Well my bitches, time to get a bit political tonight. It seems the leader of our nation, or his administration, deems it appropriate to draft an executive order to broaden the definition of what defines religious organizations. As reported on MSN, the executive order would ‘broaden religious freedom protections to “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious.”‘
The draft states “Persons and organizations do not forfeit their religious freedom when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts: or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments”. In short, a person, or business, could refuse service and claim they were following their religious beliefs. Based on the wording of the order not only could the person or business be able to do so, any person, or entity (including a city, state or government) that said you have to provide services to all people, then that person or entity would be in violation. Let’s take the Kim Davis story from last year after the Supreme Courts ruled that same-sex couples were afforded the same privileges as heterosexual couples. Even as a state employee, the order would protect Ms. Davis for upholding her religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, while denying the civil rights of the same sex couple wishing to seek a marriage license.
So, while I do agree that no single person can “forfeit their religious freedom”, meaning a person can choose to believe what they want, that doesn’t mean that freedom extends to the point that it denies the civil rights, or belief system, of another. In other words, I can be a Christian, and I can believe a god created the Earth and universe, but that doesn’t give me the right to force others to believe as I do. That, my bitches, is religious freedom: Everyone is free to believe in whomever, whatever, or even nothing.
I won’t go into more detail of the order and start a religious or political debate, but I want to throw out some potential unintended consequences of this order if signed. Will those same protections extend if, for example, a Muslim florist refuses to fulfill and order for a Christian wedding? Could a practitioner of Rastafari be prosecuted for use of cannabis?
It will be interesting to see where this leads over the next few days, and to see if the President, and his advisers, are considering the entire religious community in their order, or only Christians. If it’s the latter, and the order is signed, expect not only a strong and immediate backlash, but also more along the lines of the law of unintended consequences as non-Christians leverage this to their advantage.
Good night my bitches, until next time,