This is the official position of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Religious Tolerance.
All persons of faith and non-faith postures deserve dignity and respect.
All positions on this page are included in our church canons and bylaws.
We feel these positions are in keeping with our beliefs that Christ taught a message of social justice and are in keeping with a liberation theology.
We do not apologize for holding these beliefs closely to our hearts and standing, speaking, and acting on these beliefs.
We are a Christian parish that follows the teachings of Christ, however, we recognize that many of our sisters and brothers have other very closely held faith beliefs or non-faith beliefs.
If we are to live our mission of social justice we must honor and support them in their spiritual journey.
To deny the right to a system of faith belief is to deny the right to our own.
We believe that each person should have the right to practice his or her own faith or no-faith belief to the point that it is a personal practice in his or her own home and own house or place of worship.
One’s religious rights or beliefs however should not impede upon the health, safety, or welfare of another person or a community, such as the denial of housing, food, or medical care simply because the other persons religious beliefs or manner of living does not meet one’s religious standards.
There should be no religious test to determine ones fitness to receive government services, food, clothing, housing and shelter, medical services of any kind, employment (outside of religious institutions), or legal protections from law enforcement.