This quote from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in his new book Render Unto Caesar emphasizes the stand Christians need to take regarding public issues.
"Obviously the common good demands a respect for other people with different beliefs and a willingness to compromise whenever possible. But for Catholics, the common good can never mean muting themselves in public debate on foundational issues of faith or human dignity. Christian faith is always personal but never private. This is why any notion of tolerance that tries to reduce faith to a private idiosyncrasy, or a set of opinions that we can indulge at home but need to be quiet about in public, will always fail. As a friend once said, 'it's like asking a married man to act single in public.' He can certaly do that--but he won't stay married for long."
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