This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 2, 2012
A Washington-based ethics group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service alleging Catholic bishops, including Green Bay Bishop David Ricken, are violating the IRS ban on certain political activity by nonprofit organizations.
The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, asked the agency to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, saying some bishops are openly advocating against the election of President Barack Obama. It said they expect more overtly political sermons in Catholic churches during the weekend.
The Federal Government vs. The Constitution
US Constitution, First Amendment
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.
We the People:
There are consequences to breaking the law. The parishioners’ tithes and offerings in those dioceses may be diverted to pay fines. Perhaps those brave Catholic Bishops could be jailed. But civil disobedience is honorable whenever government squelches constitutional rights.
People of all faiths and even atheists should despise speech control through federal tax policy, and stand together for liberty. The people can still decide. We can choose not to re-elect officials who support unconstitutional laws.