Skip to comments.Defining Religious Liberty Down
Posted on 07/30/2012 9:30:35 AM PDT by marshmallow
THE words freedom of belief do not appear in the First Amendment. Nor do the words freedom of worship. Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called the free exercise of religion.
Its a significant choice of words, because it suggests a recognition that religious faith cannot be reduced to a purely private or individual affair. Most religious communities conceive of themselves as peoples or families, and the requirements of most faiths extend well beyond attendance at a sabbath service encompassing charity and activism, education and missionary efforts, and other exercises that any guarantee of religious freedom must protect.
I cannot improve upon the way the first lady of the United States explained this issue, speaking recently to a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Our faith journey isnt just about showing up on Sunday, Michelle Obama said. Its about what we do Monday through Saturday as well ... Jesus didnt limit his ministry to the four walls of the church. He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day.
But Mrs. Obamas words notwithstanding, there seems to be a great deal of confusion about this point in the Western leadership class today.
You can see this confusion at work in the Obama White Houses own Department of Health and Human Services, which created a religious exemption to its mandate requiring employers to pay for contraception, sterilization and the days-after pill that covers only churches, and treats religious hospitals, schools and charities as purely secular operations. The defenders of the H.H.S. mandate note that it protects freedom of worship, which indeed it does. But a genuine free exercise of religion, not so much.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
"It would be refreshing, though, if it were expressed honestly, without the of course we respect religious freedom facade.
If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then dont tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all thats good and decent, and that youre going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.
There, didnt that feel better? Now we can get on with the fight. "
Actually, the crowd on the leftist/fascist democrat bandwagon don't feel better by telling the truth. They get uncomfortable when they try to tell the truth or are around others who are telling the truth. They no longer admit the truth to themselves or tell others the truth because telling lies is such a habit with them that they do it when there's no reason to. Because they're uncomfortable with allowing the truth to cross their lips, they take it for granted that everyone else is a liar just like they are. For them, after all, truth is different for each person and dependent on their own interpretaion of the subject matter.