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Just in time for Lent, RI Catholic leaders give up all pretense of church/state separation

by Jeremy Hooper

Ah, Spring. A time when dormant flowers come back in bloom. When garments begin their yearly migration from wool to linen. When both Cadbury eggs and Girl Scout cookies threaten America's waist lines. A time to stop and smell the [:achoo:]

Though for others, like the Rhode Island Catholic Conference, spring 2011 is a time to use personal faith as a weapon against certain tax-paying citizens' civil rights. In fact, they'll be doing this tonight in the town of Woonsocket:

WMM-RI-CatholicsDiocese Launches ‘Why Marriage Matters’ Tour
Effort presents a unique opportunity to learn the truth about marriage and the impact of same-sex marriage on families and businesses

PROVIDENCE—The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced a statewide effort to educate the faithful and others on the importance of Marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

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Parish Bulletin Inserts:

April 7 – St. Jude, Lincoln
April 11 – Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Woonsocket
April 13 – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – Bristol
April 26 – St. Pius – Providence
April 28 – St. Peter, Warwick
May 2 – St. Bernard – North Kingstown
May 4 – Holy Apostles – Cranston
May 17 - Saints John and Paul – Coventry

"Why Marriage Matters Tour" [Rhode Island Catholic Conference]

Guess we should be flattered, really. Because a whole tour to tell people why, exactly, our marriages don't matter? Why it's just more proof that people must be coached into seeing us as a threat, since the instinct is to see us as the benign lovers that we truly are.

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