This is about an article on ChristianPost.com expanding on the topic of religious freedom. It’s worth revisiting.
The State of Illinois is terminating its relationship with Catholic Charities. If I understand correctly, the termination came about because Catholic Charities does not place children for adoption with gay couples. Illinois law now allows gay marriages and adoptions.
Catholic Charities claims it religious freedoms are being harmed. It does not place children with gay couples for religious reasons. The State’s gay marriage legistlation was not to infringe on anyone’s religious freedom.
So, we’re returning to the question, “What is meant by religous freedom?” Is is to believe and worship in any way you choose? Or, it is to conduct business in anyway you choose, even if it means depriving certain groups of their rights and/or discriminating against such groups?
If we could take our current laws and political practices and project them backwards to, say, 1950, here is what the majority of voters would be saying. “Do not integrate the schools in our state. Forcing my child to go to the same school as Negro children violates my religious freedom.” The religious freedom they would have been talking about was a Bible based prohibition of interracial marriage.
In my opinion, Catholic Charites is making a mistake by using this argument. They are bound to lose. It may jepordize other places were the “religious freedom” excuse is used.
In this era of faith based institutions receiving tons of money from government, it would be wise for churches not to overreach.
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