I agree with the March 3 letter regarding the Obamacare mandate on the Catholic Church and its attack on religious freedom and beliefs. I also attended Mass at St. Gregory the Great the weekend in question and listened as the priest read the bishop's letter. I stood with the congregation as we gave the priest a standing ovation. I wondered why it took the Catholic Church so long to respond to this attack.
It is hard to believe that a member of the congregation would be offended by this response. The mandate goes against the church's teachings and beliefs.
As a student and follower of history, I know that history repeats itself -- the good, the bad and the evil. Anyone not understanding how Americans could have their freedoms and liberties taken away should re-read the history books (older books, not the newer revised and changed editions).
A good example would be European history from the 1920s to the end of World War II. This would provide a clear understanding of how individuals and governments can captivate and mesmerize an entire population into the blind following of certain ideologies.
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If you understand history, you will be better equipped to face any challenge that would take away our American freedoms and liberties.