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Arizona diocese bans speakers with pro-gay, pro-choice views

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted thinks free speech in the church is dangerous. Gov. Napolitano was the first to get the boot.

Bringing the hammer down, because it may corrupt any sheeple that might dare to think. (Tucson Citizen):

Politicians who support issues like abortion and gay rights have been banned from speaking at Catholic churches in the Phoenix Diocese. So far, Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano has been the only one affected by the edict from Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.

Napolitano was forbidden to speak last year at a Catholic church in Scottsdale at an event opposing Proposition 200, a ballot measure that restricted the rights of undocumented immigrants. The event was moved to another site.

In a letter to pastors in December, Olmsted said churches may not invite to speak any politician or other public figure who disagrees with basic church teachings on abortion, gay marriage or other issues. An invitation “would provide them with a platform which would suggest support for their actions,” Olmsted wrote.

Napolitano, a Methodist, said Friday that the ban was broad and not aimed at just her. “I think the church is for praying and that politics are not for inside the church,” she said.

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