Liberals roll their eyes at us. â€œOh, donâ€™t be silly,â€ they say, â€œSure, sexual freedom is taking off, but religious institutions will never have to compromise their faith!â€
I hear this sort of thing all the time. If you mention concern that institutions like Christian schools could face legal action for not hiring a transgender teacher, Democrats will patronize and claim that althoughÂ laws like ENDAÂ (Employment Non-Discrimination Act ) will probably get passed, religious institutions will always be exempt.
So, where is our fear coming from? Are we paranoid?
No, we are not paranoid.
In 2006, Chai FeldblumÂ was quoted as saying, â€œSexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because thatâ€™s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner. Iâ€™m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.â€
Easy for an atheist to say, right? Religious freedom is stupid and problematic to people who donâ€™t have any faith or people who believe that all paths lead to God and there is no right or wrong.
One of the reasons I got interested in politics at all is because my religious freedom and the freedom my baby has when she grows up are vitally important to me. Religious freedom is not something that we just have and can take for granted. Literally, theÂ reasonimmigrants have always been and continue to be drawn to America is because of our religious rights.
Earlier this year, we sawÂ the Romeike familyÂ of eight come from Germany so they could homeschool their children. In Germany, all citizens are required to put their children through the government-approved public school system. Their school system teaches values that contradict Christianity, so the Romeikeâ€™s sought asylum here before POTUS booted them out. It devestates me to think that family is back in their home country where they could face fines or even have their kids taken from them, simply for wantingÂ freedom of religionfor their family.
Sure. Maybe there reallyÂ areÂ many liberals who donâ€™t intend on implementing these laws on Christian and religious industries, but there are many angry atheists who wouldÂ loveÂ to see â€œmean, intolerantâ€ Christian business owners go bankrupt or be put in jail.
Letâ€™s take best case scenerio. Letâ€™s say the libs get their way and all businesses must not discriminate based on sexual orientation â€“ unless they are a religious institution. Hereâ€™s the problem with that. What about business owners who are Christians but run a business that isnâ€™t overtly religious? Read one of my recent articles (here) that lays out several of these Christian business owners who have had to shut their doors or face lawsuits based on not hiring people because of a conflict in faith.
We really are living in a time when our religious rights are under attack. We canâ€™t buy into the lie that our culture is telling us and believe that we are just paranoid. Losing freedom is a real thing that has happened over and over again throughout history, whenever a government gets too big and bloated.
Weâ€™ve got to continue pushing back and informing the ignorant before itâ€™s too late.