Please read the following News Release from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. Apparently, when you have a pope selling-out the faithful Chinese Catholics in catacombs, it's not surprising that one of his top lieutenants, the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, would sell the handful of Faithful Catholics remaining the the Commonwealth (like myself) to the commies on Beacon Hill:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES HOUSE BILL TARGETING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RIGHTS
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized House Bill 767, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL RIGHTS, which is being characterized by its proponents as the "No Religious Excuses for Corporate Discrimination Act."
The legislation would prohibit corporations, and their officers and directors, from refusing to comply with anti-discrimination law based on "purported religious belief or moral conviction." The presumed targets of the measure are those businesses which may decline to service same gender "marriage" ceremonies.
The proposed law, sponsored by State Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham), was favorably reported by the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary on February 7th. It now moves to a floor vote in the House of Representatives.
The Catholic Action League called the bill "a punitive, coercive proposal intended to disenfranchise those business owners who organize themselves as corporations from exercising their constitutional rights."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Sexual orientation and so-called gender identity are, already, protected categories in the Commonwealth's civil rights statute pertaining to public accommodations. Both the Superior Court and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination---a civil enforcement agency---have held, in various decisions, that anti-discrimination law prevails over claims of religious freedom."
"It would seem that this legislation has been crafted in response to a possible, perhaps likely, U. S. Supreme Court decision affirming religious liberty, founded upon the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment, in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Colorado baker's case."
"If the Supreme Court finds that an individual business owner, like baker Jack Phillips, or, as in the Hobby Lobby case, a closely held corporation, cannot be compelled to act against sincerely held moral and religious beliefs, then other corporate actors, in the Bay State, at least, can still be dragooned into servicing same sex ceremonies, and penalized if they refuse."
"Under this proposed law, if a Massachusetts business owner chooses to incorporate, for tax or investment reasons, then he or she would forfeit certain legal protections guaranteeing their rights of conscience. This creates a materiel incentive to abandon Christian convictions and conform to the dominant, post-Christian culture and accept its secular ideology."
"The underlying principle in all of this is that those who believe in what everyone, always and everywhere believed about marriage, from the beginning of recorded history until now, are bigots who ought to be punished. This is one more attempt to criminalize the perennial moral wisdom of Western Civilization."
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Michael Day, serves on the Elementary School Advisory Board of Saint Mary's Parish in Winchester.