Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Video: Omaha Archdiocese thumbed its nose at laws prohibiting poll politicking

Other fascinating activities of Omaha's busy archdiocese

Filmed at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4513 S 32nd St., by Omaha videographer shoot-to-fill during the general election last November 6th: electioneering at the polling place. In fact, if you look close, you may even spot what we think is bilingual electioneering!
     Wonder what the calculus of this decision sounded like, provided there was any clerical soul-searching over it in the first place (which may assume way too much.)
     Hmm. Shall we beat our breasts about how "religious liberty" is infringed when Catholic polling places are made to follow the rules covering lesser secular institutions or shall we pragmatically undermine the law and illicitly influence voters by simply ignoring it?
     Practicality vs. Godly Principal, and the former seems to have prevailed. Imagine that.
     Here's the law, in case you're interested. Obviously, the unindicted criminals at Omaha's Roman Catholic Archdiocese aren't.
Above: from the website touted
by Omaha Archdiocese at polls
No person shall do any electioneering, circulate petitions, or perform any action that involves solicitation within any polling place or any building designated for voters to cast ballots by the election commissioner or county clerk pursuant to the Election Act while the polling place or building is set up for voters to cast ballots or within two hundred feet of any such polling place or building. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a Class V misdemeanor. (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-1524(2))

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