Blatant Violation of Church/State Separation in CT

I wouldn’t call it an “anti-Catholic bill” as Jeff Miller does (after all, the majority of legislators in CT are probably Catholic), but a proposed bill before the Connecticut legislature constitutes a blantant violation of the First Amendment.

Here’s the text. It singles out Catholic churches and proposes to require them to structure themselves in a way dictated by the state. They must have a lay board, members are specified, as is a requirement that the bishop be a member without vote. It’s not a totally new bill; it revises an existing statute on incorporation. But this clearly reaches beyond what the First Amendment allows.

Some see similarities with suggestions made by the lay reform group, Voice of the Faithful.