Religious Liberty

This is a term that is flowing freely today. It is interesting to see interpretations of it running rampant. Let’s break it down:

Religious Freedom, or freedom of religion is “The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government.” And it is protected by the first amendment which states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. You can obviously see why all of this gets tricky right?

Well if not, consider this. In the US, the majority religion is Christianity. Around 77% of the adult population in the US identifies as Christian (note that this does not recognize church attendance or level of commitment, merely that they consider themselves to be such). Now religious freedom means that just because 3/4 of the population identify as Christian, the other 1/4 still has rights. They are allowed to practice their religion and are not forced to follow Christian rule.

Religious freedom IS NOT under attack for Christians. Having your religion under attack is being told you cannot worship. Being told that you cannot lead prayer as a public school teacher is not an attack on religious freedom because nothing says you cannot pray, just do it how Jesus says you should…not as the braggart in front of the crowd. Well then what about removing Under God from the Pledge, surely that is an attack. Again, just stop. There are numerous examples of the pledge not having that line. The original was written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist. So get over the pledge. How about Gay Marriage, and global warming, and Hobby Lobby though?

Again, get your act together. Is anyone stopping you from practicing your religion? This Hobby Lobby crap for example. Health insurance is given as a benefit. That means that it is given to an employee as compensation for their work. Since it is then the employees (not the employers) you can’t really call that attack on religious freedom, at least not for the Christian employer in this particular case.

Take all the examples you want, but unless wearing a cross (like a hijab here) causes you trouble in the workplace, or having a white complexion (similar to being middle eastern in several cases) gets you followed through a store, then you really aren’t facing discrimination. Unless your wanting to put up a statue of the ten commandments raises as much trouble as wanting to raise a satanic one, then you are not facing discrimination.

I am not saying that Christians do not face issues with religious freedom. However, if you are a Christian living in the US and believe that your religious liberties are under attack, spend a week living in an Islamic country, or even living as a member of another religion in our country. Try taking off the appropriate time to celebrate the religious holidays as a Jewish person. After that, let’s talk.

But until then, grow up.


About rigsurfer

A Brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc., Joined in Fall 2010. Completed a B.A. in English at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University in 2015. Passionate about Leadership and Diversity as well as Ducks, Scooby Doo, and reading.
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