Religious persecution ahead?

Re: “The price of belief” (Spectator, June 22).

The Church may be fighting a long, valiant battle against same-sex marriage, but the bigger war is against indifference. Who among us is prepared to take on a society that has developed a system that can accuse an individual or an organization and in less than two weeks remove them from their vocation, sentence them and dictate punishment?

Every indication suggests same-sex marriage will eventually prevail; it has become too costly to resist, but what comes next? Will OSV be allowed to print the real truth of Catholic belief or will it have to surrender to political correctness to save itself from public opinion, financial ruin or termination? It is said that there are 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, but in reality how many are willing to face the lions of hell for Christ’s sake?

These are unpleasant and unnerving thoughts to ponder, but only one rests upon my soul: When the time comes to stand before our Lord, will we hang our heads and say, “But Lord, they were persecuting us and they were going to take away all our stuff,” or will we remain faithful to the truth: Jesus Christ?

Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio

A small price

Re: “The price of belief” (Spectator, June 22).

As a tavern owner, I can’t be fined for voicing my opinion. Even a bartender can express Christian beliefs, and if a person doesn’t like it, they can drink elsewhere. To lose a few dollars over a Christian belief is a small price to pay when defending our faith.

Craig Galik, Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Astounding women

Re: “Abuse survivor Collins ready to help lead reform” (News Analysis, June 15) and “Incredible strength at only 58 pounds” (Faith, June 15).

I used two of the articles to present to the residents at our local nursing home. They were most appreciative of hearing about Marie Collins and Lizzie Velasquez. Their empathy is astounding considering each one of them knows suffering.

Eva D. Madison, Oxford, New Jersey

Islam inaccuracies

Re: “Death sentence of Christian in Sudan shines light on religious persecution” (News Analysis, June 22).

The article quotes a Muslim who stated “the Koran says there’s no compulsion in religion.” However, for centuries, authoritative Muslim scholars have agreed that this verse (2:256) was superseded by verses “revealed” later that commanded Muslims to fight non-Muslims until they converted to Islam or paid protection money (e.g., 9:5).

The Sudanese court’s “draconian action” might have violated Sudan’s 2005 constitution, but it did not violate the Koran or the teachings of Muhammad.

Stephen M. Kirby, via email

Morality clauses

Re: “Officials defend teacher morality clauses” (News Analysis, June 15).

Perhaps we are now seeing the fruits of “Cafeteria Catholicism,” where some Church employees now object to morality clauses in employment contracts, alleging that this violates their civil rights.

It is not at all unusual for employers to require employees to subscribe to a code of conduct. Before I was admitted to the practice of law, I was required to take the Lawyer’s Oath. Before ordination to the diaconate, I was required to write out in my own hand the Profession of Faith.

(Children) have the right to be taught by teachers who strive to be faithful to the Faith in what they say and do.

Deacon Marv Robertson, via email

I have no children, but if I did, and I paid to have them attend a Catholic school, I would expect the teachers to follow the teachings of the Church, whether these teachers were Catholic or not. Then perhaps both the students and their parents will become more aware of — and practice — the teachings of the Church.

Jeannine Aucoin, Henniker, New Hampshire
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