on YouTube, posted this poetic and well produced video titled, "We Hold These Truths," after the opening words in the Declaration of Independence, highlighting an issue that should be of grave importance to Catholic voters and other religious faithful…
Now, only time will tell whether religious liberty plays a role in how Catholics and other people of faith vote next week...