Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The End of Religious Freedom
After reading an editorial in The New York Times from last Sunday, along with a column by Ross Douthat, I realized that those who believe in heterosexual marriage as the only form of marriage are being bullied into supporting a practice they reject on the basis of conscious, usually a religiously-informed conscience. Those who hold such principles are being lumped in with racists and other bigots. "Gay is the new black, " read one distressingly revealing sign.
Therefore, in just a few decades, the most widely held social institution in the world's history, heterosexual marriage, has been legally rendered just one choice among many. (Yes, polygamy and poly-amorous liaisons will soon by legalized and given marriage status). Further, those who adhere to traditional marriage will be forced--even in their private businesses, and against their religious beliefs--to abide by a secular state's edicts. As this happens, The First Amendment's provision for "the free exercise of religion" (the right of religious citizens to influence all of culture and have their conscience honored) is deconstructed to mean "the freedom to worship" (what you do in private is your business--as long as you do not discriminate against homosexuals, lesbians, transsexuals, etc.).
Welcome to a nightmare that would have horrified the founders of the United States of America. The "American Experiment" (Abraham Lincoln) is close to failing. Ordered liberty under law has become tyranny in the name of equality.