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Ginning Up "War" on the Catholic Church

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But logic and ethics are one thing. Politics and propaganda are another case altogether.

And just as the American Right loves to make dubious claims about how the Founders wanted a weak central government and favored states' rights -- when the framers of the Constitution actually sought the opposite in wiping out the states-dominated Articles of Confederation and devising a strong central government -- the Right is now asserting that the First Amendment means that the government can't impose a civil law on a religious institution, even when the institution is violating the constitutional rights of individuals.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
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