Friday, August 7, 2015

The politics of "religious liberty"

In short, the term “religious liberty” has been bastardized. It simply does not mean the same thing in the constitutional and statutory contexts. It should come as no surprise that when Congress spawned religious liberty, it was a political tool, politically motivated, and sure to invite political discord without reference to constitutional principles that would otherwise wrap religious liberty into our republican form of government. When religious liberty became political tinder, it was debased and divorced from a balance between liberty and licentiousness and transformed into a ticket for courts to be super legislators and the believer to do whatever the believer wants. ....

Thus, there is constitutional religious liberty that was in place until 1990 and which yielded remarkable peace and responsibility between believers and their society. And there is the statutory religious liberty post-1990 that tells believers to run over any law contrary to their belief.

1 comment:

JCF said...

Meanwhile, you've got that county clerk in Kentucky, who'll defy every court order, just so she can keep slamming the courthouse doors on same-sex couples who want to marry. Here's the thing: if your "religious liberty" causes you to slam your HOUSE's doors, or your CHURCH's doors, have at it (unconscionable, IMO, but within your rights). The PEOPLE'S doors? You're in the wrong job.