Let’s Talk Religious Liberty
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
~The First Amendment of the US Constitution
As I write this our president is telling the “Religious Liberty” folks that we’ll have one nation, under God, with “traditional marriage” ( I guess that leaves him out) , and “traditional values” ( once again, leaving him out).
What is foolish about this is that this doesn’t support liberty FOR ALL.
Does this mean Muslims, Buddhists, Jewish, atheists, agnostics, or other faith traditions are included? Simple answer. No, it does not . It doesn’t even include me. I don’t follow the religious right’s beliefs, at all. My God looks a lot different from theirs. My Jesus is a lot different from theirs. I’m a LGBTQ affirming Christian. That means I’m a heretic and I won’t be invited to any of their Christmas parties anytime soon. I don’t believe that God made my whiteness superior to others. I guess that leaves me out of their next klan rally. Darn.
We are on a slippery slope here in America. Our president has no business speaking at a known hate group’s “religious liberty” event. These people don’t want liberty for all. They want all to think, believe, worship, and live as they see fit; they found the right fool to give it to them.
Muslims and Jewish people of faith are targeted everyday. Where is their liberty? Atheists and agnostics are shunned. Where is their liberty? Where’s my liberty for my theology?
Congress may not be making this into law, but that isn’t stopping them from using it to write their laws.
We are starting to see the religious right win seats in the house. That means we are going to start seeing more attacks on our liberties. This is not what I believe God would want for this part of His world. I don’t believe He intended for the Pharisees to take over the government, again. Jesus made that very clear. At least, The Jesus I know.
There’s a lot to disagree on, but I think we can all agree that this isn’t what true liberty looks like.