Republican ideas about religious freedom are just bizarre – how is insisting everyone live according to your particular religious beliefs, how is forcing everyone to allow you to lead prayers to your particular god at school board meetings and so forth, promote religious freedom?
If I am forced to live according to your religious tenets, where are my religious freedoms? If I am not allowed contraception because your religion is opposed to it, where are my religious freedoms? What if as a woman you want an abortion and you are told, “no, that’s against my religion”? If I have to listen to you lead a prayer to your god while I am forced to sit in silence, where are my religious freedoms?
Rob Boston of Americans United noted this discrepancy as it relates to the Catholic Church:
But to the bishops, “religious liberty” has a very specific meaning. The church hierarchy tends to use the term when seeking to have church dogma written into law for all Americans to follow or when they’re demanding exemptions from general laws that apply to all groups.
Yeah…that’s not really religious liberty. It’s only religious liberty if we all have the same religious liberties. Otherwise its special rights.
Republicans don’t seem to see the irony. They simply keep insisting that their religious freedoms are being infringed because they can’t do whatever they want while we…sit on our hands.
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