Class Warfare Blog

March 29, 2016

Religious Liberty Runs Amok

The latest code words for the religious wishing to be able to discriminate illegally is “religious liberty.” The Constitution guarantees all of us the right to practice our religion without government interference. Unfortunately, the religious are now trying to impose their “rights” onto the secular government and onto us.

Basically, owners of businesses are claiming the right to refuse service to anyone that would violate their religious beliefs. This can include the businesses own employees. In a case before the Supreme Court a number of businesses say that being required to provide contraception services as part of mandated government health care provisions violates their religious proscription against artificial birth control. This is in spite of the fact that a specific religious proscription of artificial birth control, 98.2% of Catholic women surveyed volunteered the fact that they used artificial birth control. What this means is these business are arguing that the government needs to help them to enforce a religious prescription that the Church itself cannot enforce and enforce it on their employees whether or not they are Catholics. Amazing!

I have a novel idea: if you can’t do business without violating the law, pick another business.

If you are an Ultraconservative Jew who can’t interact with women or be in close proximity to women, don’t open an lingerie shop. If you are a Mormon who cannot drink coffee, don’t buy into a Starbucks. If you are a Buddhist who is forbidden to eat meat, don’t buy a McDonalds franchise. Seems simple enough.

If you truly accept the tenants of your faith, accept the limitations and don’t force the rest of us to enforce your chosen limitations on others.

Basically, it comes down to the idea that religion should not be used as an excuse to refuse service to anyone via a legal commercial enterprise. If you decide to go into business, you are accepting the premise that our government (which equates to all of us collectively) sets the rules and if you cannot abide by those, do something else.

You have the personal freedom to exercise your religion as you see fit; you do not have the collective right to make us exercise it as you see fit.

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4 Comments »

  1. The trend appears to be towards forced (artificial) persecution.

    Comment by john zande — March 29, 2016 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • Sick, sick, sick … but funny! Where would you fernoors be with out us God-fearin’ ‘Mericans to laugh at?

      On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:12 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 29, 2016 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  2. Your post hit a nerve with me — been thinking hard about writing a post related to the proliferation of “religious rights” intruding into … just about everything!

    Comment by Nan — March 29, 2016 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

    • We need to keep hammering away at this erosion of secular rights, otherwise we are going to end up living in a theocracy, and the people desiring that right now aren’t particularly nice people (Ted Cruz, et. al.)

      On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 2:05 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 29, 2016 @ 2:40 pm | Reply


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