(State Seal via Wikipedia)
The battle between the State of Connecticut and the Roman Catholic Church started in March with the surprise introduction of a bill in the state Senate that would have reorganized the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in the state. This bill was sponsored by advocates of same-sex marriage.
Then after the church headed up a successful campaign against the bill, the State of Connecticut ruled that the church was in violation of state lobbyist laws and was subject to a $10,000 fine and criminal charges since the Diocese of Bridgeport had not registered as an official political lobby.
Now the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has filed a federal lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court contending that the actions of the State in requiring them to register as a lobby organization are in direct violation of the church’s constitutional rights.
Response: It has started and this is just the beginning. If the State of Connecticut gets away with regulating the involvement of the Catholic church in political issues than there is nothing to stop that state and others from coming after the rest of us and muzzling all Christians, particularly when in comes to issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.