Gay Activists Fear Religious Freedom

December 10th, 2014
The Republican-controlled Michigan state assembly has just approve the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would allow exemptions from certain state laws in favor of strongly-held religious beliefs. Thanks to Darius Fisher for sharing this story with me.

The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was signed by Bill Clinton in 1993. The case that gave it rise involved Oregon Native Americans being refused unemployment payments based on their use of peyote. Peyote is a psychoactive drug derived from a small cactus, but it is used in religious rituals by some groups.

More recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby did not have to provide health insurance options that included coverage of abortion-causing contraceptives based on the RFRA. Religious people do not separate their work life from the rest of their existence and allow themselves to do what them deem wrong so long as it be a business matter. Therefore, the clamor over corporations not being people is a distraction.

Lansing and 32 other Michigan towns have passed city ordinances against “anti-gay discrimination.” They fear that a Michigan RFRA would somehow violate the rights of gays. For example, they see it as a punishable offense for workers at a wedding-planning company to not participate in gay weddings, which they personally see as immoral. Thus, the fear is that freedom of conscience will be upheld for non-gays, not that gays will suffer any real harm.

One Response to “Gay Activists Fear Religious Freedom”

  1. Faithfulina Gibbs says:

    People own businesses and make decisions that control them. The two cannot be ultimately separated. Oregon wanted to keep unemployment money from going toward the purchase of drugs, but the RFRA overrode them based on religious concerns. This is simply right for the bestessays com good habits and they way they handled all the reviews given to them.

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