Thursday, May 20, 2010


I belong to the Knights of Columbus but I'm not active. Based on some of my experiences and general impressions this story doesn't surprise me.

This story brings up the larger question of tax exemption for religious organizations. I know this is a first amendment issue; taxation is the power to control and destroy, both of which are prohibited government in relation to religious activity. Churches and religious organizations need to refuse government interference through the tax codes and do what's right. If they have Constitutional protection then they have nothing to worry about. And if the Constitution won't protect them then they need to rely on God.

Boy, there's a radical thought.

In the thirty-seven years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Board of Directors has never, to public knowledge, removed a single pro-abortion political figure from the Knights of Columbus. In "Massachusetts, a majority of Knights serving in the Legislature voted in 2007 against a constitutional amendment restoring traditional marriage, and voted in 2005 for a law which compels Catholic hospitals to distribute the so-called morning after pill to rape victims.

The Catholic Action League called Marrella's letter "a shocking abdication of responsibility, and a shameful surrender to the culture of death."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle stated: "This letter effectively kills any grassroots initiative within the Knights to address the scandal of pro-abortion pols in the Order. It is now clear that the Knights of Columbus, for the foreseeable future, will continue to harbor in its ranks public officials who oppose Catholic morality, and who believe that the killing of 1.3 million pre-born children each year ought to remain legal in the United States."

"Apparently, for the national leadership of the Knights of Columbus, the protection of its insurance business, tax exempt status, and its ratings from Standard and Poors is more important than defending the right to life. Despite its pretensions to the contrary, the Knights of Columbus has now made its peace with legal abortion in America."
Catholic Action League

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1 comment:

  1. This is all about tax exempt status and insurance money.

    I am FURIOUS!