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10/17/2011

MN's discriminatory amendment: Most unapologetic Catholic/state marriage to ever grace U.S. politics?

by Jeremy Hooper

Way back on May 19, 2010, I told you that if you are watching the state of Minnesota for clues about the push to ban civil marriage equality in the state, then to focus on the man who groups like NOM were/are clearly rallying for the cause: Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Fast forward a year-and-a-half:

Screen Shot 2011-10-17 At 10.55.22 AmMinnesota's Roman Catholic bishops are taking the unusual step of urging parish priests across the state to form committees to help get the proposed marriage amendment passed by voters in 2012.

"It is imperative that we marshal our resources to educate the faithful about the church's teachings on these matters, and to vigorously organize and support a grass-roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of this amendment," Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt wrote in a letter to his priests dated Oct. 4.

The letter asks parish priests to "appoint a captain or co-chairs to lead a special parish ad hoc committee to spearhead this effort."
Bishops begin fight for marriage vote [Star Tribune]

Nienstedt's letter is a direct call for Catholic voters to build a "grass roots effort" in support of the discriminatory amendment, complete with a plug for groups like and the Minnesota Family Council. The whole thing is a naked call to pit one particular faith against an entire state's shared civil policy, in a bout of overreaching that should deeply concern anyone who values the certain, concrete walls that, when respected, make for a fair and peaceful America.

As of now, Nienstedy and Co. do not seem to be seeking forcible confession, communion, or Friday fish feasts. But there's still over a year to go -- no telling what "Hail Mary" passes might be in the cards!

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