A year after Catholic Charities [forced to] end adoptions, Illinois [Catholic] governor [praises and prays with Muslims]
CWN – August 22, 2012
At an Eid ceremony that marked the end of Ramadan, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois decried attacks on Muslims and lauded religious freedom.
Quinn, who knelt toward Mecca during the ceremony, called religious freedom “the most American and fundamental freedom that we have in our country.”
“The First Amendment of our Constitution says that everyone, everyone has the right to practice their religion and their faith without fear of intimidation,” he added.
At the ceremony, Quinn signed a bill permitting college students to take exams on alternate days when they conflict with a religious holiday.
Quinn’s remarks come a year after he signed civil-union legislation that led the state to end adoption and foster-care contracts with Catholic Charities, which refused to place children with same-sex couples. Quinn, a Catholic, has also been criticized by the state’s bishops for his support for abortion.
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