Saturday, May 29, 2004

Recent question asked of White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan

In Chicago, a militant homosexual group called Rainbow Sash, which has demonstrated during mass of Catholic bishops here in Washington, they're planning to demonstrate during masses in Chicago on Pentecost. So that Archbishop Frances Cardinal George has ordered his clergy to deny them communion.

And my question: Since the First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion, of which (of) these demonstrations are a disruption, (and) the President has no criticism of Cardinal George, does he?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I'm not familiar at all with the specifics of what you're bringing up. But, obviously, those are issues -- those are issues that our religious leaders will address.

The reception of communion is protected under the First Amendment? No, but the reporter who asked seems to think so.


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