http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/22/religious-liberty-an-alarming-new-era-for-religiou/ http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/21/religious-freedom-is-not-dangerous-but-losing-it-is/ http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2015/08/the-decline-and-fall-of-religious-freedom-in-america/
I understand the seeking of society to create one where there is no discrimination, where everyone feels comfortable etc.., a utopia with unicorns etc.. For one, that is not realistic, as life is not a utopia, feeling do get hurt, we are supposed to use discrimination in our actions, choices, decisions, so we have an orderly life and society. That is why we have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that says not Freedom of Worship on Sunday Only and In Private Only. It says Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion, religious expression, and no interference of that from government was of great importance to the Founders of the Republic, and that is why we have a Bill of Rights. Freedom of Religion is tied in with other freedoms in the Bill of Rights, which people don’t realize, such as Assembly, Speech and Press. All of these are intertwined, and though there must never be a call to violence or hatred of any other group of faith etc.., or violence, taking of life for any reason internally or externally by any group or member of a faith group, the free exercise of Religion must be protected, as it is intertwined with other freedoms. Once you begin to chip away at religious freedom, then the others follow and soon you do not have a Constitutional Democratic Republic. The right of conscience extends to the owners of a businesses deciding on what principles that business will be run, so long as it does not again engage in violence or anything of that nature. The conscience of faith of that CEO etc.. must be honored, as must the church, synagogue etc.., their right to teach the tenets of their faith, that includes sin and what sin is, and salvation from sin. You don’t have to like it, but you do have to suck it up.
I am reminded of a Poem by Martin Niemoller that goes like this:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
This is why I speak out for Israel, for faith, for Judaism, which I am very drawn to and a part of, the faith of Jesus, savior, king, friend, as well as Christianity, the faith of my mother and family. I speak out on the direction our nation is going, a direction where progressives etc.. demand everyone accommodate them, their views etc.., at the expense of all other views, at the cost of eradicating all other views, particularly religious ones. That can not, must not be permitted. NEVER AGAIN!!! The founders gave us a Democratic Constitutional Republic and that must be honored and preserved. To allow religious freedom to be destroyed for political correctness etc… would be a slap in the face or worse for all those who fought and shed blood to create a Republic where we could have all these freedoms. As always responsibility comes with that, and we must also remember that as well.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen