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Of the Catholic church and other denominations are officially against the contraception mandate of -- -- -- Obama's health care plan because that violates.
The right to practice their religion factor even suing the government over but will their congregations.
Take that to heart and vote for Romney and should we would just leaders even bring politics to the -- Joining me now is up Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris an executive vice president of the New York board of rabbis rabbi Joseph -- -- Father Morris.
-- this lawsuits underway so we're not gonna hear what that is the Catholic Church vs Obama care until well after the election.
That's it there -- dozens of lawsuits actually against the federal government and not only by Catholic organization certainly some major Catholic organizations.
Like Notre Dame university like the archdiocese of new York and many others.
But also evangelical.
And non Christian organizations heads have stepped in and -- you know what what they're doing here.
Violates a a study eighty -- -- Tradition within United States of America and that is the government -- tax.
Religious organizations but then does not get involved in their internal affairs and -- this a clear violation.
All right but but let me ask you rabbi this brings up the question about do you get involved if if you don't want the government in your religion.
Did you get your religion involved in government in other words should politics should be in the -- I think that we've seen a very unhealthy development where people -- become a too partisan in the pulpit I think is the place of religion to help.
Define issues let people then decide which can they which party.
Brings them closer.
To the realization.
-- of those priorities but we certainly should not be in the business of endorsing -- makes.
I don't think we should be distributing campaign literature -- our house of worship that's one of the provisions of a 501 C.
-- three -- not for profit but beyond that people come to a house of worship people come to clergy.
For a host of reasons but I don't think they come to us for -- political wisdom.
-- they wanted to what is religion have to say about the world about issues of the day.
And then they can decide on their -- whose best suited to fulfilled that list undermine.
I jump in Brooklyn and I and I absolutely agree with you ran -- That we should not endorsing candidates and I don't like the idea and I certainly were never allowed my church for people to be passing out campaign literature.
That said we certainly do want are religious leaders in my opinion to be standing against moral evils if in my neighborhood in -- stayed in my country.
We're in a situation in which slavery still existed and was being promoted by some candidate.
We would wonder religious leaders a state that has drawn.
That is not right.
In this case and this this health care mandate.
We have certainly not the same situation but it's definitely a situation in which the government.
Has chosen to say we -- going to oblige you to go get your conscience we do not want that and we will stand up.
And rabbi that's that's the interesting argument here is that I appreciate your point very much but.
-- that question about freedom to practice your religion that's true.
-- that's that's where I would agree with a father I think there is a clear line here we don't endorse candidates -- -- There is a provision for example in the Jewish faith where the religion.
The law of the land is long which we support.
That law asks you were record -- you to violate the tenets of your faith that brings us into a different area.
So I understand the non endorsement I'm in favor of non endorsement I'm also -- religious leaders who stand up and speak very very clearly.
And loudly win win the government.
Is violating something which --