John Ransom
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As the Obama administration signals its willingness to make others pay for the birth- control-and-abortion rope that liberals are fashioning to hang the Catholic Church, another embattled Catholic group is fending off a different attack on freedom of religion.  This one too is just another secular assault in the name of the liberal goal ensuring for all of us freedom from religion.

And like the dead man that keeps washing back up on the beach, this one keeps washing back up on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the City That No Longer Works, Obama’s Chicago.  

“Nuns in western suburban Stone Park are working to keep a strip club from opening next to their convent,” reports CBS Chicago. “As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, or the Scalabrians, said they first heard rumors, then found out the building being erected behind theirs will be a gentlemen’s club called Get It.”

The Scalabrian order was founded in 1887. Its mission is to the migrant community, “with a special priority for the poorest migrants,” with outreach in 12 U.S. cities, plus Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. As the order’s founder said according to the tradition of the order: "Remember, my child: your soul belongs to you.  I'll help you save it, but you're the one who must save it."

A religious order preaching personal responsibility? Salvation as a choice, rather than a preordained outcome of a mechanistic universe? 

OK, so now you can understand why the party of abortion would be so incensed with the order.

How dare this “religious” order compete with the federal, state and local governments in providing services to the migrant community in the U.S. Don’t they know that ignoring migrants and then alternately harassing migrants falls only to the whims of governments?

With the help that the sisters give to migrants, before you know it, these migrants will be independent members of society, with a voting-age population that won’t be worth pandering to at all.

And, if there is one thing that Chicago knows how to do well, it’s pandering to voting-age migrants and minority populations.

“This sounds like a matter that involves the Constitution’s prohibition against mixing church with state. The nuns have no right to object to a strip club being built next door to their convent. How could the strip club infect the minds or moral codes of the nuns?

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John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.