Discrimination is Not Religious Freedom

Written by scott on March 14th, 2015

Reverend Irene MonroeA movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There are a surprisingly number of bills being introduced in state legislative session, which outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRA), but don’t be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination.

This week the Georgia Senate, with a vote of 37-15, approved controversial RFRA (House Bill 1023). The bill doesn’t want the state’s Christian religious conservatives, fundamentalists and evangelicals to “substantially burden” their personal religious practices and beliefs. What, you may ask, could possibly be such a burden to Christians in Georgia that a state law is necessitated? Burden, according the bill, is defined as:

“‘Burden’ means any government action or implementation or application of any law, including, but not limited to, state and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and policies, whether statutory or otherwise, that directly or indirectly constrains, inhibits, curtails, or denies the exercise of religion by any person or that directly or indirectly pressures any person to engage in any action contrary to that person’s exercise of religion, including, but not limited to, withholding benefits, assessing criminal, civil, or administrative penalties, and exclusion from government programs or access to government facilities.”

But let’s be clear, the only religious folk lawmakers hope to protect from a “substantially burden” is Christians. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and other non-Christian Georgians don’t merit protection. As a matter-of-fact, these demographic groups — along with atheists and LGBTQs — can easily be subject to egregious forms of discrimination, bigotry and hate crimes under the guise of religion.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melissa Thompson says:

    I’m so glad to see this focus on the hypocrisy of the whole “religious freedom” argument.Because it is obvious they only want protection applied to their narrow beliefs and no other. We are blessed to live in a country founded on the principal of religious freedom and the individual (key word) right to believe or not believe whatever we want. Sadly as of late that has been interpreted as pertaining to and protections have only been afforded to Christian beliefs as you point out. Seeing all this faith based legislation is hard, but knowing it is blatant promotion and preference by government and in violation of the establishment clause is most frustrating. I am hopeful as more become aware of this insidious take over that they will wake up and stand against it. The founders knew the problems religion could create in the business side of government and they knew the pain of being told what to believe by their government so they enshrined our “individual” right to have our own beliefs and protected them while prohibiting government from getting involved or dictating religion to prevent what they had… government run religion. We must remember, we are an ever evolving nation and one day Christianity will not be the majority religion, are they ready to be expected to follow the tenets of a faith not their own?

  2. Mr Eric G. Osterberg says:

    These types of religious bills do not warrant review by any civil organization and should be denied as they discriminate against American citizens.

  3. David Rivera says:

    Religious Freedom = freedom to practice a religion of your choosing or even none….freedom of choice.

    Separation of Church and State = no religious bias when creating laws

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