But there is a fundamental problem here: the assumption implicit in the name of the Religious Liberty “Restoration” Act that religious liberty has been somehow in disrepair.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Religious liberty has been alive and well in the United States for a long time, and has been defended vigorously not only by our political superstructure, but also in the judicial system. The notion that religious liberties need “restoring” is both preposterous, but more importantly, misleading.
That’s how some Christians get the completely false notion that they are a minority or that their rights our somehow under attack.
I can’t claim authorship for the table below, I found it on the Internet. But it does distinguish nicely between when someone’s religious liberties are and are not being violated.
Your Liberties ARE being violated
Your Liberties are NOT being violated
You are not allowed to attend a religious service of your choosing
You are not allowed to legally marry the person that you love
You are being forced to use birth control even though it’s against your religion
You are not allowed to pray privately in a public space, or even in your home
You are not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or materials
You are not allowed to teach your children stories of your faith, even at home
Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing
Someone else is allowed to legally marry the person they love
You are unable to prevent others from using birth control
You are not allowed to force others to pray publicly
Others are allowed access to books, movies and website that you don’t like
Public school science classes are teaching children science.
These are the ramblings of a disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
About this Blog
This blog tackles the two bête noire of dinner-table conversation, politics and religion. What politics and religion have in common these days is the almost complete absence of critical thinking. Religion is mostly characterized by wishful thinking, whereas politics is mostly characterized by increasingly polemicized rhetoric designed to inflame instead of inform. If nothing else, I want people to wake up and stop being seduced by deluded thinking.