Religious Business

religious_freedom_largeIt is a sad day in America when religious leaders feel the need to write the President a letter asking for an exemption to the  proposed executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people working for federal government contractors. How, oh how, have we come to such a place in this Christian nation the land of the free?

It is beyond belief that our President, who claims to be is a Christian, would contemplate legitimizing a lifestyle that can only be described as icky disgusting sinful by forcing religious groups to treat them like actual human beings give them the same opportunities as anyone else hire and promote them. This country is on the highway to hell and that Kenyan Muslim man is in the driver’s seat.

Never fear, brothers and sisters, because good people like Rick Warren and others are standing against the tide of justice fighting the good fight. As I said in the opening paragraph of this piece, Warren and a host of other conservative/evangelical diverse religious leaders have penned a letter to the President saying, “We have great appreciation for your commitment to human dignity and justice, and we share those values with you” as long it doesn’t affect us and “We believe that all persons are created in the divine image of the creator, and are worthy of respect and love, without exception” well, maybe not those icky gays, but everyone else? Sure. That is why they “are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need again, everyone except the gays, because “ick”. And, is that really so much to ask?

Now , a more cynical soul might think that saying “Without a robust religious exemption, like the provisions in the Senate-passed ENDA, this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom” is a blatant backhanded attempt at blackmail, but that’s just silly. Warren and company are merely stating the facts: if conservative Christian all religious groups aren’t allowed some leeway in their business ministerial practices, they will have to choose between helping people in need and discriminating against those disgusting homos their morals. God knows, that’s not a choice anyone should have to make. 

It’s not as if they’re asking for special treatment. As they say, “…, a religious exemption in this executive order would not guarantee that religious organizations would receive contracts. Instead, a religious exemption would simply maintain that religious organizations will not be automatically disqualified or disadvantaged in obtaining contracts because of their religious beliefs” even if it would allow us to continue discriminating against LGBT people; thus violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the order.

In truth, all this letter asks for is that the Muslim in the White House President respect conservative Christians’ our First Amendment rights. I couldn’t agree more because, by forcing me to do things that show,  love to my neighbor, to my enemy, to everyone around me (which is the essence of the Gospel) not including a religious exemption to an anti-discrimination law this executive order, you are infringing on my religious freedom. And that, by God, is unconstitutional.